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I’ve tried looking online to find any married priests who are venerated by the church as saints throughout history. However I haven’t been able to find any, on google all that pops up are married catholic priest articles for today lol. Does anyone know of any venerated saint who was a married priest? Thank you and God bless.

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Christ is in our midst!!

Jragzz123,

Welcome to the forum. St. John of Kronstadt comes immediately to mind. He served his entire priestly career at the naval base of Kronstadt before the Russian Revolution of 1917. He was married and known as a mystic.

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You'll not find him in the Roman Martyrology, but I believe St. Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre qualifies.

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Welcome to the forum, Jragzz123,

As Bob and Utroque note, Saints John of Kronstadt and Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre certainly meet the criteria you've described but I rather suspect that you're looking for a Saint venerated in the Western (Latin) Church. It's likely that there are probably several among the Saints of the early Church, when celibacy was not yet the order of the day, but identifying them can be difficult as details that specific aren't always incorporated into the hagiographic biographies that one readlly finds online. If you are seeking more contemporary examples, I think one must look to the priests of our Orthodox brothers and sisters - as Bob and Utroque have done. I can offer you one example from the early Church, an individual venerated by both the Catholic and Orthodox communions.

St Gregory of Nazianzus (276-374), also known as St Gregory the Elder, husband of St Nonna (EO/EC & Latin feast 8/5), father of Saints Gregory the Theologian (EO/EC feast 1/25, Latin 1/2), Caesarius of Nazianzus (EO/EC feast 3/9, Latin 2/25), and Gorgonia (EO/EC feast 2/23, Latin 12/9).

As I said, St Gregory the Elder is venerated in the Eastern Churches, Orthodox and Catholic, and in the Latin Church, as are also his wife and all three of their children. His feast is observed on January 1 in all of these Churches, He was converted from a Jewish-pagan sect by his wife, later ordained a priest, and ultimately served as Bishop of Nazianzus, an office to which his son, the renowned St Gregory the Theologian, as co-adjutor, succeeded on his death. The powerful oration given at his funeral by his St Gregory the Theologian suggests that the Elder Gregory's relative obscurity among the Saints is an underestimation of the part that he played in the Church of the day and in the raising of three children who would each become Saints in thier own right.

It's difficult to find an icon of him among the myriad of Saints Gregory. Most identified as of him, on further investigation, turn out to be of his better known son who is also occasionally identified as St Gregory of Nazianzus, versus his more common styling as St Gregory the Theologian. This (scroll down) is the only icon that I can find which consistently seems to be identified as of him. (The text of the funeral oration that I referenced above follows below the icon and bio on the linked page.).

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