Father Isaac Achi, who was killed during an armed assault on his parish rectory in Niger state, Nigeria, on Sunday morning, had survived a Boko Haram attack 12 years earlier, an obituary in the Daily Trust newspaper says.
It is not clear who was behind yesterday's incident, but another priest who survived Sunday's incident said the gunmen were shouting jihadi slogans.
On Christmas day 2011, a suicide bomber hit a church in Madalla, Niger state, where Father Achi was working at the time, the Daiy Trust reports.
More than 30 people were killed and others were injured, but Father Achi was unhurt and then led the memorial service.
He survived several other attacks, including a kidnapping, the Daily Trust says quoting a family source.
Father Achi was the chairman of the local branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which condemned his killing and expressed concern about a recent spate of attacks on Christians.
Niger state Governor Alhaji Sani Bello Abubakar condemned the attack as “ungodly and inhumane” and ordered local security forces to pursue the assailants.
Nigeria has been battling militant Islamist group Boko Haram - and its offshoots - for more than a decade. Its fighters have targeted both Christians and Muslims in that time.