Father Mendo Ataíde
Father Mendo was born in Lisbon and there attended the Military College. He took part in a school exchange programme in the United States of America which stirred him spiritually in his search for God. He graduated in Management from the Catholic University of Lisbon and it was through the activities of the chaplaincy and the Missão País (Country Mission), that the first seeds of his vocation were sown. He went on to study Philosophy at the University of Santa Cruz in Rome, later joining the Seminary at Olivais and the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Lisbon. He was ordained to the priesthood at Jerónimos Monastery on the 28th of June 2020 and took up the role of parish vicar in Cascais on the 6th of July of the same year.