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Rui Valério

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Rui I[1]

Patriarch of Lisbon
ChurchCatholic Church
Appointed10 August 2023
Installed2 September 2023
PredecessorManuel III
Ordination23 March 1991
by Alberto Cosme do Amaral
Consecration25 November 2018
by Manuel Clemente
Personal details
Rui Manuel Sousa Valério

(1964-12-24) 24 December 1964 (age 59)
Previous post(s)Military Ordinary of Portugal (2018–23)
Alma mater
MottoIn manibus Tuis
("Into Your hands")
Coat of arms

Rui Manuel Sousa Valério, SMM (born 24 December 1964), officially Dom Rui I,[2]is a Portuguese prelate of the Catholic Church and a member of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (Monfortans) who has been the Patriarch of Lisbon since September 2023. He has been a bishop since 2018 and headed the Military Ordinariate of Portugal from 2018 to 2023.


Rui Manuel Sousa Valério was born on 24 December 1964 in Urqueira, Ourem, Portugal.[3][4] He first learned of Fatima from his grandmother, who witnessed the apparition of 13 October 1917.[5] He entered the Monfortan Seminary in Fatima at the age of 11, became a novice in 1984 in Santeramo in Colle, Bari, Italy, and took his first vows on 6 September 1985. He studied at the Pontifical Lateran University and earned a licentiate in theology with a specialty in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1992.[6] He took his vows as a Monfortan on 6 October 1990 and was ordained a priest for that order on 23 March 1991[3] in the Cova da Iria neighborhood of Fátima by Bishop Alberto Cosme do Amaral.[5]

He continued his studies while a priest, participating in a study on the writings of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Monfort and on Morfortian spirituality in 1995–96 at the Monfort International Center in Leuven, Belgium. He also undertook doctoral studies in theology at the Catholic University of Portugal in 1997.[6]

He served at the parish of Castelverde di Lunghezza in Rome in 1991–92; military chaplain at the Navy Hospital in Lisbon in 1992–93; parish vicar in Castro Verde in the Diocese of Beja from 1993 to 1995; parish vicar in Póvoa de Santo Adrião in Lisbon; and chaplain at the Naval School in Alfaiates from 2008 to 2011; and vicar of the deanery of Loures-Odivelas in Lisbon in 2014.[3]

Within his order he was formator of postulants from 2007 to 2011, counsellor to the Major Superior for the Delegation, and local superior.[3]

On 27 October 2018, Pope Francis appointed him the ordinary of the Military Ordinariate of Portugal.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 25 November,[7] and he was installed on 11 December at the Igreja da Memória, the Cathedral of the Diocese of the Armed and Security Forces.[8] He was the first Portuguese Monfortan to become a bishop.[6]

On 10 August 2023, Pope Francis appointed him the Patriarch of Lisbon.[9][10][11] He was installed on 2 September.[12]


  1. ^ "Patriarca de Lisboa vai ter um encontro com os padres". Patriarchate of Lisbon (in Portuguese). 13 October 2023. Retrieved 15 October 2023. O Patriarca de Lisboa, D. Rui Valério ... D. Rui Valério
  2. ^ Expresso - Explicador: Porque é que se chama Patriarca ao bispo de Lisboa?
  3. ^ a b c d e "Resignations and Appointments, 27.10.2018" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  4. ^ Monteiro, Liliana (10 August 2023). "D. Rui Valério é o novo patriarca de Lisboa". Renascença (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  5. ^ a b Silva, Maria Anabela (10 August 2023). "Natural de Ourém, Rui Valério é o novo patriarca de Lisboa". Jornal de Leiria (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b c "Quem é Rui Valério, o novo patriarca de Lisboa que foi o primeiro monfortino português bispo?" (in Portuguese). TSF. 10 August 2023. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Bispo Rui Valério é o novo Patriarca de Lisboa". CNN Portugal (in Portuguese). 10 August 2023. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Bispo". Ordinariato Castrense (in Portuguese). 24 January 2019. Archived from the original on 29 March 2023. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  9. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 10.08.2023" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 10 August 2023. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  10. ^ O'Connell, Gerard (10 August 2023). "Pope Francis makes surprise appointment of missionary as Lisbon Patriarch". America. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Pope Francis names Montfort Missionary as new Patriarch of Lisbon". Vatican News. 10 August 2023. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  12. ^ "Novo Patriarca de Lisboa saúda vítimas "de todo o tipo de abusos"". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 2 September 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Patriarch of Lisbon
2 September 2023 – present
Preceded by Military Ordinary of Portugal
11 December 2018 – 10 August 2023