Fr João de Santa Rita de Cassia was born as Joao Cornelio Monteiro. He was born in Ericeira. he came to Goa in the mission of 1743. He was the Rector of the Colegio do Populo in Goa for three times 1769-1771, 1772 – 1774 and in 1777. He died in Macau in 1779.