Fr Patrick O'Sullivan sj grew up in Brisbane, Australia, where he was educated by the Christian Brothers. After school, he went to Melbourne to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1951 he joined the Jesuits, and was ordained by Cardinal Gilroy in 1962. He taught at St Ignatius' College, Riverview, NSW, and after ordination spent his tertianship in Paray le Monial, France. He completed an MA in Philosophy at Melbourne University, and later did a PhD in Philosophy at Queensland University. His appointments have included Dean of Newman College, Melbourne; Dean and University Chaplain at St Thomas More College, Perth; Vice Rector and University Chaplain at University of Queensland and Rector of Students at Campion College, Melbourne. From 1973-79 he was Provincial of the Jesuit Order in Australia and then Secretary for the Christian Life Communities in Rome, followed by a stint as Pastoral Assistant for the Jesuit Refugee Service, East Africa. While involved in the retreat ministry, he was also editor of the Jesuit magazine of spirituality, Madonna, for a number years, and his most recent post was as resident spiritual director of Corpus Christi Regional Seminary in Melbourne.