Patrick Jurd was born and educated in Parramatta. He completed a Science degree at Sydney University, before moving south to marry AnneMaree Eddy. They now have two adult sons. He taught for more than twenty-five years in Lasallian schools and it was the inspiration of the Lasallian charism that led to his writing reflections. He has over thirty years’ teaching experience in Melbourne Catholic schools and twenty years’ experience in faith leadership. Patrick is currently the Director of Faith and Religious Education at Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie.