Patrick hailed from Cardiff where he was born on 28 November 1923. He first encountered the Jesuits at school – Mount St Mary's College, Spinkhill near Sheffield – and decided to explore his vocation at St Beuno’s in North Wales, at the age of just 17 (September 1941).
William joined the Jesuits in 1971. He has served as a pastor to street homeless in London. He was parish priest at Farm Street Church from 2005 to 2012, and is now on the chaplaincy team at Manchester Universities' catholic Chaplaincy