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Cardinal O'Brien

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Cardinal O'Brien
H.E. Keith Michael Patrick Card. O'BRIEN
Archbishop of St Andrew's and Edinburgh
77 (Born Thursday, March 17, 1938)
Cardinal since:
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Cardinal Priest of Sts. Joachim and Anne at the Tuscolano

Cardinal Keith Patrick Michael O’Brien, Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh (Scotland), was born on 17 March 1938 in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was ordained a priest on 3 April 1965. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh and a diploma in education.

Cardinal O’Brien served as assistant parish priest and as chaplain of St Columba Secondary School in Cowdenbeath, where he taught math. He was spiritual director of St Andrew's College in Drygrange and rector of St Mary’ College, Blairs. On 5 August 1985 he was ordained Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. In 1991, Archbishop O’Brien was awarded the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem: Knight Commander with star. From 1996-99 he served as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles, and in 2001 he was appointed Acting President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

Since March 2002, Cardinal O’Brien has been President of the Bishops’ Conference.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Title of Sts. Joachim and Anne in Tuscolano.

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