HIS EMINENCE KEITH MICHAEL PATRICK CARDINAL O'BRIEN KM GCHS BSc DipEd DD LLD
Cardinal Priest of the title of Ss Joachim and Anne ad Tusculanum
Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews and Edinburgh
Born at Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 17 March 1938.
Educated Ballycastle; St Stephen’s Primary School, Dalmuir; St Patrick’s High School, Dumbarton; Holy Cross Academy, Edinburgh; University of Edinburgh (BSc 1959, DipEd 1966); St. Andrew’s College, Drygrange.
Ordained priest 3 April 1965 by the Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray. Curate Holy Cross, Trinity (1965 - 66); Chaplain St Columba’s Secondary School, Dunfermline and assistant St Bride's, Cowdenbeath (1966 - 71); curate St Patrick’s, Kilsyth (1972 - 75); curate St Mary’s, Bathgate (1975 - 78); spiritual director St Andrew’s College, Drygrange (1978 - 80); rector St Mary’s College, Blairs (1980 - 85); nominated Metropolitan Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh 30 May 1985; ordained by Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray, St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh 5 August 1985; Apostolic Administrator Diocese of Argyll and the Isles (1996 - 99); created cardinal priest of the title of Ss Joachim and Anne ad Tusculanum 21 October 2003; member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
Grand Prior of the Scottish Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2001); Knight Grand Cross (2003); Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (2005). )
Doctor of Laws ad honoris causa, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish (2004); Doctor of Divinity ad honoris causa, University of St Andrews (2004); Doctor of Divinity ad honoris causa, University of Edinburgh (2004).
Resignation of the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese tendered and accepted nunc pro tunc by Pope Benedict XVI 13 Novermber 2012. Definitively accepted 25 February 2013.