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Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

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The present Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh is Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien.

Cardinal O’Brien was born at Ballycastle in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland on 17 March 1938. His studies for the priesthood were at St. Andrew’s College, Drygrange, Roxburghshire and he was ordained priest on 3 April 1965 by his predecessor, Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray.

After some years serving as an assistant priest, teacher, and school chaplain, he was moved to full time parish apostolate in St Patrick’s, Kilsyth from 1972 until 1975 and then St Mary’s, Bathgate from 1975 until 1978. He was appointed Spiritual Director to St Andrew’s College, Drygrange from 1978 until 1980; and then was appointed Rector of St Mary’s College, the junior seminary at Blairs, Aberdeen from 1980 until 1985.

Cardinal O’Brien was nominated Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh on 30 May 1985 and was ordained by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray, then archbishop emeritus of St Andrews and Edinburgh, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh on 5 August 1985. Pope John Paul II created the Archbishop cardinal priest, with the titles of Ss Joachim and Anne ad Tusculanum on 21 October 2003.

After his creation as Cardinal, Cardinal O’Brien was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and also a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

He is at present the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and fulfils various engagements outwith his own Archdiocese at the request of other members of the Bishops’ Conference.