Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ireland's Non Residential Cardinals (Part VI)

Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien

March 17, 1938, Ballycastle, Ireland. He was a child when his parents migrated to Scotland.


University of Edinburgh, Seminary of Edinburgh.

Pre-Episcopal Career

Ordained, April 3, 1965, Edinburgh, by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray, archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. In the archdiocese of Edinburgh, vicar cooperator in Holy Cross, Edinburgh, 1965-1966; St. Bride, Cowdenbeath, 1966-1971; St. Patrick, Kilsyth, 1972-1975; St. Mary, Bathgate, 1975-1978. Spiritual director, St. Andrew's College, Drygrange, 1978-1980. Rector, St. Mary's College, Blairs, 1980-1985.

Episcopal Career

Elected archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, May 30, 1985. Consecrated, August 5, 1985, metropolitan cathedral of Saint Mary, Edinburgh, by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray, archbishop emeritus of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, assisted by Bruno Bernard Heim, titular archbishop of Xanto, apostolic delegate in Great Britain, and by Thomas Joseph Winning, archbishop of Glasgow. President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland. Grand cross and conventual chaplain of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 1985. Knight commander with star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Apostolic administrator of the diocese of Argyll and the Isles, 1996. Attended the II Special Assembly for Europe of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, October 1 to 23, 1999.


Created cardinal priest in the consistory of October 21, 2003; received the red biretta and the title of Ss. Gioacchino e Anna al Tuscolano, October 21, 2003. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005.

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