Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh (Scotland, GB), was born on March 17, 1938 in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
He was ordained a priest on April 3, 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 August 5, 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 1996-1999 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 October 21, 2003, of the Title of Ss. Gioacchino e Anna al Tuscolano (Sts. Joachim and Anne al Tuscolano).
- Pontifical Councils: for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples; for Social Communications.
* Was a Cardinal-Elector for the 2013 conclave, but chose not to participate.