The Pastoral Team
Mgr. Patrick Burke, VG - Administrator
Fr Patrick was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in London. He studied theology at the University of St Andrews and while at university felt God’s call to the priesthood. Applying to study for the priesthood in the Archdiocese, Fr Patrick was sent to the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, where he specialised in Dogmatic Theology.
After a brief appointment in St Mary’s, Bathgate, Fr Patrick was sent back to Rome to study for the doctorate, writing on the influential German theologian Karl Rahner. On his return to the Archdiocese from Rome he served in St Joseph’s, Burntisland, Our Lady and St Ninian’s, Bannockburn and Sacred Heart, Cowie.
In 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger, who knew Fr Patrick from his time in Rome, asked that he be released from the Archdiocese to take up work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican. Fr Patrick served the Church in this capacity until Archbishop Cushley, recently appointed Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, requested his return from the Holy See to serve as Vicar General.
In 2013, Fr Patrick returned to Scotland to the parish of Ss John Cantius and Nicholas in Broxburn, where he served until coming to the Cathedral in 2015.
Fr. Nick Welsh - ASSISTANT PRIEST
Fr Nick was born in Stirling and studied theology at the University of Edinburgh, before being sent to the Pontifical Scots College, Rome to study for the priesthood where he specialised in the Theology of Marriage and the Family at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute.
Fr Nick returned to Scotland in 2014 to be ordained to the priesthood after which Archbishop Cushley appointed him to serve in the Cathedral and in St Andrew’s, Ravelston.
Rev. Peter Traynor - Deacon
Deacon Peter was born in Fife and served in the Royal Navy. On leaving the Navy, Deacon Peter joined the Police, retiring recently from his post as Detective Sergeant. Deacon Peter was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2016 and was appointed by Archbishop Cushley to serve in the Cathedral parish. Deacon Peter is married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Sr. Mary Julian Ekman, R.S.M. - Parish Sister
Sister Mary Julian, R.S.M. was born and grew up in Sydney, Australia. In 1999, Sister travelled to Rome and there met the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. She felt strongly called to the charism and joined the Community in Michigan that year. In 2001, Sister was assigned to Rome and then to Washington, D.C. in 2005 to study for a Licentiate and then Doctorate in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Sister professed Final Vows in August 2007 and has since served in the Diocese of Oklahoma, the Archdiocese of Sydney, and the Diocese of Lancaster. In 2016, the Religious Sisters of Mercy were invited by Archbishop Leo Cushley to serve in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. In October that year, Sister Mary Julian, along with Sister Mary Pierre Jean, R.S.M., were asked to establish a Convent in Edinburgh. Sister Mary Julian now works as part of the Pastoral Team in the office of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.