Brent, Charles Henry, First Protestant Episcopal Church Bishop of the Philippines, ecumenical leader, and opponent of the opium trade, born Newcastle, Ontario, Canada, 9 April 1862, died Lausanne, Switzerland, 27 March 1929.

Brent studied at Trinity College, Toronto, was ordained priest in 1887 and served in Boston until 1901 when he was appointed bishop in the Philippines by the Episcopal Church in the U.S. Gaps in the constituency and programme of the Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910 represented a call to Christian unity for which he became a tireless worker.

He became bishop of Western New York in 1917 and was president at the first Faith and Order conference in 1927. Known for his disciplined spirituality and informed social conscience, his published writings are largely devotional. From 1926-1928 he was in charge of Episcopal churches in Europe.

IBMR October 1996.

John Roxborogh