Charles Henry Brent was born in Newcastle, Ontario, the son of the longtime rector; his mother was descended from colonists who fled from the American Revolution. He was educated at Trinity College, Toronto, and ordained, but the only work he found was as a curate and organist in Buffalo, New York. He later moved to Boston, came under the formative influence of the Cowley Fathers, spent another ten years as curate in the underprivileged South End, then in 1901 was shocked to get a telegram asking him to become the missionary Bishop of the Philippines, then governed by the United States. He stayed 15 years, establishing schools and hospitals before leaving to assume the senior chaplaincy with the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War I. He hated the war and devoted himself afterward to peace and ecumenical activities, before finally returning to western New York, devoting himself to international peace and ecumenical unity. (Brown Brothers)

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