Anglican ecumenical leader. Born and trained in Canada, in 1901 Brent became Bp. of the Philippine Islands, where he combated the opium trade, and in 1918 Bp. of Western New York. After the Edinburgh Conference of 1910 he induced the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to convene a ‘World Conference on Faith and Order’; when the Conference met at Lausanne in 1927, Brent was its President. Feast day in the American BCP (1979), 27 Mar.