Trevor Huddleston

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Born 15 June 1913, Bedford, England, Trevor Huddleston was educated at Lancing College; Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1934); and Wells Theological College.

He was ordained as a priest in 1937.

He joined the Community of the Resurrection in 1939, a monastic community within the Church of England; he was professed in 1941 taking the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In 1943 Father Huddleston was sent by the Community of the Resurrection to South Africa, where he was made Priest-in-Charge of the Community's Sophiatown and Orlando Anglican Mission, in the Anglican diocese of Johannesburg.

In 1949 he was appointed Provincial of the Community of the Resurrection in South Africa and Superintendent of St Peter's School. During this period in South Africa, Trevor Huddleston became active in the struggle against apartheid and formed close friendships with leaders such as Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.

The forced removal of the black community from Sophiatown after the passing of the Group Areas Act saw Father Huddleston come into conflict with the authorities; as did his decision to close St Peter's School rather than agree to hand it over to governmental control following the passing of the Bantu Education Act.

In 1955 Father Huddleston was awarded the ANC's highest honour, "Isitwalandwe" at the historic Congress of the People, in Kliptown.

In 1956 Father Huddleston was recalled to England by the Community of the Resurrection and in the same year published "Naught For Your Comfort", the most powerful indictment of apartheid and a stirring account of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Between 1956 and 1958 Father Huddleston was Guardian of the Novices at the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield; and from 1958-1960, Prior of the London House of the Community.

On 26 June 1959, Father Huddleston, together with Julius Nyerere who was later...