Timeline: Father Trevor Huddleston

1913
15 June, Trevor Huddleston is born in Chaucer Road, Bedford, England.
Huddleston is christened at St Paul’s Church in Bedford.
1921-1937
Huddleston attends Lancing College, Christ Church, at Oxford University.
1937-1939
Huddleston studies theology at Wells Theological College.
1939
Huddleston joins the Anglican Order of the Community of Resurrection at Mirfield in West Yorkshire.
1939-1941
Huddleston serves as the curate at St Mark’s in Swindon.
1941
Huddleston takes his vows.
1943-1956
Huddleston is appointed as priest-in-charge of the Community’s Mission in Sophiatown, South Africa.
1949
Appointed Provincial of the Community in South Africa and Superintendent of St Peter’s School.
1955
December, Father Huddleston is awarded the Isitwalandwe/Seaparankoe, along with Chief Albert Luthuli and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo, the ANC’s highest award.
Fearing for his safety, the church recalls Huddleston and he moves to England
1956
Huddleston’s book Naught for your Comfort is published.
1956-1957
Huddleston serves as the Guardian of Novices at the CR’s Mirfield mother house in West Yorkshire.
1959
26 June, Huddleston and Julius Nyerere address the founding meeting of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) in London.
1960
Huddleston is consecrated as Bishop of Masasi, Tanzania (then South Eastern Tanganyika), a position he holds for eight years.
1961
Father Huddleston becomes the Vice-President of the AAM, a position he holds until 1981.
1968
Huddleston becomes Bishop of Stepney – a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of London.
1978
Huddleston is elected as Bishop of Mauritius and first Archbishop of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.
1981
April, With the death of Bishop Ambrose Reeves, Huddleston is elected president of the AAM, a position he holds until 1994.
1983
Huddleston retires from the Episcopal office to St James, Piccadilly and accepts the provost-ship of the Anglican-Nonconformist Theological College of Selly Oak, Birmingham. Huddleston is awarded the United Nations Gold Medal.
1984
The Zambian government awards Huddleston with the nation’s highest award, the Order of Freedom 1st Class.
Huddleston receives the Dag Hammerskjold Award of Peace in the same year.
June, Huddleston leads an AAM delegation to meet Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to protest the visit of President P.W. Botha.
1994
Huddleston is awarded the Torch of Kilimanjaro from Tanzania and India’s Indira Gandhi Award for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
26 April, Huddleston casts his vote for South Africa’s first democratic election at Trafalgar Square in London.
1995
Huddleston returns to South Africa for a short period and spends his last years with the Community of Resurrection at Mirfield.
1998
Huddleston is appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michaels and St George in the 1998 New Years Honours.
24 March, At his Investiture Huddleston chooses the designation ‘Bishop Trevor of Sophiatown’.
20 April, Huddleston dies at his home in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.
Huddleston’s ashes are interred at a site next to the Church of Christ the King in Sophiatown.

Last updated : 07-Oct-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 26-Oct-2012

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