Walter Howard Frere, CR (1863–1938) was a co-founder of an Anglican religious order, the Community of the Resurrection and later bishop of Truro (1923–1935). He was twice Superior of the order 1902–1913 and 1916–1922 and returned to it after resigning his see of Truro. He was a member of the Anglican delegation to the Malines Conversations and active in various other ecumenical projects including relations with the Russian Orthodox Church. He was a noted liturgical and historical scholar; he was also a High Churchman and a supporter of catholic ideas. Having been consecrated bishop in Westminster Abbey on Nov. 1, 1923 he came to the Truro diocese and since Frere regarded membership of a religious order as an obligation having precedence over any other the bishop's palace became a branch house of the community. In his early writings and addresses he emphasised the importance of spiritual life and explained some of the liturgical revision which was then in preparation.
Frere assisted the Indian Syro-Malankara church with the foundation of the Bethany religious order: however the dioceses forming this church were received into the Roman Catholic communion in 1930.
He was a major figure in the proposed revision of the Church of England Book of Common Prayer in 1928 which was later rejected by Parliament and was responsible for the service book for the Guild of the Servants of the Sanctuary.
He is buried at Mirfield.
- Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. F. L. Cross. O.U.P., 1957.
- Brown, H. M. (1976) A Century for Cornwall. Truro: Blackford; p. 88
- Brown, H. M. (1976) A Century for Cornwall. Truro: Blackford; p. 89
- Gordon-Taylor, Benjamin & Stepping, Nicolas CR (ed.) Walter Frere - Scholar, Monk, Bishop. Canterbury Press. 2011
A selection of Bishop Frere's publications.
- Recollections of Malines, 1935. Concerning discussions with Cardinal Mercier, Old Catholic Archbishop.
- A collection of his papers on liturgical and historical subjects. Alcuin Club, 1940.
- Correspondence on liturgical revision and construction. Alcuin Club, 1954.
- The Use of Sarum. 2 vols. 1898 & 1901.
- A new history of the Book of Common Prayer (based on F. Procter's earlier work). 1901.
- The principles of religious ceremonial. 1906.
- Black Letter Saints' Days, 1938. Providing eucharistic propers for a selection of saints in the interim 1928 Prayer Book Calendar.
- Walter Howard Frere, Bishop of Truro: a memoir, ed. C. S. Phillips. 1947. Contributions by various hands including bibliography of Frere's writings
- Frere: ecumenist, feminist, socialist by Alan Wilkinson, article in Church Times
- Walter Howard Frere in Project Canterbury
- Royal Historical Society biographical index entry
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