Born in Cornwall, Kirby graduated from Leeds University and studied at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire in the 1940s. He was ordained in 1942 and served as vicar of St Paul's Church, Bow Common, London, 1951-1994.
Kirby was an anarchist socialist, early supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and member of the Committee of 100. He was influenced by Peter Kropotkin and Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.
- Kingdom Come: the Catholic Faith and Millennial Hopes.
- Kenneth Leech (22 August 2006). "Father Gresham Kirkby obituary". The Guardian.
- "Kingdom Come: the Catholic Faith and Millennial Hopes".
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