We are extremely saddended to hear of the passing of David 'Bruce' Kent who died on 8th June. Bruce was born on 22nd June 1929 and attended Stonyhurst before undertaking national service in the Royal Tank Regiment. He attained a Law degree at Brasenose College, Oxford, before coming to Allen Hall at St Edmund’s in 1952 to study for the priesthood. He was ordained as a priest in 1958, and later became the secretary to Cardinal Heenan and Cardinal Hume. He rose to the rank of Monsignor.
Bruce Kent first became involved with the international peace movement in 1958 through his work with Pax Christi in Britain. He retired from active ministry in 1987 to concentrate on his campaigning work.
He was at various times the General Secretary and Chairperson of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), and became its Vice-President. He was President of the London Region of the United Nations Association, Chairperson of the Culture of Peace Committee and of the British overseas development agency War on Want. He was a member of Amnesty, Compassion in World Farming, the Campaign to Free Vanunu, and many other organisations.
His publications include Building the Global Village (1991) and his autobiography Undiscovered Ends (1992), which contains a chapter about his time at St Edmund's.
May he rest in peace.