1835 – Born on the 13th of December in Boston, Massachusetts.
1855 – Attended college at the Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard University.
1856 – Studied for ordination in the Episcopal Church in the Virginia Theological Seminary at Alexandria, Virginia.
1859 – Graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary, was ordained deacon by Bishop William Meade of Virginia, and became rector of the Church of the Advent, Philadelphia.
1860 – Ordained Priest.
1862-1869 – Became rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, where he gaining an increasing name as preacher and patriot.
1865 – Delivered sermon over Abraham Lincoln’s body.
1877 – Brooks preached Sunday after Sunday to great congregations.
– Published a course of lectures upon preaching, which he had delivered at the theological school of Yale University.
1878 – Published his first volume of sermons, and from time to time issued other volumes, including Sermons Preached in English Churches.
1879 – Appeared the Bohlen Lectures on The Influence of Jesus.
1886 – Declined an election as assistant bishop of Pennsylvania.
1881 – He declined an invitation to be the sole preacher to the university and professor of Christian ethics.
1891 – On 30th of April he was elected sixth Bishop of Massachusetts.
– On the 14 October was consecrated to that office in Trinity Church.
1893 – He died 23rd of January after an episcopate of only 15 months.
He is remembered in the Episcopal Church with a feast day on 23rd of January.