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Full report: Libby Lane becomes first Anglican Bishop

History was made today when the Church of England consecrated its first ever woman bishop - the Reverend Libby Lane, who's the new Bishop of Stockport.

The service at York Minster saw an end to centuries of male leadership in the church.

It didn't go without incident, as one man in the congregation shouted out in opposition. But he failed to prevent the ceremony going ahead.

Church of England's first woman bishop being consecrated

Credit: PA

The Church of England's first female bishop is being consecrated in a ceremony this morning.

Reverend Libby Lane was named as the Bishop of Stockport in December.

Libby Lane, 48, is being ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in a service, conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, at York Minister.

Members of the clergy process into York Minster, York, ahead of the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane Credit: PA

It comes months after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women bishops.

Speaking at the time her appointment was announced, the mother-of-two hailed the moment as "significant", adding: "I'm the first, but I won't be the only."

Members of the clergy run to catch up with the procession into York Minster, York, ahead of the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane as the eighth Bishop of Stockport. Credit: PA

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Profile of Stockport - and the world's - first female Anglican bishop

Libby Lane has many links to Stockport and the North West. Credit: Press Association.

Libby Lane has been the Vicar of St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in the Diocese of Chester, since April 2007, and from January 2010 has also been Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese.

After school in Manchester and University at Oxford, she trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.

She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn.

Prior to moving to Hale, Libby was Team Vicar in the Stockport South West Team, and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Chester, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church. She continues to be a Bishop's Selection Advisor.

Libby has served in the Diocese of York, as Chaplain in hospital and further education, and as Family Life Officer for the Committee for Social Responsibility in the Diocese of Chester.

She is one of eight clergy women from the Church of England elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops, as the representative from the dioceses of the North West.

Libby Lane with her husband, George.

Libby's husband, George, is also a priest; they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together.

George is Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, licensed in the Diocese of Manchester.

They have two grown up children who are currently studying in higher education.

Her interests include being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives, learning to play the saxophone, supporting Manchester United, reading and doing cryptic crosswords.

Historic moment as Stockport's Bishop Libby Lane takes office

Rev Libby Lane will become Bishop of Stockport today. Credit: Press Association.

The new Bishop of Stockport, Rev Libby Lane, will become the first woman to take the office in the Church of England today.

There will be a special consecration ceremony for Rev Lane at York minster.

Her appointment was announced just one month after Anglican leaders voted in favour of women Bishops.

It is an unexpected joy...it's a remarkable day for me and I realise an historic day for the church."

– Libby Lane, The Bishop of Stockport speaking in December
  • Click here to read more about Rev Libby Lane's nomination to become Bishop of Stockport.
  1. Ashley Derricott, ITV News

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Vicar from Cheshire makes history as first female bishop

A vicar from Cheshire has created history today.

The Reverend Libby Lane has been named as the first woman Church of England bishop.

Mrs Lane was unveiled in Stockport only a month after Anglican leaders voted to put an end to years of wrangling over the issue.

Ashley Derricott reports.

First woman bishop is mother-of-two and Manchester United fan

Libby Lane Credit: St Peter's Hale

Libby Lane, the new Bishop of Stockport, is a saxophone-playing, Oxford-educated Manchester United fan with a husband and two grown-up children.

Her appointment ends centuries of male dominance at the head of the Church, and was by Lane's own admission "a long time coming".

Rev Libby Lane with her husband George Credit: PA

The 48-year-old was educated at St Peter's College, Oxford before training for the ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.

She was ordained as a priest in 1993 and has been a bishop's selection advisor since 2003 - though was not herself eligible to become a bishop until one month ago.

Her husband George is a chaplain at Manchester Airport and the pair were among the first married couple in the Church of England to be ordained together. Their children are now both in higher education.

Lane leaves her current position as vicar at St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, which she has held since 2007.

Archbishop of Canterbury 'delighted' over Libby Lane's appointment

Most Rev Justin Welby Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is "absolutely delighted" at the appointment of Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport.

Her Christ-centred life, calmness and clear determination to serve the Church and the community make her a wonderful choice.

She will be bishop in a diocese that has been outstanding in its development of people, and she will make a major contribution.

She and her family will be in my prayers during the initial excitement, and the pressures of moving.

– MOST REV JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

Rev Libby Lane is Uk's first female bishop

New Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane Credit: ITV Granada

The Church of England announced in a historic appointment today that the Rev Libby Lane will become its first female bishop.

The announcement comes a month after the General Synod formally adopted legislation in favour of women bishops.

Ms Lane, 48, has been appointed the new Bishop of Stockport, an assistant or suffragan bishop, in the diocese of Chester.

She will be consecrated as the 8th bishop of the town at a ceremony at York Minster on January 26.

She was ordained a priest in 1994 and has served a number of parish and chaplaincy roles in the north of England in the dioceses of Blackburn, York and Chester.

For the past eight years she has served as vicar of St Peter's, Hale, Greater Manchester, and St Elizabeth's, Ashley, Cheshire.

Ms Lane said:

This is unexpected and very exciting. On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God.

– Rev Libby Lane

The move marks the end of centuries of all-male leadership in the Church.

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