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Bishop Lane is a 'working mum who will bring normality to Church'

The appointment of the first female Bishop is an historic event, but her husband says it is her experience of everyday, normal family life that she will bring to her new job.

48 year old Reverend Libby Lane is a mother of two and has spent the last 20 years juggling often unpaid parish work with raising her children Connie and Benedict.

The Rev Libby Lane hugs her daughter Connie during the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

She met her husband Rev George Lane while studying theology at Oxford University, and they were ordained together in 1994 - four months after the first group of women became priests.

Her husband who is currently co-coordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport thinks their story 'represents the future of the Church of England'.

Rev George Lane, Dr John Sentamu and The Rev Libby Lane after the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Both of us doing the cooking, both of us doing washing, both of us writing sermons and both of us dealing with some very serious and important things in people's lives.

That is what normality is to us.

It is a very modern tale of two people who have given and taken over 25 years of married life.

– Rev George Lane


First female bishop 'overwhelmed' and 'thrilled'

The first female Church of England bishop, Libby Lane has described her consecration service as an 'occasion of prayer and of party' and said she is 'thrilled that so many want to share in both.'

Nearly 2000 people attended the service at York Minster today which was conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Bishop Lane with Dr John Sentamu after the service Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

I cannot properly express how encouraged I have been in the weeks since the announcement of my nomination, by the thousands of messages I have received with words of congratulation, support and wisdom.

I've heard from people of all ages, women and men, people I have known for years and people I have never met, people from down the road and people from across the world.

I cannot possibly live up to everyone's expectation. And so today, at my consecration, I hold on to words of promise from the Bible, a reassurance that all this does not depend on me.

– Bishop Lane

Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the 'historic appointment' as an ''important day for equality'' and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said he was 'absolutely delighted'.

First woman bishop Libby Lane gives a thumbs up

Rev Libby Lane gives a thumbs up. Credit: PA

Rev Libby Lane gave a thumbs up today as she was ordained the Church of England's first woman bishop.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu ordains Rev Lane. Credit: PA

The service at York Minster was slightly interrupted by a male protester who shouted: "No, it's not in the bible".

But Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu ignored him and things continued without incident.

Members of the clergy gather round Rev Lane as she is ordained. Credit: Pool

The historic service comes months after legislation was changed allowing women bishops.

A rapturous applause came from the congregation of around 2,000 as Rev Lane was officially presented as the Bishop of Stockport.

Rev Lane gets a hug after she is ordained. Credit: PA

Man 'stages protest' at first female bishop consecration

A man has staged a protest in York Minster during the consecration of the Church of England's first woman bishop, Libby Lane.

The protester interrupted the service shouting: "No. Not in the bible" when the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Rev Lane was ordained.

The brief protest happened around an hour into the consecration as the congregation of nearly 2,000 people replied "It is", the lone man stepped forward to the altar.

Dr Sentamu followed legal procedures and read out a pre-prepared statement before repeating his original question.

The service continued and Rev Lane was officially ordained as Bishop about 20 minutes later.


Church of England's first woman bishop to be consecrated

The Church of England's first female bishop will be consecrated in a ceremony later today.

Reverend Libby Lane was named as the Bishop of Stockport in December. Credit: PA Wire

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

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."

First-female bishop 'toasted by her flock'

The first-female bishop has returned to her church tonight where her congregation greeted her with cheers and toasted her with champagne.

Libby Lane made Church of England history today by becoming the first woman vicar ever to be made a bishop when she was named the Bishop of Stockport.

ITV News Reporter Ben Chapman reports:

Libby Lane makes first official visit after female bishop announcement

Libby Lane, the newly appointed female bishop, has made her first official community visit since this morning's announcement that she would become the first woman to join the Church of England's leadership.

Lane was pictured helping out with gardening at Crewe's YMCA centre before enjoying a cup of tea after all her hard work.

The newly named Bishop of Stockport, Libby Lane during a visit to the YMCA in Crewe, on the day that it was announced by the Church of England that she has been appointed as the first female Bishop Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Earlier today when Lane was announced as the new Bishop of Stockport she said she was "extremely honoured to be nominated" and added that: "This moment is significant, but it is not simply a gesture. I'm the first, but I won't be the only."

Libby Lane, 48, has been appointed the new Bishop of Stockport, an assistant or suffragan bishop, in the diocese of Chester Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Female bishop 'will open doors to more than just women'

The Church of England's first female bishop has said she believes her appointment will open the door to others who are "not currently" in represented in its leadership.

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"This door opening will let through any number of not just women, but all sorts of people who will resource and build up the Church and its leadership who are not at the moment," she said in an interview published by the Church of England.

98.8% of senior clergy (which includes bishops) come from a white ethnic background, according to the most recent Church of England figures.

Last year, the Church of England's House of Bishops had approved plans to allow gay men become appointed bishops if they remained celibate.

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