Church of England names first female bishop

Church of England names first female bishop December 17, 2014

From the BBC:


Reverend Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law.

She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.

CofE logoMrs Lane has been the vicar at St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley, in the diocese of Chester, since 2007.

The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July and formally adopted legislation on 17 November.

The appointment will end centuries of male leadership of the Church and comes 20 years after women became priests.

Mrs Lane was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn, Lancashire. Since 2010 she has also held the role of Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese of Chester.

…Her husband George – a chaplain at Manchester Airport – is also a priest, and they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together.

Her church website also said that her interests included being a school governor, supporting Manchester United and learning to play the saxophone.

Before she gave her acceptance speech Mrs Lane asked the audience at the press conference to stand for a prayer in memory of the schoolchildren who lost their lives in a Taliban attack in Pakistan on Tuesday.

The first women priests were ordained in 1994, but to date women have not been able to take on the Church’s most senior roles.

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