Libby Lane

Posted on by Hannah Waugh

Bishop of Stockport

Libby Lane is a Church of England bishop in Diocese of Chester, but more importantly she is the she has been the first woman appointed bishop by the Church of England, after the General Synod voted to allow women to be bishops as of July 2014. In January 2015 she had her consecration at York Minister. 

Bishop Stockport Libby Lane Inspiration Woman

Pictured Libby Lane The Bishop of Stockport

Elizabeth was ordained as a priest in 1994, she served her curacy at St. James’s church in Blackburn, she also served in the Diocese of Chester from 2000 to 2014 and was also the Dean of Women in Ministry in the diocese from 2010. Brilliantly, in December 2014 it was announced that Libby was to become the Bishop of Stockport, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, called her appointment “Historic” and a “step forward forward for the Church towards the greater equality”.

Bishop Stockport Libby Lane Inspiration Woman  artwork

Pictured a painted portrait by Jane Allison artist

Bishop Stockport Libby Lane Inspiration Woman

Pictured a painted portrait by artist Tom Croft of Oxford

Paul Williamson,  an Anglo-Catholic Priest described a women being a bishop as an “absolute impediment” and one of her first duties as a bishop included the consecration service of Philip North, another Anglo-Catholic traditionalist, who didn’t accept the ordination of a woman. Lane and all but three of the Bishops that shared the same opinion didn’t take part in the laying of the hands. However, Libby was installed at the Chester Cathedral on the 8th March 2015, also known as International Women’s Day! In my opinion Libby Lane is definitely an inspiration to woman everywhere. 

Bishop Stockport Libby Lane Inspiration Woman

Pictured Libby Lane The Bishop of Stockport

 

Bishop Stockport Libby Lane Inspiration Woman

Pictured Libby Lane The Bishop of Stockport

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