First woman bishop begins ministry

Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Church of England’s first woman bishop will preach her first sermon today as she is installed in her home diocese – on International Women’s Day.

Libby Lane was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minister in January but today’s ceremony at Chester Cathedral will mark the formal beginning of her ministry in her diocese.

The Church of England formally adopted legislation last November to allow women to be bishops, following decades of debate.

During the service she will be presented with her pastoral staff and be welcomed by the civic and faith communities from across the Diocese of Chester.

The Bishop of Birkenhead, The Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, will welcome the new bishop and invite others to express their greetings at the service which is expected to be attended by more than 1,500 people.

The Bishop of Chester, The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, will invite the Dean of Chester, The Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate, to install her as the Bishop of Stockport.

Bishop Libby was Vicar of Hale and Ashley in the Chester Diocese from 2007 to 2014 and is married to the Rev George Lane, co-ordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport.

Mr McPhate said: “We are honoured to welcome the Bishop of Stockport and her supporters to this installation service at the cathedral.

“The service will mark a day of worship and celebration – for men and women alike – as a new chapter is created in the Church of England.”

Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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