The Consecration of the Church of England’s first woman bishop
Both of Cumbria’s bishops, the Bishop of Carlisle and the Bishop of Penrith will attend today’s consecration of the Church of England’s first woman bishop.
It follows the announcement, in December, that the Rev’d Libby Lane had been confirmed as the 8th Bishop of Stockport.
Today’s consecration will take place at York Minster from 11am.
The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, said: “This is a day of great joy for Libby, for her family, and for many in the Church and I pray that she will be blessed in her new role.
“It is a day of great significance for us as a Church and follows many years of careful discussion and consultation, conducted throughout with great Christian love and charity.
“As we gather for Libby’s Consecration, we do so in the knowledge that the issue of women bishops has created some divisions. While we celebrate with Libby today we also reach out in love, respect and support to our brothers and sisters in Christ who may hold differing views.”
Libby Lane is currently Vicar of the combined benefice of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley in the Diocese of Chester. She will serve as the suffragan (assistant) bishop in the same Diocese.
The Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, said: “It is always wonderful to bear witness to someone’s journey with God. The Consecration of Libby today is a great example of just such a witness.
“It’s a truly exciting day and a landmark moment for Libby and for us as a Church. I pray that though a variety of views have been aired about this issue, we can all move ahead together in Christian love.”
Last year the Church of England's General Synod ratified the Canon to allow women to become bishops.
That followed a vote last July when the requisite two thirds majority was attained in all three Houses – Bishops, Clergy and Laity – which saw approval for women bishops.
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