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Libby Lane: First female Church of England bishop installed

Libby Lane at Chester
Image caption Hundreds of people attended the service at Chester Cathedral

The first female bishop in the Church of England has been installed at Chester Cathedral.

The Rt Rev Libby Lane, 48, preached her first sermon in a service attended by hundreds of people.

She was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster in January.

In November, the Church of England formally adopted legislation to allow the appointment of women bishops after decades of debate.

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

The service marked the formal start of her ministry in her diocese.

The Very Rev Prof Gordon McPhate, the Dean of Chester described it as a "new chapter" for the Church of England.


Who is the Right Reverend Libby Lane?

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Image caption Libby Lane was consecrated at York Minster in January
  • Vicar of St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in Greater Manchester, since April 2007
  • Ordained as deacon in 1993 and as priest in 1994, serving her curacy at St James's Church, Blackburn
  • Since January 2010, she has been Dean of Women in Ministry for the Diocese of Chester
  • Her husband, George, is also a priest
  • They were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together
  • She is a Manchester United supporter and is learning to play the saxophone, according to her church's website

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