On This Day in 2015: Amid the Protest from Male Priests, Libby Lane Became the First Female Bishop of the Church of England

Thursday, January 26, 2017


On January 26, 2015, the Church of England ended centuries of male-only leadership as Libby Lane became its first female bishop in a ceremony briefly disrupted by a traditionalist priest's protest.

The protest from male priests raised eyebrows on the position of women in Christianity.

Elizabeth Jane Holden "Libby" Lane is a Church of England bishop. Since January 2015, she has been the Bishop of Stockport, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester. Wikipedia

Fact Sheet:
  • Born: 1966, Glossop, United Kingdom
  • Consecration: 26 January 2015
  • Diocese: Diocese of Chester
  • Predecessor: Robert Atwell
  • Alma maters: St Peter's College, Oxford, St John's College, Durham
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