Bishop Libby Announcement Anniversary


undefinedA year has passed since the historic announcement at Stockport Town Hall that Libby Lane was to become the first woman bishop in the history of the Church of England. The event was reported live. And 22 hours after the announcement our bishop-to-be Libby was doing a live interview with BBC Breakfast News � on the morning of 18 December last year, when the day's national newspapers were all carrying the story too.

At the time of the announcement that she was to become a bishop Libby was the Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley. She was immediately catapulted into the headlines around Britain and across the world.

There was also widespread publicity on social media about her appointment. Many prominent people immediately sent warm best wishes – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bishop Libby was consecrated as the 8th Bishop of Stockport at a ceremony at York Minister on Monday 26 January 2015. She was installed at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 8 March 2015. Since our diocese’s ground-breaking announcement, six other women bishops have been named  … Sarah Mullally (Crediton), Alison White (Hull), Rachel Treweek (Gloucester), Anne Hollinghurst (Aston), Ruth Worsley (Taunton), and Christine Hardman (Newcastle).

Meanwhile, Bishop Libby continues to be the focus of keen interest for media – and for arts, faith and social policy bodies who seek guest speakers. 

One of the latest interviews with the Bishop of Stockport appears in the current issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

+ Libby is currently on a visit to our linked Christian communities in the Diocese of Aru in the Democratic Republic of Congo – along with + Keith, and a few other people from our diocese. They are set to return at the end of this week.

The then bishop-designate's first live interview with BBC Breakfast News


Bishop Libby ... pictured travelling with her husband between venues on the day her her announcement