Press Releases 2014-2015

The Church of England’s First Female Bishop Receives Honorary Doctorate


Bishop Libby LaneThe Church of England’s first female Bishop, The Rt Revd Libby Lane, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter (10/07/15).

Bishop Libby was consecrated as a Bishop at a service in York Minister on 26 January 2015. She serves as the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester.

Born on 8 December 1966, Bishop Libby grew up in Glossop, Derbyshire and came to a strong Christian faith in her pre-teens.
After school in Manchester and university at Oxford, Bishop Libby trained for Church of England ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. She was ordained in 1993 serving her curacy in Blackburn, Lancashire. Bishop Libby has also served as chaplain in a hospital and in further education in the Diocese of York.

In the Diocese of Chester Bishop Libby served as a Vicar in Stockport, and was the Vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley from April 2007 to January 2015. She had previously worked as a Family Life Officer as part of a Social Responsibility team and served as an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church. She served as a Bishop’s Selection Advisor for many years and is also a former Dean of Women in Ministry.

She is one of eight clergy women from the Church of England who were elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops – as the representative from the dioceses of the North West.

Her husband, George, is also a priest; they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together. George is Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, licensed in the Diocese of Manchester. They have two grown up children in higher education.
Bishop Libby’s interests have included being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives and learning to play the saxophone. She supports Manchester United and enjoys reading and doing cryptic crosswords. She has an interest in the arts and contemporary culture.
Upon receiving her Doctorate, Bishop Libby said: “Thank you for this great honour. Thank you for the generosity and hospitality that have shown in inviting me to join your community with this award of honorary doctorate. It is an honour to be a part of this unique university, ancient and yet so successfully new.

“It is my hope in receiving this unexpected, and I think undeserved, honour today that perhaps inhabiting the place I hold in history may offer some encouragement. I hope my story encourages people to live hopefully, in expectation of change for good, and that it encourages people to be the change they hope to see.”

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