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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

First Female Bishop Announced

Cranmer Hall is delighted that Downing Street have today announced that the new Bishop of Stockport – and the first woman bishop in the Church of England – will be the Revd Libby Lane, currently Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley.

Libby trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall between 1991 and 1993. Cranmer was the first Anglican college to train women for ministry and we are now looking to the future as we continue to train many excellent men and women for ministry in every part of the Church of England, and the church world-wide.

Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College said:

“The appointment of Libby Lane as the first female Bishop is a great day for Cranmer Hall within St John’s College.  Cranmer was at the forefront of training the first women in theology, and has been a passionate supporter of women’s ministry at all levels ever since.  We rejoice at this appointment, both for Libby and the Church.”

Mark Tanner, Warden of Cranmer Hall writes:

“Libby’s appointment is a delight on so many levels. It is a sign of great hope for the church. It is a statement of God’s full bounty in creation and the recognition of all being called and commissioned. It is the beginning of the answer to many years of prayer, not least at St John’s and Cranmer who trained the church’s first women deacons in the mid 80’s. It is also a delight because Stockport has an excellent new Bishop to look forward to, and a vibrant priest has been called to a new chapter of ministry.

“Libby will be in the prayers of this community, as she engages with the vital work of mission and as she steps forward with faith into all that Jesus is calling her to do and be.”

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