YORK, England, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Reverend Libby Lane, a married mother of two, became the Church of England's first female bishop when she was consecrated in a ceremony at York Minster cathedral on Monday.
"I cannot properly express how encouraged I have been in the weeks since the announcement of my nomination, by the thousands of messages I have received with words of congratulation, support and wisdom," she added.
Lane, 48, was named the bishop of Stockport, after the Church of England's General Synod voted last November to consecrate female bishops. The decision followed years of debate about the role of female leadership in the church.
The ceremony was briefly interrupted by a lone protester, conservative Reverend Paul Williamson, who shouted "No, not in my name," when Archbishop Sentamu asked the congregation if Lane should be ordained.
"Everyone at St Peter's Hale are delighted and very proud of Libby and know that she will make an excellent Bishop and wish her every success," her local parish church said in a statement. "We may be loosing a Vicar but we are gaining a Bishop."