THE REVD DEBORAH LOUISE ELLSON
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
THE Revd Louise Ellson, a talented wood-carver and former nun, who has died,
aged 43, was assistant curate of St Margaret's, Lowestoft, from 2000 to 2004,
when she became Rector of St Paul's, Langleybury, near Watford.
Louise trained as a teacher of physical education, and then was professed at
the Community of All Hallows, Ditchingham. While living at the Ditchingham
convent, she felt called to the priesthood. After training on the East Anglian
Ministerial Training Course, she was ordained deacon in 2000, and priest in
Louise had a remarkable talent for wood-carving, and some of her carvings,
icons of the Passion, hang in the chapel of Adele House Residential Home in
Bungay. The processional cross carried by children in St Margaret's was also
her design and workmanship.
Especially gifted as a worker with young people, she helped to re-create and
carry on the popular Fun Weeks that are held each August and in Advent. Louise
helped to make, with the late Margaret Simpson, the Noah's ark in the north
aisle of St Margaret's. Children spend time in the ark during Sunday-morning
services, and at occasions such as weddings.
She also led parish pilgrimages to Lindisfarne and Iona. Her 17 years as a
member of the All Hallows' Community enabled her to be available for spiritual
counselling and leading retreats and quiet days. Her early death from cancer
leaves many people indebted to her for her friendship and her creative ministry.