Celebrating Isabella Gilmour

Isabella is remembered in our calendar today. She founded the deaconess order in the C of E, now largely lost in the lists of time, but as I remember her I also remember Jane Durell who died recently and was my colleague deaconess in my first incumbency and who was later one of the first female deacons and then priests. And I give thanks for these and all our steps, however small and painful, to be the church God calls us to be living out his love in and to the world.

And I didn’t know she was William Morris’s sister!