When Elesa became older, Eugenia grew ill and on her deathbed advised her daughter to remain devoted to the Christian faith even while in the care of her pagan father. Following her mother’s death when she was fourteen, Elesa was designated mistress of the household and managed the estate.
However, her passion for the Christian religion only grew stronger in the wake of Eugenia’s death. Despite Helladios’ affection for Elesa, he was annoyed by her intense adoration for Christ. He appealed to his daughter to consider marriage, believing it would make her happy and fulfilled. As reward for her potential marriage, he offered to allow her to choose the groom and pass on his wealth and property to her. She brushed off his proposal and asked to discuss the matter later. Secretly, Elesa desired to take a vow of chastity and live the life of an ascetic.