Nominations Open for 2014!

NominateNowNominations for next year’s field of 32 saints are currently being accepted by the Supreme Executive Committee.

As always, we seek to put together a balanced bracket of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical representing the breadth and diversity of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

Inevitably, some will disagree with certain match-ups or be disappointed that their favorite saint didn’t end up in the official bracket. If you find yourself muttering invective against the SEC, we implore you to take a deep cleansing breath. Remember, there’s always Lent Madness 2029.

The 2013 bracket was the first time we included nominations from the Lent Madness faithful and a number of your suggestions made it in. While the SEC remains responsible for the formation of the final bracket, we encourage your participation in the nominating process.

That’s not to say the (usually) benevolent dictatorship that is the SEC is showing cracks in its junta-like Lenten power. The only time true democracy rears its ugly head in Lent Madness is during the actual voting. However, nominations from the floor mean that if you are unhappy with the 2014 bracket you can transfer your angst away from the SEC and toward one another. As for us, we can always blame the ancient Greeks.

We may have play-in rounds again this year, depending on where the mystical dove lands on our blank bracket as we discern which saints to include. Play-ins allows everyone to get a small foretaste of the Madness that is to come as eight saints vie for four spots in the official bracket on to-be-determined dates. On the other hand, play-ins cause endless confusion for those who are new to bracketology.

As you discern saints to nominate, please keep in mind that a number of saints are ineligible for next year’s “saintly smack down.” This includes the entire field of Lent Madness 2013, those saints who made it to the Round of the Elate Eight in 2012 and 2011, and those from the 2010 Faithful Four. Here is a comprehensive list of ineligible saints. Please keep this in mind as you submit your nominations — which you can do by leaving a comment on this post.

Also, please note that the saints you nominate should be in the sanctoral calendar of one or more churches. Anglican calendars are a bonus, but we’re open minded. To a point. Fred Rogers is not eligible, despite the royal pleas of King Friday XIII. If you are looking for lists of actual saints, you might check here, here, here, or here, among other places.

Remember that when it comes to saints in Lent Madness, many are called yet few are chosen (by the SEC). So leave a comment below with your (eligible) nomination!

The Field from 2013 (all ineligible)
Hilda of Whitby
Thomas Tallis
John Donne
Macrina the Younger
Martin Luther King, Jr.
T.S. Eliot
John Merbecke
Lucy
Nicholas Farrar
Jonathan Daniels
Martha of Bethany
Luke
Elizabeth Ann Seton
Gregory the Great
Frances Perkins
Dorothy Day
Ignatius of Loyola
Absalom Jones
Harriet Tubman
Oscar Romero
Damien of Molokai
Florence Li-Tim Oi
Janani Luwuum
Martin Luther
George Berkeley
Benedict of Nursia
Theresa of Lesieux
Anne
Ignatius of Antioch
Samuel Seabury
Chad of Lichfield
John the Baptist
Martin of Tours
Agnes of Rome
Edward Thomas Demby

Past Golden Halo Winners (ineligible)
George Herbert, C.S. Lewis, Mary Magalene, Frances Perkins

From 2010 — 2012 (ineligible)
Emma of Hawaii
Margaret of Scotland
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Evelyn Underhill
Enmegahbowh
Jerome
Thomas Cranmer
Polycarp
Clare of Assisi
William Tyndale
Thomas Beckett
Constance
Perpetua
Vincent of Saragossa
Francis of Assisi
Julian of Norwich
Theresa of Avila

267 Comments to "Nominations Open for 2014!"

  1. Mary Sier's Gravatar Mary Sier
    April 29, 2013 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Jude Thaddeus for 2014. Thanks!

    • Kathleen Kisner's Gravatar Kathleen Kisner
      April 29, 2013 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

      I would like to nominate John Wesley, one of the founders of the United Methodist Church.

      • Lane Johnson's Gravatar Lane Johnson
        April 29, 2013 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

        like

      • April 29, 2013 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

        I second that nomination!

      • Gene Dowling's Gravatar Gene Dowling
        April 29, 2013 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

        A life-long Anglican in practice too!

    • Janice's Gravatar Janice
      April 29, 2013 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

      I’d like to nominate Saint Paul, John Wesley and Saint Joseph.

  2. April 29, 2013 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Saint Andrew

    • Alan Medsker's Gravatar Alan Medsker
      April 29, 2013 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Second St. Andrew!

    • Kim's Gravatar Kim
      April 29, 2013 - 4:00 pm | Permalink

      St. Andrew! All the way!

    • Dnzswithwombats's Gravatar Dnzswithwombats
      April 30, 2013 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

      St. Andrew!

  3. April 29, 2013 - 1:13 pm | Permalink
    • Rob's Gravatar Rob
      April 29, 2013 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Oooh, Kierkegaard! I didn’t think of that one! Seconded!

    • Heather White's Gravatar Heather White
      April 30, 2013 - 2:38 am | Permalink

      Lawrence is a great suggestion. Anyone who claims the poor as the church’s greatest treasure truly understands what church is all about.

    • Paul Rosbolt's Gravatar Paul Rosbolt
      April 30, 2013 - 6:03 am | Permalink

      Enthusiastic second for Kierkegaard!

  4. Nancy Jo Bleier's Gravatar Nancy Jo Bleier
    April 29, 2013 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Felix Varela

  5. Mary Johnson's Gravatar Mary Johnson
    April 29, 2013 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I believe that strong consideration should be given to those saints whose feast days fall on Sundays in 2014 and are too “minor” to have their days transferred to the following Mondays.

    • Christi Hill's Gravatar Christi Hill
      April 29, 2013 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

      I support Mary Johnson’s suggestion.

      Failing that, St Cecilia

      • Tim Powers's Gravatar Tim Powers
        April 30, 2013 - 9:39 am | Permalink

        Great idea!

  6. April 29, 2013 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Saint Cecelia

  7. Jill Jensen's Gravatar Jill Jensen
    April 29, 2013 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I nominate John Wesley. Do I hear a second?

    • Lane Johnson's Gravatar Lane Johnson
      April 29, 2013 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Charles was nominated but not the little big man. My heart would be strangely warmed to see John in the mix.

    • April 29, 2013 - 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Second! And third!!

  8. April 29, 2013 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Endicott Peabody of Groton

  9. Marge's Gravatar Marge
    April 29, 2013 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    How about considering Emily Marlbone Morgan, founder of The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of their retreat center, Adelynrood, in 2014. This group of 800 Episcopalian women dedicate their lives to Intercessory Prayer, Peace and Social Justice and Simple Living. Find more about the retreat center and the Companions at their web site or Adelynrood.org.

    • Peg's Gravatar Peg
      April 29, 2013 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

      Way to go, Marge!

  10. April 29, 2013 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Not wanting to discriminate on the basis of gender, I propose two:

    William Wilberforce
    Catherine of Siena

    • Rob's Gravatar Rob
      April 29, 2013 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Both worthy contributions!

  11. Karl Watson's Gravatar Karl Watson
    April 29, 2013 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Never again. The results were really too mad for me.

    • Rob's Gravatar Rob
      April 29, 2013 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

      I had a very good friend and fellow church member say the same thing. I know it’s all in good fun, and meant to be educational, but it’s surprising how invested you get. And you look at some of the results and think, “Seriously? No, wait. Seriously?!”

  12. Marjorie Heywood's Gravatar Marjorie Heywood
    April 29, 2013 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    St. Bridget is my favorite Celtic saint. Please include her in 2014.

    • Brigid Rauch's Gravatar Brigid Rauch
      April 29, 2013 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

      I second that nomination – patron of babies; blacksmiths; boatmen; cattle; chicken farmers; children whose parents are not married; children whose mothers are mistreated by the children’s fathers; dairymaids; dairy workers; fugitives; infants; Ireland; Leinster, mariners; midwives; milk maids; nuns; poets; poor; poultry farmers; poultry raisers; printing presses; sailors; scholars; travellers; watermen, her outstanding characteristics include generosity and hospitality. She also said’”… I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity.” “

      • If Not Philander's Gravatar If Not Philander
        April 29, 2013 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

        Yes please to Brigid. I think she’d be a strong contender in many areas, plus name recognition, plus, hey, she stood up to St Patrick. I can only imagine the coffee cups!

    • April 29, 2013 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Yes Brigid!!

  13. Erin Rutherford's Gravatar Erin Rutherford
    April 29, 2013 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    St. Simeon Stylites, so as to be reminded of the central place of Syria in the Christian story.

  14. Dorothee's Gravatar Dorothee
    April 29, 2013 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    St. Dorothy of course!

  15. Tom's Gravatar Tom
    April 29, 2013 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I enthusiastically nominate Thurgood Marshall!

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      April 29, 2013 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Second that!

  16. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    April 29, 2013 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Edward the Confessor

  17. Ed Noriega's Gravatar Ed Noriega
    April 29, 2013 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Vincent de Paul

  18. Tonya Eza's Gravatar Tonya Eza
    April 29, 2013 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Saint Patrick.

    • Tim Powers's Gravatar Tim Powers
      April 30, 2013 - 9:41 am | Permalink

      Second on St. Patrick!

  19. Jocelyn Bell's Gravatar Jocelyn Bell
    April 29, 2013 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Julia Chester Emery

    Kateri Tekawitha

    • Michael's Gravatar Michael
      April 29, 2013 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

      second that nomination for Kateri Tekawitha

      • Carey's Gravatar Carey
        May 2, 2013 - 12:51 am | Permalink

        I hopped on here as a first time participant EVER and first timer this moment to Lent Madness. Had never heard of you guys (I am an RC, they don’t let us talk to you Episcopalians… for fear that we will see the LIGHT and never return) and then my friend mentioned Lent Madness…. and oh my word, my eyes rolled back in my head in happiness, reading your site!!

        OK, so I got on specifically to nominate Kateri, so a big 10-4 on Kateri.
        PLEASE include her.

        Also, you gotta get St. Maria Goretti in there for the whole Take Back the Night, “No Means No” thing on violence against women.

        Finally… I am particularly fond of ….
        Chrisina the Astonishing
        (no really…. she’s real.) Though she was furloughed along with poor St. Christopher, she is still the patron saint of the mentally ill…. and so a particular friend of mine!

        Humbly submitted,
        A closet Catholic with the big C

        • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
          May 2, 2013 - 9:30 am | Permalink

          Hi Carey,
          I was a RC myself, now I’m Episcopalian(all the worship, none of the guilt…)and can’t imagine being anything else. But I digress.
          I first learned of Christina the Astonishing from a really neat book entitled “Saints Preserve Us! Everything you’ll want to know about every saint you’ll ever need”, and she is one of my favorites also, after Fred Rogers that is. I continue to hold firm for Fred Rogers. SEC, I hope you’re listening because I’m not shutting up about this!!!!
          anyway, thanks for reminding me of Christina.
          Go In Peace to Love and Serve the Lord,
          Madeleine

  20. Sarah R's Gravatar Sarah R
    April 29, 2013 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got three:

    John Wycliff (I have always admired his bravery in believing that *people should read the Bible in their own language*!!)
    Nicholas Ridley (because he is the ancestor of one of my best friends)
    and Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester (because he’s got an awesome name!)

    So how does one lobby the SEC?? I’m sure with a little persuasion, at least one of my picks can make it into the bracket!

    • Rob's Gravatar Rob
      April 29, 2013 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

      I second Wycliff. The story I remember is the bishop used one of his shadier connections to collect all the first run, so he could burn them. Just happened the underworld connection was the same guy Wycliff used to smuggle them over in the first place. He gave the money to Wycliff, who used the bishop’s own money to print the second edition. Oh, and the KJV plagiarized great chunks of his work.

    • April 29, 2013 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

      So how does one lobby the SEC?? Good coffee would be a start.

      However, I think Starbucks gift cards would have the opposite effect.

      Of course, the SEC could do a different type of play-in round. Require donations to Episcopal Relief and Development, with the saint getting the largest donation getting the nod. This way you could even do 3-on-3 or more.

      • Chris Plantz's Gravatar Chris Plantz
        April 30, 2013 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

        I like the Episcopal Relief and Development idea as a lobbying tool. And the coffee should be Bishop’s Blend.

  21. Susan Waltrip's Gravatar Susan Waltrip
    April 29, 2013 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Another vote for the nomination of St. Jude.
    Also, please consider St. Christopher and St. Nicholas.

    • Elaine Hood Culver's Gravatar Elaine Hood Culver
      April 29, 2013 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

      I remember St. Nicholas from something at PDS (now PES, PK3-HS12) years ago.

    • Tim Powers's Gravatar Tim Powers
      April 30, 2013 - 9:42 am | Permalink

      Yes on Nicholas of Myra. How has he been missed all these years?

      • May 1, 2013 - 8:09 am | Permalink

        St. Nicholas got beat out year before last – I may never recover

  22. Chris Carter's Gravatar Chris Carter
    April 29, 2013 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    St. Peter!

  23. April 29, 2013 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    St. George, St. Galgano, St. Fina, St. Joan of Arc – I think I’ve covered Italy, France and Turkey. Santa Serafina was from San Gimignano and her life was celebrated in frescoes by Ghirlandaio – she was a pious young woman who helped look after the poor; San Galgano was a crusader who tired of war, founded a monastery. St. Joan and St. George are well known.

  24. Rob's Gravatar Rob
    April 29, 2013 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Brother Lawrence
    Simeon Stylites
    Athanasius
    Any of the Cappadocians, especially Gregory of Nyssa
    How in the world has Augustine not made the list yet?

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      April 29, 2013 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

      Auggie made the brackets last year; he lost to his mother, if I recall….

  25. Pam Stewart's Gravatar Pam Stewart
    April 29, 2013 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

    How about Mother Teresa? If we can nominate more than one then Meister Eckhart, St Teresa the little flower, and Phoebe.

  26. Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
    April 29, 2013 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Chiune Sugihara, Japanese consul in Lithuania in 1939 and a Christian convert, who obeyed his conscience rather than his superiors’ orders and signed visas for more than 6,000 Jewish refugees so that they could travel through Japan on their way to safety. I can’t find him on a calendar of saints, noting that I do not read Japanese or Hebrew and it is distinctly possible that I have missed his name, however I believe he belongs there.

    Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel, lists Chiune Sugihara as Righteous Among the Nations.

    He is quoted as saying “I may have to disobey my government, but if I didn’t, I would be disobeying God.”

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/sugihara.html

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      April 29, 2013 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Actually, Chiune Sugihara is on the calendar of the Episcopal Church, under
      “The Righteous Gentiles”, feast day July 16. A good nomination!

    • Bookwoman's Gravatar Bookwoman
      April 29, 2013 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

      I support this nomination – was just looking through the list of Righteous Gentiles for possible names!

    • Diane Cook's Gravatar Diane Cook
      April 29, 2013 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Great suggestion!

  27. Marion Jenkins's Gravatar Marion Jenkins
    April 29, 2013 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Mother Emily Ayckbowm, founder of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, a community of Anglican Religious. CSC was founded in 1870 and currently has houses in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the Solomon Islands. http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/feast-of-emily-ayckbaum-april-5/

  28. Lauren Lyon's Gravatar Lauren Lyon
    April 29, 2013 - 1:30 pm | Permalink
  29. Ed Pease's Gravatar Ed Pease
    April 29, 2013 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Percy Dearmer

  30. Neva Rae Fox's Gravatar Neva Rae Fox
    April 29, 2013 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    how about Holy Mary Mother of God — don’t see her listed. And Mother Theresa.

    • Tom's Gravatar Tom
      April 29, 2013 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

      As I recall, I think the SEC has a “No Jesus/No Mary” rule. Sort of like the Vatican’s unwritten rule wherein popes don’t take the name Peter.

  31. Bill Kaufman's Gravatar Bill Kaufman
    April 29, 2013 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I suppose St. John Coltrane http://www.coltranechurch.org/ is probably ineligible too. Maybe we could incorporate a few riffs into “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”

  32. Diana Rogers's Gravatar Diana Rogers
    April 29, 2013 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Columba (Colm Cille) and Eric Liddell.

  33. Sarah Keeling's Gravatar Sarah Keeling
    April 29, 2013 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St Alban, the first Christian Martyr in Britain,

    • Thomas van Brunt's Gravatar Thomas van Brunt
      April 29, 2013 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Yes. It is time for Alban. Because my firs church out of seminary was St. Alban’s, Morehead, Kentucky.

  34. JE Kaufman's Gravatar JE Kaufman
    April 29, 2013 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Frideswide of Oxford, an Anglo-Saxon Abess

  35. Briggett Keith's Gravatar Briggett Keith
    April 29, 2013 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Brigid of Kildare.

  36. Caroline Malone's Gravatar Caroline Malone
    April 29, 2013 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    George Herbert

  37. Cori K's Gravatar Cori K
    April 29, 2013 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I nominate the Four Chaplains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Chaplains) as a four-for-one. I believe they exemplify the saintly values we’re looking for, and they are celebrated on a feast day in the Episcopal liturgical calendar (Feb. 3rd, the Dorchester Chaplains). I believe they are figures deserving of our Lent Madness recognition.

  38. Saint Margaret's Gravatar Saint Margaret
    April 29, 2013 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    St. Margaret of Antioch

    • Peg's Gravatar Peg
      April 29, 2013 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

      I second St. Margaret of Antioch. A brave dragonslayer!

  39. April 29, 2013 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I would like to request that St. John Chrysostom NOT be nominated so that he can continue as a commentotor for Lent Madness, AND

    Also, I hereby nominate Robert Machray, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land, and first Primate of all Canada. He is included in the Calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Machray

    • Jill's Gravatar Jill
      April 29, 2013 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

      I agreed on this one. Don’t want a season without John Chrysostom!

  40. Kelley's Gravatar Kelley
    April 29, 2013 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I really think we need to give Fred Rogers special dispensation.
    That being said, as a church musician I have to suggest St. Cecilia, and I see I am not the only one.

  41. Millie Hart's Gravatar Millie Hart
    April 29, 2013 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I think we should make a concerted effort to get Fred Rogers onto a sanctoral calendar! Since Mr. Rogers is ineligible for reasons beyond his control, I nominate: The Venerable Bede – let’s face it, venerable is such a good word and gets used so little;
    Catherine of Siena
    Alfred the Great (can you tell I’m a medievalist?)
    Matthias – a Biblical one for good measure
    Anne Hutchinson
    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  42. Anna Cushman's Gravatar Anna Cushman
    April 29, 2013 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Nominate Venerable Bede.

  43. LRHoffmann's Gravatar LRHoffmann
    April 29, 2013 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Thomas Merton.

    • Jill's Gravatar Jill
      April 29, 2013 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Excellent choice!

    • Kim's Gravatar Kim
      April 29, 2013 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

      I was going to nominate Thomas Merton!! So glad someone else thinks he is worthy of the Madness

      • Jill's Gravatar Jill
        April 29, 2013 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

        I had Merton winning the whole thing year before last, and was wrecked when he got wiped out. Killed my bracket, and dented my soul a little. He deserves another chance!

  44. April 29, 2013 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate:
    Francisco de Osuna
    Richard Rolle
    Kentigern (Mungo)
    Ninian
    and Pelagius

  45. Elaine Hood Culver's Gravatar Elaine Hood Culver
    April 29, 2013 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    St. John of Damascus, defender of icons in the first Iconoclastic Controversy. Pointing out that the uncircumscribable chose to become circumscribable in the person of Jesus, St. John said, “I worship not matter, but the Creator of matter, who became matter for my sake.”

  46. Rob's Gravatar Rob
    April 29, 2013 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    The Martyrs of Memphis
    Pierre Teilhard
    St. Andre Bessett

    • April 29, 2013 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

      I nominate Albert Schweitzer

  47. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    April 29, 2013 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Catherine of Sienna. April 29th is both her day on the calendar and my birthday.

  48. Lee's Gravatar Lee
    April 29, 2013 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Roger Williams, and man of complexity and deep conviction.

  49. Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
    April 29, 2013 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Scholastica of Nursia, and Clare of Assisi.

  50. Cathy Wilson's Gravatar Cathy Wilson
    April 29, 2013 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Catherine of Sienna
    St. Brigid
    Princess Elizabeth of Hungary

    • Karen Johnson's Gravatar Karen Johnson
      April 29, 2013 - 2:16 pm | Permalink

      I would like to nominate Moses Ben Maimon, better known in English as Maimonides. I first heard about his eight levels of charity when I was a little girl as part of a sermon in church. It has always stuck with me, and the more I learn about Maimonides the better I like him.

    • Cathy Wilson's Gravatar Cathy Wilson
      April 29, 2013 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Oh, and also Christina Rossetti, British poet of the 19th century

  51. Mary-Elise's Gravatar Mary-Elise
    April 29, 2013 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    St. Colman and his companions, a cock, a mouse, and a fly.

  52. T. Holmberg's Gravatar T. Holmberg
    April 29, 2013 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    St. Stephen
    St. Alban
    St. Tristan

  53. Corey Sees's Gravatar Corey Sees
    April 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Moses the Ethiopian! Former street thug turned pacifist monk!
    Julie Billiart. She founded the sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Known as the smiling saint. I’ve spent the past two years volunteering with the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers.

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      April 30, 2013 - 10:10 am | Permalink

      I second Moses the Ethiopian (or the Black as he is sometimes called)

  54. Edna's Gravatar Edna
    April 29, 2013 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I’d vote for Fred Rogers too. There were many days when my children were young that I needed to hear someone say “I like you just the way you are.” I also concur with William Wilberforce (especially as portrayed by Ioan Grufford in “Amazing Grace).
    Alas, until the powers that be add Mr. Rogers to Holy Men and Holy Women, I nominate Hildegard de Bingen.

    • Heather White's Gravatar Heather White
      April 30, 2013 - 2:46 am | Permalink

      Fred Rogers would get my vote too; he never failed to honor children as whole people in his show/ministry.

  55. Millie Ericson's Gravatar Millie Ericson
    April 29, 2013 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Hilda of Whitby! She was up against such stiff competition from Frances but deserved the halo equally as much and so should definitely be a first round draft for 2014!

  56. Ted Hallenbeck's Gravatar Ted Hallenbeck
    April 29, 2013 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    May I suggest that you consider the “Deacon Saints” a list developed over many years by Deacon Ormonde Plater. Many are well known, such as David Pendleton Okerhater, and far more not as well known. You may find this list on the AED Association for Episcopal Deacons website, left side under Resources, DEACON SAINTS. If need be I can send you a copy. I can suggest specific names if desired. In any case, more deacon saints please.

    • Deacon C's Gravatar Deacon C
      April 29, 2013 - 5:47 pm | Permalink

      I agree and would certainly second the nomination of David Pendleton Oakerhater, also known as O-kuh-ha-tuh.

  57. Jill's Gravatar Jill
    April 29, 2013 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    This is exciting! My nomination has to go to the one and only John Muir and/or Hudson Stuck! They share a day. If I can only choose one, though, my vote is for Muir. I feel like taking a little hike in the woods now..

    • Kim's Gravatar Kim
      April 29, 2013 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Muir Madness!! I second this one!

  58. Amelia Hagen's Gravatar Amelia Hagen
    April 29, 2013 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    St. Cuthbert.

    • Thomas van Brunt's Gravatar Thomas van Brunt
      April 29, 2013 - 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Because he has his own little island off Lindisfarne and a cave a fe miles inland. And I’ve been to both!

  59. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    April 29, 2013 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Alban, first martyr of Britain. His story is lovely, like the righteous gentiles who harbored Jews during the holocaust, and his name is used often enough that the masses will enjoy learning about him.

  60. Rich's Gravatar Rich
    April 29, 2013 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Richard of Chichester – he was a protector of the clergy, and helped write the lyrics to a very popular song from Godspell:

    Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
    For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
    For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
    O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
    May I know Thee more clearly,
    Love Thee more dearly,
    Follow Thee more nearly

  61. Raggs Ragan's Gravatar Raggs Ragan
    April 29, 2013 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Kiril & Metodii (otherwise known as Cyril and Methodius) – not only patron saints of Slavic scholars, in whose number I was included before becoming a priest – but inspirations to all linguists and missionaries, all who seek to share the truth of God in Christ in new cultures and languages.

  62. Paula Barnes's Gravatar Paula Barnes
    April 29, 2013 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Richard Hooker
    George Whitefield
    The Martyrs of Memphis — if a collected group of saints can be nominated

  63. Celia's Gravatar Celia
    April 29, 2013 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m nominating Joan of Arc – can’t believe she doesn’t have the Golden Halo already!

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 1, 2013 - 9:21 am | Permalink

      Celia, wonderful idea. This was a maiden who stood by her convictions, even at the cost of her own life!

  64. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    April 29, 2013 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I nominate William Temple and the Martyrs of Memphis

  65. Alan Medsker's Gravatar Alan Medsker
    April 29, 2013 - 2:16 pm | Permalink

    How could I not nominate St. Simon, from whom my parish gets its name?

  66. April 29, 2013 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I nominate “Woodbine Willie”, Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, whose feast day is March 8. He was a poet, prophet, priest of the C of E, and the best known chaplain of the British Army in World War One. I would love to see a military chaplain who handed out cigarettes as part of his ministry (!) be in contention in 2014.

    • April 29, 2013 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes . . . a great poet!

    • Hugh Matheson's Gravatar Hugh Matheson
      April 29, 2013 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

      I would like to second this. Old Woodbine was one of the most eloquent poets and writers of WW1. An anglican priest, padre in the line, his chapter on prayer, in “The Hardest Part” is one of the most moving things I have ever read on the subject.

  67. Lisa's Gravatar Lisa
    April 29, 2013 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Prudence Crandall

  68. cynthia tobola's Gravatar cynthia tobola
    April 29, 2013 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Rainer Maria Rilke, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Evagrius, Karl Rahner, and Antony of the Desert Fathers.

  69. April 29, 2013 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

  70. April 29, 2013 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

    With one meow, my cats say St. Gertrude of Nivelles.

  71. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    April 29, 2013 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    nominate Sarah Hale and Molly Brant

  72. Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
    April 29, 2013 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Nominations: St. Ethedreda, St. Genesius of Rome (patron saint of actors), St. Cyprian of Carthage,

  73. Cari Evans's Gravatar Cari Evans
    April 29, 2013 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Festo Kivengere, Ugandan Anglican Bishop,
    (1919-1988).

  74. Barbara Cohn's Gravatar Barbara Cohn
    April 29, 2013 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness

  75. The Rural Presbyterian's Gravatar The Rural Presbyterian
    April 29, 2013 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

    After much consideration I nominate Fanny Crosby, extraordinary hymn writer. (Just try to find a hymnal that doesn’t have at least one hymn with lyrics by Ms Crosby.) “To God be the glory, great things He hath done!”

  76. Howard E. Shute's Gravatar Howard E. Shute
    April 29, 2013 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I Nominate Margaret of Antioch (the dragon slayer).

  77. Howard E. Shute's Gravatar Howard E. Shute
    April 29, 2013 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Margaret of Antioch

  78. Hugh Matheson's Gravatar Hugh Matheson
    April 29, 2013 - 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate st. Jean de Brebeuf, martyr to the Huron People of southern Ontario

  79. Cathy's Gravatar Cathy
    April 29, 2013 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I respectfully submit for consideration St. Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Dunstan

  80. Russ's Gravatar Russ
    April 29, 2013 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Nominations: Basil the Great, and for the Parrotheads among us: Saint Barbara (Patron Saint of Lightning).
    And a second for Joan of Arc!

  81. Jed's Gravatar Jed
    April 29, 2013 - 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Brendan the Navigator.

    • Hugh Matheson's Gravatar Hugh Matheson
      April 29, 2013 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Second

  82. Jon's Gravatar Jon
    April 29, 2013 - 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Dunstan of Canterbury and Glastonbury.

    If you want a saint in favor of the Bible being available in one’s native tongue, I say go with Tyndale, Coverdale, or one of more recent Bible translators, not Wyclif since Wyclif wanted the church to be perpetually in hock to wealthy donors and to be forbidden to own property.

  83. Susan Chacon's Gravatar Susan Chacon
    April 29, 2013 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Although ineligible, Fred Rogers is saintly enough for me!

    I also think David Oakerhater deserves another shot.

    • Kim's Gravatar Kim
      April 29, 2013 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Yes, David Oakerhater definitely deserves another chance!

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 1, 2013 - 9:22 am | Permalink

      ineligible, my butt. as I have told them, the SEC needs to get off the aforementioned body part and MAKE him eligible!!!!

  84. Mary W. Cox's Gravatar Mary W. Cox
    April 29, 2013 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Deaconess Harriet Bedell, missionary to the Seminole tribe; and Bishop Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschwsky, who completed a translation of the Bible into Mandarin (or Cantonese?), when almost completely paralyzed, typing with one finger.

    And I second the nominations of St. Brigid of Kildare and Kateri Tekawitha!

  85. Dennis Coughlin's Gravatar Dennis Coughlin
    April 29, 2013 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I propose Harriet O’Brien Monsell, of County Clare Ireland, founder of the Anglican Community of St John the Baptist whose purpose was to help marginalized women. Another proposal is for Sr Constance (Caroline Louise Darling), one of the “Martyrs of Memphis” of the Episcopal Community of St Mary.

  86. April 29, 2013 - 3:57 pm | Permalink

    How about my dear favorite Polycarp
    And: Perpetua and Felicitas
    Aidan of Lindisfarne
    Martyrs of Japan
    Teresa of Avila–or–
    John of the Cross
    It would be interesting to do a study of individual personality or personal spirituality based on peoples’ nominations…

    • Sophia's Gravatar Sophia
      April 30, 2013 - 4:23 am | Permalink

      Oh good, someone for John of the Cross! I second that nomination!

      I’d also like to nominate Ephrem of Syria.

  87. Irene's Gravatar Irene
    April 29, 2013 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    –Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, Lithuanian Jew, Presbyterian seminarian, Anglican priest and missionary to China, Bishop of Shanghai, translator of BCP & Bible, sufferer from Parkinson’s disease.

    –The Venerable Bede, scholar, priest, monk, historian, translator, and patron of my church.

  88. April 29, 2013 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Ephrem the Deacon, also a hymn-writer like John Wesley.

  89. Jason's Gravatar Jason
    April 29, 2013 - 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m going Scottish with these nominations:

    Anthony of Egypt
    St. Cuthbert
    Charles de Foucauld
    and John Wycliffe (not to be confused with Wyclef Jean)

  90. Marie Bat'el's Gravatar Marie Bat'el
    April 29, 2013 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Corrie ten Boom.

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      April 29, 2013 - 7:44 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know if she is on any church’s calendar, but she is truly a Saint.

  91. John Saville's Gravatar John Saville
    April 29, 2013 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate John Muir whose life and writings reflect a remarkable understanding of and care for “this fragile earth, our island home”.

    • John Saville's Gravatar John Saville
      April 29, 2013 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I second my nomination!

      • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
        April 29, 2013 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

        Can you do that??

        • Heather White's Gravatar Heather White
          April 30, 2013 - 2:35 am | Permalink

          If he can’t, I’ll second it!

  92. Pam Stewart's Gravatar Pam Stewart
    April 29, 2013 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Anthony DeMello

  93. Sam's Gravatar Sam
    April 29, 2013 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    St. Anselm of Canterbury! Not only a wonderful theologian, but a great example of rocking medieval names.

    • Tim Powers's Gravatar Tim Powers
      April 30, 2013 - 10:48 am | Permalink

      Yes to Anselm! It’s my confirmation name.

  94. The Rev. Lorna Williams's Gravatar The Rev. Lorna Williams
    April 29, 2013 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate John of the Cross. I’m on a Carmelite kick!

  95. Sue Rich's Gravatar Sue Rich
    April 29, 2013 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Dunstan, don’t know much about him but sure to like the name!

  96. Elizabeth Hassell's Gravatar Elizabeth Hassell
    April 29, 2013 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine

  97. Lady Lyle's Gravatar Lady Lyle
    April 29, 2013 - 5:16 pm | Permalink

    For your consideration:

    St. ÆKaterina of Alexandria
    St. Quiteria
    St. Joseph of Cupertino
    St. Expeditus
    St. Mother Frances Cabrini (a New Orleans Saint)
    St. Roch
    St. Louis, King of France
    St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque
    St. Catherine Labourre

  98. Mike's Gravatar Mike
    April 29, 2013 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Anthony of Padua
    Francisco de Osuna (second that)
    Peter Alcantara

  99. Chris Plantz's Gravatar Chris Plantz
    April 29, 2013 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Hiram Kano. Japanese missionary in Nebraska and Colorado

  100. happy hooker[crochet]'s Gravatar happy hooker[crochet]
    April 29, 2013 - 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Germain. I don’t recall seeing his name on the bracket. Bishop of Paris, born 496 died Paris 576.

  101. Rosanne's Gravatar Rosanne
    April 29, 2013 - 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Fr. John Roberts who founded many of the churches in central Wyoming. Found in Holy Men & Holy Women Feb. 25th.

  102. Dennis Coughlin's Gravatar Dennis Coughlin
    April 29, 2013 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Joseph Justus Barsabbas
    Saint Matthias

    • JaneC's Gravatar JaneC
      April 30, 2013 - 12:54 am | Permalink

      Great match between these two. Maybe JJB will win over Mathias this time around.

  103. David's Gravatar David
    April 29, 2013 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    ABFP (anyone but Frances Perkins) – not kidding

    St. George
    St. Andrew
    St. Patrick
    St. David
    St. Cuthbert
    St. Bede
    Any and all Desert Fathers and Mothers
    St. Charles Stuart, King and Martyr (kidding, kind of, sort of)

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      April 29, 2013 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

      Charles Stuart, yeah!! (not kidding, not kind of, not sort of)
      Also Joseph, foster father of Our Lord
      and Molly Brant

  104. Josh Mancini's Gravatar Josh Mancini
    April 29, 2013 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Augustine.
    Absalom.
    Ambrose.
    Clearly there’s a theme there. So I had to break it….
    The Venerable Bede.

  105. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    April 29, 2013 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I hereby nominate my main man, Hugh of Lincoln and Blandina of Lyons.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing St. John of the Cross up there, either.

  106. David's Gravatar David
    April 29, 2013 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I second Joan of Arc

  107. EB's Gravatar EB
    April 29, 2013 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    St. Florian – patron saint of firefighters – every R.C. house in Germany where my mother grew up had an icon of St. Florian, and my mother taught me the prayer that went along with it – translated it goes: Holy Florian, protect our house, let the others burn! (We have the icon, naturally, and we have a bier stein as well!)

  108. Linda's Gravatar Linda
    April 29, 2013 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    How about Captain Chaplain Emil Joseph Kapaun? He was designated a “Servant of God” by the Catholic Church in the 1990s–just recently posthumously rec’d the Medal of Honor for his work during the Korean War. Really inspiring story.

    • Lucy Alonzo's Gravatar Lucy Alonzo
      April 30, 2013 - 8:49 pm | Permalink

      I second the nomination of Chaplain Emil Joseph Kapaun!

  109. Kathi Ferris's Gravatar Kathi Ferris
    April 29, 2013 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Since I’m fairly new to Lent Madness, will someone please tell me why Fred Rogers is not elligible? Seems to me that anyone who can work the magic with toddlers that he did should already have a golden halo! (or do I have the wrong Mr. Rogers?)

    As for nominations: St. Gregory the Illuminator (Armenian saint from the Armenian Apostolic Church) or St. Vartan who stood up for Christ in the early 300′s and died for the cause when he refused to surrender to pagan influence?

    • Jason's Gravatar Jason
      April 29, 2013 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

      I’m assuming it’s partly because he was a Methodist (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but mostly because he isn’t listed on any calendar of saints of any religion… yet.

      • April 30, 2013 - 8:12 am | Permalink

        It has nothing to do with being Methodist . . . he’s not in any of the required calendar listings.

      • The Rural Presbyterian's Gravatar The Rural Presbyterian
        April 30, 2013 - 10:23 am | Permalink

        The Rev. Fred Rogers was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. As Sister Mary has indicated, and the SEC has ruled, his eligibility has to do with the fact that he isn’t on any of the lists of Anglican “saints” … yet.

  110. Lynn Harrington's Gravatar Lynn Harrington
    April 29, 2013 - 6:44 pm | Permalink

    The Four Martyred Churchwomen of El Salvador: Ita Ford, Maura Clark, Dorothy Kazel & Jean Donovan

  111. April 29, 2013 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Thecla of Iconium, the teen-aged side-kick of St Paul according to second-century legend.

  112. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    April 29, 2013 - 6:57 pm | Permalink

    How about St. Kevin of Ireland?
    Oh, and second the nomination of Thomas Merton.

  113. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    April 29, 2013 - 7:00 pm | Permalink

    St. Cecilia

  114. Becky's Gravatar Becky
    April 29, 2013 - 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to second the nominations for St. Jude and St. Joseph of Cupertino, since I am hoping to engage more members of my church (St. Jude’s of Cupertino) in next year’s Lent Madness.

  115. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    April 29, 2013 - 7:03 pm | Permalink

    St. Herman of Alaska (in the Orthodox tradition)

  116. Susie's Gravatar Susie
    April 29, 2013 - 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again for the wonderful, humorous & entertaining Saints Education you gave us during Lent!
    I’d like to nominate Martin Luther for another shot at the Golden Halo!

  117. Mary Hickman's Gravatar Mary Hickman
    April 29, 2013 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Tabitha ( Dorcas). She was praised for her good deeds and was raised from the dead….Acts 9.
    I believe I read her ” day” is Jan. 27. I have always loved her story.

  118. Carla's Gravatar Carla
    April 29, 2013 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Because he wrote a creed so difficult to say, I’d like to nominate Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373

  119. jen's Gravatar jen
    April 29, 2013 - 7:25 pm | Permalink

    bl. john paul ii
    st. gianna molla
    st. gerard majella
    st. olaf
    st. martin of tours
    st. patrick
    st. brigid

  120. Geri's Gravatar Geri
    April 29, 2013 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to see some Irish (and other Celtic) saints included. St. Brendan the Navigator ( Brendan of Clonferet ) is one who springs to mind.

  121. Hugh Matheson's Gravatar Hugh Matheson
    April 29, 2013 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate St Anslem.

  122. Robert Srodulski's Gravatar Robert Srodulski
    April 29, 2013 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I respectfully nominate Saint Maximillian Maria Kolbe

  123. Debs's Gravatar Debs
    April 29, 2013 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I would like to make two nominations-
    Julian of Norwich-the first woman to write a book in English—Revelations of Divine Love, a book we would all do well to read a bit more of!
    The second is Blessed Titus Brandsma. There are not too many Dutch saints, he was a Carmelite friar, a priest, a journalist, and died at Dachau.
    Bless!

  124. Dom Incollingo's Gravatar Dom Incollingo
    April 29, 2013 - 8:18 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Mary Magdalene, the “Apostle to the Apostles.”

  125. Theresa's Gravatar Theresa
    April 29, 2013 - 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Pauli Murray! Just added to Holy Men, Holy Women in 2012. First African American Woman to become an Episcopal priest and a civil rights champion.

    Also, from my formerly Roman Catholic days, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Anyone who attended a school run by the Religious of the Sacred Heart could tell you all about her. :)

  126. Ted Garvin's Gravatar Ted Garvin
    April 29, 2013 - 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Theophan the Recluse.

  127. April 29, 2013 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Perpetua and Scholastica all the way!

  128. Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
    April 29, 2013 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Bede, father of English history.

  129. Jocelyn Bell's Gravatar Jocelyn Bell
    April 29, 2013 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Ralph Adams Cram

  130. ben rodenbeck's Gravatar ben rodenbeck
    April 29, 2013 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Charles and John Wesley for a battle of the Methodists. Both Anglican priests, one a hymnist, one a social activist, who will take the day?

  131. Linda Brown's Gravatar Linda Brown
    April 29, 2013 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate John & Charles Wesley, who remained Episcopal priests as they built the theology for Methodism ~ and whose day on the Episcopal calendar is March 3!

  132. April 29, 2013 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Scholastica and Perpetua!

  133. April 29, 2013 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Good King Wencenslas for having the best Christmas song ever! I think I’ve nominated enough now! Can’t wait for Lent!!!

  134. Lucretia's Gravatar Lucretia
    April 29, 2013 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Do they have to already be dead?
    If not, I’d nominate +Katharine Jefferts Schori who inspires and leads us into mission and the reign of God in spite of opposition, poisen pen emails and the like!

  135. J A Reyes's Gravatar J A Reyes
    April 29, 2013 - 10:18 pm | Permalink

    St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians. (Okay, I used to be a Roman…)

    • Carey's Gravatar Carey
      May 2, 2013 - 1:09 am | Permalink

      OK, as a (whispers hurriedly) current RC, may I please say that the fact that you have had Perpetua but not poor Felicity, is just wrong. I have literally never heard one mentioned without the other…. so here she is Felicity (BFF of Perpetua)

  136. Jake Blewitt's Gravatar Jake Blewitt
    April 29, 2013 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Saint Francis de Sales!

  137. April 29, 2013 - 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky.

  138. albert krueger's Gravatar albert krueger
    April 29, 2013 - 11:09 pm | Permalink
  139. Gene Dowling's Gravatar Gene Dowling
    April 29, 2013 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Thomas Merton.

  140. vicki's Gravatar vicki
    April 29, 2013 - 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Catherine of Sienna
    Thomas Merton
    Christians Rosetti

  141. JaneC's Gravatar JaneC
    April 30, 2013 - 12:49 am | Permalink

    Balthere of Tyninghame (later Baldred), a hermit and abbot. When he died three churches claimed his body and wouldn’t share, There miraculously appeared three identical bodies, all in windings. The three churches were extremely happy to each have their own St. Baldred relics.

  142. Janet Robinson's Gravatar Janet Robinson
    April 30, 2013 - 12:55 am | Permalink

    I nominate The Rev. Dr. James DeKoven (feast day – March 22, during Lent!) a theologian way ahead of his time. And a man who cared deeply for the church and her people.

  143. April 30, 2013 - 12:58 am | Permalink

    I nominate, Ruth burrows, Edward Hays, Henri J. M. Nouwen, John of the Cross, and St Thomas the disciple.

  144. Jim Oppenheimer's Gravatar Jim Oppenheimer
    April 30, 2013 - 1:15 am | Permalink

    Joe Hill

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS1aiAMWaz0

    He ought to get a shot (oops) at the title.

    • Raggs Ragan's Gravatar Raggs Ragan
      April 30, 2013 - 1:20 am | Permalink

      I like the idea of singing that song in church.

  145. Johnny's Gravatar Johnny
    April 30, 2013 - 1:20 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Constance and her Companions, the martyrs of the Memphis yellow fever outbreak of the 1800s, St. Blandina an early Christian martyr from Gaul, and St. Stephen- my parish’s patron saint.

  146. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    April 30, 2013 - 4:23 am | Permalink

    I nominate Eglantine Jebb, founder of Save the children, who, the the ABC wouldn’t listen went to the Pope. She drafted the first Declaration on the Rights of the Child. Remembered on 17th December so lost in the pre Christmas busyness.
    Also
    Columba
    Adomnan
    Hildegard
    Anselm
    Abelard and Heloise (must be some good kitsch there)
    Walter Hilton
    Thomas Traherne

  147. Paul Rosbolt's Gravatar Paul Rosbolt
    April 30, 2013 - 6:06 am | Permalink

    Elizabeth I. Where would we be without the Elizabethan Settlement?

  148. Cathy Bagot's Gravatar Cathy Bagot
    April 30, 2013 - 6:42 am | Permalink

    I nominate Verna Dozier!

  149. Shirley Ratliff's Gravatar Shirley Ratliff
    April 30, 2013 - 6:43 am | Permalink

    I nominate Saint Timothy.

    • Tim Powers's Gravatar Tim Powers
      April 30, 2013 - 10:54 am | Permalink

      Yay for Timothy (for obvious reasons)!

  150. linda maumus's Gravatar linda maumus
    April 30, 2013 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    i nominate st. valentine -just because…..

  151. Lisa Richmond's Gravatar Lisa Richmond
    April 30, 2013 - 8:06 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate St. Christopher.

  152. Julie Ledford's Gravatar Julie Ledford
    April 30, 2013 - 8:06 am | Permalink

    Théophane Vénard, from France

  153. April 30, 2013 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    Ruth Burrows, Thomas Merton, Edward Hays, Henri J. M. Nouwen, St Thomas the Apostle, and John of the Cross.

  154. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    April 30, 2013 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    I hereby nominate:

    St. Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, he of the Cappadocian Three, a father of communal monasticism, defender of the Nicene faith, destroyer of the pneumatomachi, denier of worldly comforts, generous benefactor…

    …also author of “On the Holy Spirit,” a small treatise on which I wrote my dissertation!

  155. Grace Duckworth's Gravatar Grace Duckworth
    April 30, 2013 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    St. Philip where I attend

  156. Sally from Magnolia's Gravatar Sally from Magnolia
    April 30, 2013 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners. (If you see a garden statue holding a shovel, rather than welcoming bird-St. Francis- that’s Fiacre) He has a great story, even if he was a trifle misogynistic, and the kitsch would be abundant.

    • Grace Duckworth's Gravatar Grace Duckworth
      April 30, 2013 - 11:33 am | Permalink

      Second St. Fiacre

  157. Tim Smart's Gravatar Tim Smart
    April 30, 2013 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Tommy Douglas 1904 – 1986

    Canadian. Baptist Minister. Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944-1961. Brought about Universal Health Care for the people of his province which all of Canada later adopted. Voted “Greatest Canadian” based on viewer supported survey, CBC television, 2004.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Douglas

  158. linda maumus's Gravatar linda maumus
    April 30, 2013 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    speaking of kitsch- for st. valentine it would be so plentiful( I don’t think I have ever used that word in a sentence). and I also nominate st. lucy for Rev. K. Jeanne Person who campaigned so mightily for her in 2013 LM

  159. April 30, 2013 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    Some calendars assign the prophets feasts. If the prophets can be included, I would like to nominate Samuel.

    Saint Arnulf (Arnold) of Metz is always a crowd-pleaser — lots of kitsch, if he can make it to that round.

    Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is a newly canonized by the Roman Church; I saw some terrific kitsch with her image at the North American Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville, New York. I also saw a relic — bone chip, though from what part I cannot say.

  160. April 30, 2013 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Oh, and the Four Chaplains — Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. Their heroism and ecumenical spirit is canon-worthy, even if they are not yet in any canon. http://www.fourchaplains.org/story.html

  161. Candace's Gravatar Candace
    April 30, 2013 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Julia Chester Emery and Agnes of Rome.

  162. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    April 30, 2013 - 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Several of my family love St Sebastian. He will try to help with any problem that torments you

  163. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    April 30, 2013 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who has been to Napoli can but love Santa Lucia. We often pray to her.

  164. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    April 30, 2013 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    okay, SEC, you guys need to get off your ecclestical butts and make it possible for Fred Rogers to be nominated!!!! I mean it!!!!!!!
    My childhood was not what one would call a romp around the maypole. Ask any survivor of bullying. after coming home with my self-esteem dragging behind me(in tatters no less), it ALWAYS made my day to see his kindly face and know that I was likable “just the way you are.”
    I do not want to hear that he was never canonized, blah-blah-blah.
    I do not want to hear any excuses because they’re all lame in the extreme.
    Just DO it!!!!!!!

    • linda maumus's Gravatar linda maumus
      April 30, 2013 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

      I totally agree with you. fred rogers was the most wonderful, kind, self esteem builder, authentic man. I loved to watch him with my kids.

      • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
        May 1, 2013 - 9:28 am | Permalink

        Thank you, Linda. I too watched him with my daughters(now grown), and his message is as valuable now as it was then, maybe more so.
        SEC, do not make me come down there…..it’ll be Katie bar the door!!!!
        I KNOW you can hear me!!!!

  165. April 30, 2013 - 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate St. Timothy

  166. Kevin Matthews's Gravatar Kevin Matthews
    April 30, 2013 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Many people will not see Pauli Murray because she is not in their copy of Holy Women, Holy Men, having just been added at General Convention. A good reason to put here story before the whole church!

  167. Cathy Mohler's Gravatar Cathy Mohler
    April 30, 2013 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Margaret of Antioch, the original Dragonslayer!

  168. Katy's Gravatar Katy
    April 30, 2013 - 9:20 pm | Permalink

    How about my favorite, Saint Anthony of Padua?

  169. Marie Bat'el's Gravatar Marie Bat'el
    May 1, 2013 - 3:06 am | Permalink

    Can Corrie ten Boom be nominated?

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      May 1, 2013 - 11:50 am | Permalink

      Is she on the list of the Righteous Gentiles?

      One thoguht about Sugihara, Maximilian Kolbe, Corrie ten Boom, and others who stood up to the Nazis — an argument against nominating them is that it’s going to be difficult for the SEC to walk the line between “amusing kitsch” and “appallingly bad taste”.

      • May 1, 2013 - 11:56 am | Permalink

        I don’t know enough about the others, but there are a lot of Corrie ten Boom quotes that appear in various forms that would definitely qualify under the kitsch category. Since she survived the Holocaust (and went on to a long a fruitful ministry after it), that sort of thing isn’t bad taste for her.

  170. David P. Kendrick's Gravatar David P. Kendrick
    May 1, 2013 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    I nominate the following:

    Priscilla, friend and co-worker of Paul and a Christian teacher in her own right
    Irenaeus, Great refuter of the Gnostics
    Clotilda, Queen of the Franks, who helped get her husband, Clovis, converted
    Maximillian Kolbe, Polish Roman Catholic monk who took the place of a prisoner to be starved to death by the Nazis.
    Dorothy Sayers, 20th century apologist

  171. jackie's Gravatar jackie
    May 1, 2013 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate:
    Deaconess and Missionary Harriet Bedell

    • May 1, 2013 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Awesome! I also just nominated her!!

  172. Tarheel's Gravatar Tarheel
    May 1, 2013 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    St. Andrew, St. Swithun, The Wesleys, William Tyndale, St. Francis de Sales. Too many prospects, too little time.

  173. Linda's Gravatar Linda
    May 1, 2013 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate St. Joseph, Hildegard of Bingen, and Sarah Josepha Buell Hale.

  174. May 1, 2013 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Deaconess Harriet Bedell (Jan 8)
    Sincerely,
    Willie Allen-Faiella
    St. Stephen’s, Coconut Grove
    Miami, FL

  175. Diane Pyle's Gravatar Diane Pyle
    May 1, 2013 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate W. Don McClure, Presbyterian martyr in Africa (1977). Was missionary in Africa for 50 years. Books: Red Headed Rash and Religious and Adventures in Africa by Charles Partee

  176. May 1, 2013 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I would like to second (or third) the following:
    Columba
    Genesius
    Stephen the Martyr

  177. May 1, 2013 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Sir Arthur Sullivan — he must be on some holy person list somewhere
    Hildegard

  178. Mary Alice Westerlund's Gravatar Mary Alice Westerlund
    May 1, 2013 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Blessed Frederich Ozanam. French Roman Catholic who personified gracious service to the Lord.

  179. Gail Adams's Gravatar Gail Adams
    May 1, 2013 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate two gorgeous souls:
    1. St. Hildegard of Bingen, an abbess who wrote about health, about her visions, corresponded with popes and emperors, composed music (changing medieval church music), and composed a morality play that may have paved the way for opera.
    2. Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taizé Community. He was a gentle soul who started an ecumenical movement.

  180. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    May 2, 2013 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    Since I have not heard back from the SEC regarding Fred Rogers,(pertinent pause at this point……)I nominate St. Drogo. what impresses me the most about him is his ability to be two places at once, one of the locations always being at church. Such faith is awe-inspiring!

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