Accepting Nominations!

nominations-openNominations for next year’s field of 32 saints are now being accepted by the Supreme Executive Committee. Yes, for the next week we invite you to revel in the joyful, anticipatory Season of Nominationtide.

But before we get to the main attraction, we encourage you to visit the Lentorium. You can prove your love for Lent Madness by loading up on Lent Madness merchandise, including the ubiquitous Lent Madness mug featuring 2015 Golden Halo winner Francis of Assisi, the novel pint glass featuring Silver Halo winner Brigid of Kildare, or the de rigeur purple Lent Madness t-shirt.

And now, on to the main event: the call for nominations for Lent Madness 2016!

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 2034.

While the SEC remains responsible for the formation of the final bracket, we encourage your participation in the nominating process. As in past years, we might even listen to some of your suggestions.

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 previous Golden Halo winners, the entire field of Lent Madness 2015, those saints who made it to the Round of the Elate Eight in 2014 and 2013, and those from the 2012 Faithful Four. Here is a comprehensive list of ineligible saints. Please keep this in mind as you submit your nominations — which you can do ONLY by leaving a comment on this post. Did we mention that the only way to make a nomination for Lent Madness 2016 is to leave a comment on this post?

Also, please note that the saints you nominate should be in the sanctoral calendar of one or more churches. We’re open minded. To a point.

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!

Past Golden Halo Winners (ineligible)
George Herbert, C.S. Lewis, Mary Magdalene, Frances Perkins, Charles Wesley, Francis of Assisi

The Field from 2015 (all ineligible)
Gregory the Illuminator 
Brendan the Navigator
John Keble
Francis of Assisi
John Wycliffe
Bernard Mizecki
Margaret of Antioch
Margery Kempe
Jackson Kemper
Molly Brant
Juan Diego
Frederick Douglass
Thomas Ken
Dionysius the Great
Irene the Great
Brigid of Kildare
William Laud
Teresa of Avila
David Oakerhater

From 2012 — 2014 (ineligible)
Basil the Great
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Bedell
Anna Cooper
Phillips Brooks
Julia Chester Emery
Jonathan Daniels
Hilda of Whitby
Dorothy Day
Li-Tim Oi
Oscar Romero
Emma of Hawaii
Margaret of Scotland
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

After a mysterious process of bracket discernment at the upcoming SEC Retreat, the 2016 Bracket will be released on All Brackets Day, November 3, 2015. You have until Ascension Thursday, May 14, to make your nomination. In other words, your time is up when Jesus goes up.

For now, we wish you a joyous Nominationtide.


Thanks for your nominations! Nominations for Lent Madness 2016 are now closed. But stay tuned – All Brackets Day, and the grand unveiling of next year’s bracket –  is November 3.

443 Comments to "Accepting Nominations!"

  1. Joe Hatley's Gravatar Joe Hatley
    May 7, 2015 - 8:08 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait for Lent Madness to start! My nomination is Father Damien.

    • Dianne Lawson's Gravatar Dianne Lawson
      May 7, 2015 - 9:20 am | Permalink

      I nominate Sir Wilfred Grenfell, whose work in Newfoundland and Labrador sprang directly from his faith.

    • Linda Hill's Gravatar Linda Hill
      May 9, 2015 - 9:42 am | Permalink

      I nominate St Aidan, a truly wonderful saint!

  2. Trudy's Gravatar Trudy
    May 7, 2015 - 8:11 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. David, the patron saint of Wales.

  3. May 7, 2015 - 8:13 am | Permalink

    I nominate the animal-loving-and-protecting St Melangell of Wales! Imagining her courage, compassion, and the prospect of plushy bunnies for purchase at the Lentorium!

    • Ann B's Gravatar Ann B
      May 7, 2015 - 8:34 am | Permalink

      It would be good to have some Welsh saints. St Melangell is lovely but I nominate St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

  4. sheila brennan's Gravatar sheila brennan
    May 7, 2015 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    I nominate St Columcille of Ireland!

  5. John Hogan's Gravatar John Hogan
    May 7, 2015 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    I nominate Walter Rauschenbusch.

  6. Cathy Bagot's Gravatar Cathy Bagot
    May 7, 2015 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    In the belief that all faithful people ate saints whether or not they appear on any church’s official list – I nominate Verna Dozier.

  7. Judy Fleener's Gravatar Judy Fleener
    May 7, 2015 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    Gilbert of Sempringham is my nomination for Lent Madness. 1083-1189 (Can this be? He lived more than 100 years?) He founded monasteries in England which at the time of his death house 1500 women and 700 men. These were dissolved in 1583.

  8. Pat's Gravatar Pat
    May 7, 2015 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    If I start my own church of St. Fred Rogers, can I nominate him?

    • lindaNOLA's Gravatar lindaNOLA
      May 8, 2015 - 8:41 am | Permalink

      i second that nomination!

    • Susan Chacon's Gravatar Susan Chacon
      May 11, 2015 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Fred! Fred! Fred!
      (Luke 11:8)

  9. Barbara Tobin's Gravatar Barbara Tobin
    May 7, 2015 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    I nominate Martin Luther King, Jr. He bravely accomplished much for civil rights despite all the naysayers. He died in the effort, which continues today.

  10. Keith's Gravatar Keith
    May 7, 2015 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    Mary Magdalene

  11. Elizabeth Massey's Gravatar Elizabeth Massey
    May 7, 2015 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    I nominate the following:

    1. Mary Magdalene
    2. The Very Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
    3. The Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams
    4. George Herbert
    5. Martin Luther King Jr.

    • Lucretia's Gravatar Lucretia
      May 7, 2015 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

      It’s The Most Rev. Katharine etc.

      I would support that nomination if it is allowed to have a living saint!

      • Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
        May 8, 2015 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

        Um – no.

  12. May 7, 2015 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Saint Nicholas! Who else? Actually he is one of the best known, perhaps, of saints, but also, perhaps, the least understood. So, give people an opportunity to learn that poor old Santa Claus is actually a champion of all the poor, vulnerable, and downtrodden. This could change Christmas forever! Onward for not-s0-jolly St. Nicholas!

    • pHil's Gravatar pHil
      May 11, 2015 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

      I second the nomination!

      Now can we get a third, in order to cover ALL the daughters?

  13. Helen Spence's Gravatar Helen Spence
    May 7, 2015 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers.

  14. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    May 7, 2015 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    I nominate Julian of Norwich.

    • Pat's Gravatar Pat
      May 7, 2015 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

      I’ll second this one.

      • Linda M.'s Gravatar Linda M.
        May 8, 2015 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

        Ditto for me. Also Aidan of Lindisfarne, Columba, & Cuthbert.

      • Linda McGee's Gravatar Linda McGee
        May 8, 2015 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

        Julian of Norwich, Aidan of Lindisfarne, Columba, & Cuthbert.

      • Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
        May 8, 2015 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

        I’ll third it. And today’s her Day!

    • Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
      May 8, 2015 - 8:10 am | Permalink

      Yes! This would be her chance for a St. Francis-type comeback!

    • Jeffrey P.'s Gravatar Jeffrey P.
      May 8, 2015 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

      +1 for Saint Julian of Norwich. A real woman mystic who didn’t jump into pools of fire filled with baby seals or any other nonsense.

  15. Victoria Logue's Gravatar Victoria Logue
    May 7, 2015 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    I nominate Amma Syncletica and Saint Columba.

  16. Daniel's Gravatar Daniel
    May 7, 2015 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    St. John the Evangelist

  17. Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
    May 7, 2015 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    How about the North Carolina saints approved at the last ECUSA General Convention: Pauli Murray, Manteo & Virginia Dare. Since Bishop Curry is a nominee for Presiding Bishop, it might be the perfect way to curry favor! Although I’m sure legend and kitsch abound for the latter, I think Pauli Murray is a better candidate for making it out of the first round.

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 7, 2015 - 8:26 am | Permalink

      I also submit Evelyn Underhill and Emily Morgan for your consideration.

      • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
        May 7, 2015 - 8:36 am | Permalink

        For old school I’ll nominate Perpetua or Clement of Rome. However, I have a great fondness for St. Andrew, guiding his passionate brother Peter to meet Jesus.

  18. Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
    May 7, 2015 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    Bertha of Canterbury , married to Ethelbert, she prayed daily for the conversion of the English before Augustiane came

  19. Nancy Sewell's Gravatar Nancy Sewell
    May 7, 2015 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    I nominate Emily Malbone Morgan

  20. Page Dame's Gravatar Page Dame
    May 7, 2015 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    I nominate Mother Elizabeth Seton.

  21. Denise Bell's Gravatar Denise Bell
    May 7, 2015 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    Well, my nomination from last year, St. Brigid, did pretty well, so this year I nominate St. Jerome, the patron saint of libraries and librarians.

  22. Cindy Scott's Gravatar Cindy Scott
    May 7, 2015 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    Henri jm Nouwen – may not yet be in the “official sanctoral calendar of one or more churches” but should be – and, more than likely, WILL be.

    • Sara's Gravatar Sara
      May 7, 2015 - 8:28 am | Permalink


  23. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    May 7, 2015 - 8:25 am | Permalink

    I also nominate Absalom Jones.

  24. Rebecca Arkenberg's Gravatar Rebecca Arkenberg
    May 7, 2015 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    I nominate Samuel Johnson, first resident rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Stratford, CT, the oldest Episcopal (not Anglican) parish in the oldest diocese in the U.S. He is known as the Father of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, founding 25 churches in the colony. His philosophical writings were published by his friend, Benjamin Franklin, and he also worked to open an Anglican college in New York, serving as the first president of Kings College, later Columbia University. His son William Samuel Johnson did not go into the ministry, but served as a senator from Connecticut in the second Continental Congress. William Samuel also was a president of Columbia College, as it was called after the Revolution. There is more information about Samuel Johnson on WikiPedia:

  25. Sara's Gravatar Sara
    May 7, 2015 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    I nominate Alice Seeley Harris and Eric Liddell.

    (We ARE allowed to nominate more than one, yes?)

  26. Elaine Lyons's Gravatar Elaine Lyons
    May 7, 2015 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    Thomas Merton

    • Stephanie Bradbury's Gravatar Stephanie Bradbury
      May 7, 2015 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

      I second this nomination!

  27. Roberto Marquez's Gravatar Roberto Marquez
    May 7, 2015 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    I nominate Sam Shoemaker. He’s one of the reasons I’m proud to be Episcopalian.

    • Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
      May 8, 2015 - 11:31 pm | Permalink

      I think that’s a fine idea, except that I’m powerless of Lentmadness, and my saints have become unmanageable.

      • Roberto Marquez's Gravatar Roberto Marquez
        May 8, 2015 - 11:56 pm | Permalink


  28. Tom Pike's Gravatar Tom Pike
    May 7, 2015 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    My nomination is based on the recent post in 50 Days of Fabulous:
    St Aristobulus!

    BTW did people even read your list of ineligibles?

  29. Anne Burton's Gravatar Anne Burton
    May 7, 2015 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln.

  30. The Rev Gina Volpe's Gravatar The Rev Gina Volpe
    May 7, 2015 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    I nominate Mother Theodore Guerin. I wrote her entry for the SCLM for consideration for Holy Women, Holy Men at GC2015. She was the foundress of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana. She was brought to the U.S. from France in 1840 to further education of girls and women and the reach out to the folks in Southern Indiana. She spoke out against on human trafficking and racism that she observed – even using the word trafficking in 1843. I have all of her materials and photo approved by the Sisters of Providence.

    • Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
      May 8, 2015 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

      And, although she is not (yet) recognized in the TEC calendar, she is revered in numerous faith communities in the US and around the world.

  31. Roberto Marquez's Gravatar Roberto Marquez
    May 7, 2015 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Let’s not forget St. Lucy. She had tremendous dedication. And of course, Catherine of Siena. Women who would go to any length, for sure.

    • Mary's Gravatar Mary
      May 7, 2015 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

      I second both St. Catherine of Siena and St. Lucy.

  32. Barbara Touby's Gravatar Barbara Touby
    May 7, 2015 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, S.C., (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born citizen[1] of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (September 14, 1975).[2] She established the first Catholic school in the nation, at Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.

  33. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    May 7, 2015 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    St. Pasqual, patron saint of cooks, shepherds and sheep. Think of all the food!!

  34. Roberto Marquez's Gravatar Roberto Marquez
    May 7, 2015 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    And finally, for now, “of one being with the Father” St. Athanasius. One word for you: homoousios.

    • Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
      May 7, 2015 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

      I second the nomination of St. Athanasius! Apparently, he stood up against Arius and the Aryan heresy. Later he wrote a creed and was present at Nicea. Sort of a foundation type of person.

    • Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
      May 8, 2015 - 8:14 am | Permalink

      Yes, Athanasius. He promises toothsome, history-laced blogs , plus a cool slogan.

  35. Janice Zitzmann's Gravatar Janice Zitzmann
    May 7, 2015 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    St. Augustine

  36. Robert Limpert's Gravatar Robert Limpert
    May 7, 2015 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed
    St Hubert of Liege, patron of hunters (his is a great story)
    St Arnold of Metz, patron of beer makers
    St. Panteleimon, an unmercenary physician

  37. Alan Bobowski's Gravatar Alan Bobowski
    May 7, 2015 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    How about matching up two pairs of saints, like Cyril and Methodius vs Felicity and Perpetua? There are others, too: Cosmas and Damian, Boris and Gleb, Constantine and Helen, Martha and Mary.

    • Verdery's Gravatar Verdery
      May 8, 2015 - 11:52 am | Permalink

      Ooo, Cyril and Methodius! Not only did they bring Christianity to what is now Ukraine, they invented a whole alphabet (or at least Cyril did) so the people could read the Bible.

  38. Lela Seay's Gravatar Lela Seay
    May 7, 2015 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    St. Timothy
    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  39. May 7, 2015 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    One of the nameless saints: The Syrophoenician Woman. Mark 7:25-30 .

  40. Meg Lauber's Gravatar Meg Lauber
    May 7, 2015 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    St. John Crysostom

  41. Betty Lane's Gravatar Betty Lane
    May 7, 2015 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    I nominate Monnica ( mother of St. Augustine), Harriett Starr Cannon founder of the Community of St Mary serving health and education needs of poor women and children starting in NYC, Sarah Josepha Buell, author of first novel by an American woman which also was the first to deal with slavery.

  42. Sara's Gravatar Sara
    May 7, 2015 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    One more:

    Nelson Mandela

    • Karen Johnson's Gravatar Karen Johnson
      May 7, 2015 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      A big YES to Nelson Mandela. And even though he wasn’t a Christian, (but then, neither were any of the other nominees from the Old Testament) I’d go for Mahatma Gandhi as well.)

  43. Michael B. Palazzolo's Gravatar Michael B. Palazzolo
    May 7, 2015 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    How about Saint Michael the archangel? Let’s put Michaelmas on the calendar!

    • Michael's Gravatar Michael
      May 8, 2015 - 7:42 am | Permalink

      I second St. Michael the Archangel.

  44. Carol Amadio's Gravatar Carol Amadio
    May 7, 2015 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    (Mother) Mary Jones champion of social justice in the US. Worked to ban child labor, to bring justice to coal miners and other workers. This work was done when she was between 50 and 100.

    Fran’s Jagerstatter was beheaded by the Nazis after refusing to serve in the German army. He did this despite being pressured by his family, his community, and his bishop to give in and be inducted.. You can read about him in Robert Ellsberg’s, All Saints.

  45. Sally's Gravatar Sally
    May 7, 2015 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    I nominate Sarah Buell Hale, whose sainthood we just celebrated on April 30. Editor, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, advocate for equal education, preservation of Bunker Hill and Mount Vernon, and primarily responsible for the nationalization of Thanksgiving!

  46. Michael B. Palazzolo's Gravatar Michael B. Palazzolo
    May 7, 2015 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    Can I add another nomination? A very popular saint in Sicily where my family is from is Saint Rosalia. I believe she’s the patron saint of Palermo, but she’s venerated all over. I don’t know much about her, but it would be nice to know more. And of course St. Lucy is probably the best known Sicilian saint. How about her?

  47. Cassandra's Gravatar Cassandra
    May 7, 2015 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    Bartolome de las Casas, a Spanish Dominican of the 16th century in the New World who opposed the atrocities committed against the native peoples. He was an early opposer of slavery, and fought for 50 years for the rights of a people regarded as barely human. A man of faith and strength.

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 7, 2015 - 8:57 am | Permalink


  48. Eileen Fisher's Gravatar Eileen Fisher
    May 7, 2015 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Mother Theresa. No words are needed to describe why she should be considered. I would also like to nominate St. Theresa of Avila. Both have served as guiding lights for me during my life.
    Thank you.

  49. Ed Rhodes's Gravatar Ed Rhodes
    May 7, 2015 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    What about a bracket of “twins”?

    St. Thomas the Apostle
    St. Thomas Aquinas
    St. Thomas Becket
    St. Thomas More
    Thomas Jefferson
    The Reverend Wilbert Awdry (author/creator of “Thomas the Train Engine”)
    Mark Twain (author of “Tom Sawyer”)
    (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson

  50. May 7, 2015 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    Last year being my first, I don’;t know if he’s been part of this, or how he fared, but I would like to nominate Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky.

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 7, 2015 - 8:58 am | Permalink

      He was in the 2014 bracket.

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 7:36 pm | Permalink

      …and he should have gone much farther than he did, IMHO!

  51. Bezy's Gravatar Bezy
    May 7, 2015 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    St. Jerome
    St. Donimic
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
    St. John Paul II
    John Paul I
    St. John XXIII
    St Gregory of Nazianzus
    St Catherine of Siena

    • S's Gravatar S
      May 7, 2015 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

      Second JPII.

    • Mshenna's Gravatar Mshenna
      May 8, 2015 - 3:25 am | Permalink

      On behalf of the grumpy & sarcastic, not to mention translators, I second Jerome.

  52. Lorraine Eustice's Gravatar Lorraine Eustice
    May 7, 2015 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    Benedict Biscop (pronounced Bishop)–founder and abbot of Wearmouth-Jarrow, and librarian par excellence. It can be argued that without Benedict’s love of books, and his accumulation of an incredible research library, Bede would never have accomplished the literary achievements that made him “Venerable.”

  53. Kristin's Gravatar Kristin
    May 7, 2015 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    I nominate Chad, Bishop of Litchfield and St Jerome.

  54. Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
    May 7, 2015 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    I nominate my patron, Joseph of Nazareth, foster father of Jesus and spouse of Mary.

  55. Shirley R's Gravatar Shirley R
    May 7, 2015 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    St. Timothy please.

  56. Helen Miller hg's Gravatar Helen Miller hg
    May 7, 2015 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    I nominate Martin Luther.

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

      I second that nomination!

  57. May 7, 2015 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    shucks – my potential candidate, Bishop Romero, urned up on the ineligible list.

  58. May 7, 2015 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    Well, Columba [Columcille] and Lady Julian have already been nominated, so I second these and would add Enmegahbowh, the first recognized Native American priest in the Episcopal Church. His feast day is 12 June.

    • kristy's Gravatar kristy
      May 8, 2015 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

      I couldn’t remember how to spell his name. I would have nominated him, so I guess this is a second. I was also thinking of Absalom Jones.

  59. Maureen O'Brien's Gravatar Maureen O'Brien
    May 7, 2015 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    Mary of Egypt

  60. Susie's Gravatar Susie
    May 7, 2015 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    On behalf of the Moravian fans of Lent Madness, I nominate Jan Hus.

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Yes, excellent choice!

  61. Kristine's Gravatar Kristine
    May 7, 2015 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    I nominate a Swedish saint, Saint Ansgar (8 September 801 – 3 February 865).

  62. Bindy Snyder's Gravatar Bindy Snyder
    May 7, 2015 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    Constance and Her Companions, the Martyrs of Memphis 1878

  63. Paula Miller's Gravatar Paula Miller
    May 7, 2015 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    St Paula and St Jerome
    Let the smack down begin!

  64. Maureen O'Brien's Gravatar Maureen O'Brien
    May 7, 2015 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Guthlac of Crowland

  65. Neva Rae Fox's Gravatar Neva Rae Fox
    May 7, 2015 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Bring on Lent Madness 2016!

  66. May 7, 2015 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    Kateri Tekakwitha, born in 1656.
    Thomas Merton, born in 1915.

  67. May 7, 2015 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    I nominate Columcille (Columba), for his booming voice & community-building gifts.

  68. Kathleen M's Gravatar Kathleen M
    May 7, 2015 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Matthew Talbot. You may have never heard of him, which is one of the reasons I find him so appealing. Matt was a common laborer in Dublin and considered a hopeless alcoholic. He’d take the pledge again and again, only to fall off the wagon. One day, when he was in his late twenties, he decided to try once more. He never took another drink and lived a very simple and humble life of prayer, study, asceticism, and charity for more than forty years. He was one of the little guys who lived in obscurity but tried to live heroically. He inspires a lot of people dealing with addiction, but his story is also about never giving up and shows how a quiet cheerful life dedicated to God can give glory to God as much as those who do great things in the eyes of the world. Two good biographies are Matt Talbot and His Times and Matt Talbot by Eddie Doherty. There are several shorter studies of him as well. He is recognized as venerable by the Roman Catholic Church, by the way, and is cause for beautification is open, so he fulfills the calendar requirement.

    • May 7, 2015 - 9:43 am | Permalink

      He was also a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and is venerated especially by Franciscans of every stripe.

      • Kathleen M's Gravatar Kathleen M
        May 7, 2015 - 10:30 am | Permalink

        Thank you for pointing that out – I’m glad some one else recognized him.

    • Mary's Gravatar Mary
      May 7, 2015 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Great nomination for Matt Talbott! Let’s add Maximillian Kolbe the Patron Saint of addiction.

  69. Dianne Lawson's Gravatar Dianne Lawson
    May 7, 2015 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    I nominate the Grimke sisters…Angelina and Sarah. If I have to pick just one, let it be Sarah.

    • Stephanie Bradbury's Gravatar Stephanie Bradbury
      May 7, 2015 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

      I concur with the nomination of Sarah Grimke.

  70. Betsy's Gravatar Betsy
    May 7, 2015 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    St. Gertrude of Nivelles, Patron Saint of cats, gardens, and against mice and mental illness. I can think of all kinds of great kitsch.

    • Trudy's Gravatar Trudy
      May 7, 2015 - 10:11 am | Permalink

      I second St. Gertrude. I once got to portray her when, as a Sunday School teacher, we did an All Saints’ presentation, each teacher taking on the persona of a different saint. I beg to differ, though, she was not “against” mice. My research showed that she had a pet mouse who lived in her convent cell with her.

      • Freeman Gilbert's Gravatar Freeman Gilbert
        May 7, 2015 - 11:14 am | Permalink

        Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker Gilbert and Annalivia Plurabelle Gilbert also second the choice of their patroness St Gertrude. Humphrey is an Anglo-Catholic cat, but Annalivia is neo-pagan Zen, so choosing St Gertrude might be a way of evangelizing her. It’s tricky enough living in a bi-species household, let alone a bi-faith household.

    • Susan Mattingly's Gravatar Susan Mattingly
      May 8, 2015 - 9:23 am | Permalink

      I am so pleased to see that St Gertrude has been nominated. Let’s hear it for cats !

  71. Betsy's Gravatar Betsy
    May 7, 2015 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Gertrude of Nivelles, Patron Saint of cats, gardens, and against mice and mental illness. I can think of all kinds of great kitsch.

  72. May 7, 2015 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Cranmer, Henri de Lubac and Pope John XXIII.

  73. May 7, 2015 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    I nominate Saint Mother Theodore Guerin (1798 – 1856). After an extraordinary journey from France, Saint Mother Theodore arrived in the dense forest of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods near Terre Haute, IN in 1840 where she started a novitiate for the Sisters of Providence and a school for girls. She was canonized and made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church in October 2006.

  74. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    May 7, 2015 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    Andrew the Apostle
    Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint of libraries
    Catherine of Siena
    David, Bishop of Menevia Wales
    Dominic, patron saint of astronomers
    Hilda, Abbess of Whitby
    Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch
    James, Bishop of Jerusalem, brother of Jesus
    Jerome, patron saint of libraries
    John Paul II
    Joseph, father of Jesus
    Julian of Norwich
    Mark, Evangelist
    Martin of Tours
    Michael, archangel
    Mother Teresa
    Nicholas, Bishop of Myra
    Polycarp, Bishop of Syrmna
    Robert Grossetteste, Bishop of Lincoln 1253
    Rose of Lima, patron saint of the Americas

    • Patrick's Gravatar Patrick
      May 8, 2015 - 7:45 am | Permalink

      I second St. Jerome and John Paul II.

  75. Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
    May 7, 2015 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    Sojourner Truth

  76. Mary W.'s Gravatar Mary W.
    May 7, 2015 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    I nominate Fred Rogers’ dog. I’m sure he’s on some canine-ical church’s saints’ calendar, like the Ewhiskerpal Church of America, Our Lady of St. Bernard, or followers of the Dalai Llaso Apso. Certainly Parson Russell would vote for him.

  77. Neva Rae Fox's Gravatar Neva Rae Fox
    May 7, 2015 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    Here is a list to consider — I nominate
    St Kevin – like the hymn we sing
    Sarah Josepha Buell Hall – what a gal!
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer – what a man!
    St Paul
    Julian of Norwich
    Katharine Tekawitha
    John Donne
    Thomas Merton
    Nicholas Zinzendorf

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

      I’ll second John Donne and Nicholas Zinzendorf. Unfortunately, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is ineligible.

  78. Wendy Webster Coakley's Gravatar Wendy Webster Coakley
    May 7, 2015 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    How about St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers? My very first car was a VW bug, purchased by my father for my brothers and me as teenagers and previously owned by a nun. There was a St. Christopher medallion on the dashboard. I’m pretty sure that’s why my father bought the car.

  79. Kate G.'s Gravatar Kate G.
    May 7, 2015 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania.

    Also Martha and Mary of Bethany.

  80. May 7, 2015 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate a man just recently canonized as a saint by Pope Francis. St. Ludovico (Louis) Casoria. He was a teacher by day. However, at night he walked the streets looking for homeless children who were frequently the victims of human trafficking. He founded a religious congregation to care specifically for such victims and founded an orphanage to house these children. Given the scourge of human trafficking that we see in the world today, this man stands as an example of what one person can do to end this terrible plight.

  81. May 7, 2015 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    As a member of the Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, I wish I could nominate Jonathan Daniels, martyred 50 years ago this August. But since he”s ineligible, I suggest Martin Luther King, Absalom Jones, and St. Stephen, for which my home parish is named.

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      May 7, 2015 - 10:41 am | Permalink

      Jonathan Daniels will be eligible again in the next few years, so keep him in mind!

      • May 7, 2015 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, Tessa, I will! I went on the pilgrimage last year (and plan on going this year) and read his biography. He’s frequently on my mind as it is.

  82. John Carter's Gravatar John Carter
    May 7, 2015 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Thomas Merton
    Henri Nouwen
    Francis Xavier
    Ignatius of Loyola
    Pope John XXIII
    Flannery O’Connor

  83. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 7, 2015 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    It would be wonderful to include Maximilian Kolbe

    • Pat's Gravatar Pat
      May 7, 2015 - 12:23 pm | Permalink


  84. Jim W's Gravatar Jim W
    May 7, 2015 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    I second and third the nomination of Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. I’d also like to suggest the great Saint Gregory of Nyssa and his mystical vision

  85. Linda Brown's Gravatar Linda Brown
    May 7, 2015 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    I nominate
    Charles Frederick Menninger (March 6)
    (Julia) Vida Dutton Scudder (October 10)
    both on the Episcopal Holy Women, Holy Men calendar

  86. George's Gravatar George
    May 7, 2015 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Lent Madness often seems to me as a battle of the sexes, so I’ll nominate Joan of Arc…who actually could be very viable candidate for the Golden Halo. What’s more is the fact that she would probably be the only nominee and contender who has had the dubious honor of being excommunicated by the ecclesiastical authorities. Finally, I offer this peachy campaign slogan this fascinating Franco-feminist icon: “Vote for Joan: she’s baaad to the bone!”

    • lindaNOLA's Gravatar lindaNOLA
      May 8, 2015 - 8:51 am | Permalink


    • May 9, 2015 - 5:16 am | Permalink

      Actually, Mary MacKillop (who I’ve nominated) was also excommunicated briefly (for criticising the laid-back way her bishop handled a matter relating to child abuse), but she was reinstated by Rome.

  87. Mark Hakes's Gravatar Mark Hakes
    May 7, 2015 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    I have a couple…is that okay? If not, my first choice is on the top.

    St. Bridget of Sweden
    St. Ignatius of Loyola
    St. Francis Xavier
    St. Peter Claver
    St. John Francis Regis
    St. Peter Faber
    Pope St. John XXIII
    St. Mark the Evangelist
    St. John of the Cross
    St. Kateri Tekakwitha

  88. Laurie's Gravatar Laurie
    May 7, 2015 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Sts. Nonnatus, Laurus, and Florus.

  89. May 7, 2015 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Saint Patrick, please!

  90. Phil Matthews's Gravatar Phil Matthews
    May 7, 2015 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    I nominate the Celtic saint Pelagius. And if you guys are as as diabolical as I know you are, you should add St. Augustine of Hippo. Nothing like a little free will vs. original sin debate to get the juices going during Lent.

  91. Lynn Harrington's Gravatar Lynn Harrington
    May 7, 2015 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    Jean Donovan, Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford & Maura Clarke – Martyrs of El Salvador

  92. Gary Kriss's Gravatar Gary Kriss
    May 7, 2015 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    I nominate St Arnold [Arnulf] of Metz, patron saint of beer.

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      May 7, 2015 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

      A pint glass for Arnold to pair with the Silver Halo pint glass for Brigid?

      How about St. Vincent of Saragossa, patron saint of vintners and vinegar makers? January 22nd is his feast day. And we could have commemorative wine glasses! None of those wussy coffee mugs for 2016!

  93. Grace Cangialosi's Gravatar Grace Cangialosi
    May 7, 2015 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Jonathan Myrick Daniel (HWHM, August 14)
    Corrie Ten Boom

  94. May 7, 2015 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    FD Maurice. But I’d also like to nominate Dante Alighieri — if you need a write-up, I’ve done one as a member of TEC’s SCLM and it is in process toward “Cloud of Witnesses” (successsor to HWHM). I won’t argue the case for Dante here, but would be glad to forward the material to you. Cheers.

    • Freeman Gilbert's Gravatar Freeman Gilbert
      May 7, 2015 - 11:21 am | Permalink

      Second the nomination of Dante!

  95. May 7, 2015 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Harry Holt, 1901-1964 of Creswell, Oregon whose love and caring for abandoned children has changed the lives of thousands. . Harry was a farmer and lumberman who lived in Creswell with his wife, Bertha and six children. In 1954, after seeing a WorldVision film about mixed race children abandoned in Korea after the Korean War, he went to Korea planning to adopt a child. He came home with eight, whom the Holts raised as their own. The family then began commuting to Korea, establishing facilities, rescuing children, selling off their own properties to do it. Harry, who had had a serious heart attack, died in 1964 in Korea just after bringing in an abandoned baby. Bertha, who had trained as a nurse but been a stay-at-home Mom, took over the project, relying on her Christian faith to run the show. She lived to be 96. The Holt agency has saved thousands of children, and now operates in 12 countries. If the Holts aren’t yet on any calendar they are in the nightly prayers of children and families all over the world.

  96. Gale Davis's Gravatar Gale Davis
    May 7, 2015 - 10:08 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers brought neighborly calm to children (and their parents) for so many years. I am serving as Interim in Nantucket and have found out that he attended St. Paul’s–and there is an icon of him near the pew in which he sat. He was a beloved member of the Nantucket community and thos who knew him say he was genuinely as kind as the person he appeared to be on TV. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister who knew his ministry was to children.

    • lindaNOLA's Gravatar lindaNOLA
      May 8, 2015 - 8:54 am | Permalink

      i second this one, also….

  97. Mary Via's Gravatar Mary Via
    May 7, 2015 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    On behalf of hundreds of students at St. Christopher’s School (Richmond, VA), we would like to nominate Saint Christopher!

  98. John Dieter's Gravatar John Dieter
    May 7, 2015 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    I nominate Heinrich Bullinger – an underappreciated reformer who was a saintly and devoted pastor.

  99. Brett's Gravatar Brett
    May 7, 2015 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    Martin of Tours

    Brother Lawrence

    Thomas Beckett or Thomas Cranmer

  100. Heather C's Gravatar Heather C
    May 7, 2015 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    This church archivist nominates St. Lawrence (aka San Lorenzo), patron saint of archivists, the poor, crops harvested in August, and cooks. The man was GRILLED! GRILLED! And had the wherewithal to make snappy comments to his torturers.

  101. May 7, 2015 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Aidan Bishop of Lindesfarne 651 (August 31) Trained at Iona he was a great evangelist for the church in Northern England. Aidan trained many monks and nuns several of whom went on to be church leaders.

  102. Doug Sparks's Gravatar Doug Sparks
    May 7, 2015 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    I nominate three persons all included in Holy Women, Holy Men and who has been included in several provinces Feasts and Fasts for many years…

    Vincent de Paul, Religious and Prophetic Witness, 1660

    Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary, 1902

    John XXIII, Bishop of Rome and Ecumenist, 1963

  103. Linda T.'s Gravatar Linda T.
    May 7, 2015 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Let’s give Benedict of Nursa another shot at the Golden Halo.

  104. Carol Ingells's Gravatar Carol Ingells
    May 7, 2015 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich

  105. Loretta Russell Hoffmann's Gravatar Loretta Russell Hoffmann
    May 7, 2015 - 10:28 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. James, Bishop of Jerusalem, held the first Church Council.
    I would also be pleased to see John Donne on the list.

  106. Christopher Richardson's Gravatar Christopher Richardson
    May 7, 2015 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    I nominate:

    Cyril of Jerusalem
    Cyril of Alexandria
    Cyril the Philosopher (paired with Methodius)
    Cyril of Turaw
    and Christopher, an early Christian martyr

  107. Cori K.'s Gravatar Cori K.
    May 7, 2015 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    I nominate the Four Chaplains, also known as the Dorchester Chaplains, who gave up their life vests and places in lifeboats to others during the sinking of the troop ship the S.S. Dorchester during WWII.

    Four Chaplains Day (Feb. 3) is a Feast Day on the ECUSA liturgical calendar, so they meet that stipulation. Their image is also present in numerous memorials, chapel windows, etc., including the National Cathedral’s Heroes Chapel window.

  108. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    May 7, 2015 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Saint Barnabas! He was a teacher and was known for encouraging others gifts; to do their best. He helped others find their talents and develop them. He is our parish patron saint and also at many other parishes.

  109. Janice's Gravatar Janice
    May 7, 2015 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate:
    Clare of Assisi
    Catherine of Siena
    Maria Goretti
    Edith Stein
    Joan of Arc

    • S's Gravatar S
      May 7, 2015 - 4:40 pm | Permalink

      Second Joan of Arc.

  110. Marion Jenkins's Gravatar Marion Jenkins
    May 7, 2015 - 10:46 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate The Rev. Henry Budd, the first indigenous person to be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican tradition in North America. His commemoration in the Anglican Church of Canada is April 2. His legacy lives on in Henry Budd College for Ministry in The Pas, Manitoba where he came as a catechist to the indigenous people of the area in 1840. 2015-16 marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Budd to northwestern Manitoba. The parish he established, Christ Church, The Pas, is still an active parish in the Diocese of Brandon. I believe the Rev. Henry Budd is a worthy candidate for the 2016 bracket.

  111. Mac's Gravatar Mac
    May 7, 2015 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate St. Andrew, St. Zita, St. Margaret of Scotland, and St. Emily de Vialar

  112. Cheryle's Gravatar Cheryle
    May 7, 2015 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    I nominate Elizabeth Ann Seton.

  113. May 7, 2015 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    I nominate Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy. Priest, poet, prophet, and best-known chaplain in the British Army in World War One. Beloved by his soldiers, and nicknamed “Woodbine Willie” for the brand of cigarettes he gave them, his feast day is March 8 on the calendars of TEC and the C of E. After the war, he was an ardent advocate for justice for poor and working class people in the UK. He is the hero of my book which was published by Forward Movement in 2007. He is the author of Hymn 9 (“Awake, awake to love and work) in The Hymnal 1982.

  114. Daniel Nieciecki's Gravatar Daniel Nieciecki
    May 7, 2015 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    I am pleased to nominate King Charles the Martyr.

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      May 7, 2015 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

      I second that emotion! As a member of the Society of King Charles the Martyr, I would love to see him in the bracket. People have very strong feelings for and against Charles. What a bloodbath it will be if he is in the competition!

  115. Mimi Pat's Gravatar Mimi Pat
    May 7, 2015 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    I nominate St Jude Thaddaeus, the patron saint of desperate cases. Many times he has come through for those who have offered up prayers for people in seemingly hopeless situations.

  116. Jen Ochsner's Gravatar Jen Ochsner
    May 7, 2015 - 10:54 am | Permalink

    I nominate Corrie Ten Boom…………she and her family exemplify courage in the dark days of Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

    • S's Gravatar S
      May 7, 2015 - 4:42 pm | Permalink

      I second her. I read the book about her, The Hiding Place. She was so brave hiding the Jews, and she lifted others’ spirits in prison even though she was sick herself.

    • Elaine Culver's Gravatar Elaine Culver
      May 7, 2015 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

      I’m a great Corrie Ten Boom fan. What a remarkable witness!

      • andrea's Gravatar andrea
        May 13, 2015 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

        I agree with the nomination of Corrie Ten Boom too!

  117. Jaime Sanders's Gravatar Jaime Sanders
    May 7, 2015 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    I nominate Alcuin for his humility and friendships and contribution to preservation of acholarship. And he chastised Charlemagne for forcible conversions.

  118. St. Augustine of Hippo's Gravatar St. Augustine of Hippo
    May 7, 2015 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    I nominate myself.

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 7:56 pm | Permalink


  119. Michelle's Gravatar Michelle
    May 7, 2015 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    William W. Mayo, Charles F. Menninger, St. John the Divine, Teresa of Avila, Christina Rosetti,, John of the Cross

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

      I’ll second Christina Rosetti.

  120. Anne Bartlett's Gravatar Anne Bartlett
    May 7, 2015 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich. Please!!!

  121. Suzanne's Gravatar Suzanne
    May 7, 2015 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Let’s hear it for the Little Flower! I nominate Therese of Lisieux.

    • S's Gravatar S
      May 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

      I second her! I had to do a project about her in middle school and I fell in love with her childlike faithfulness.

  122. Dennis Coughlin's Gravatar Dennis Coughlin
    May 7, 2015 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Denis, the patron saint of Paris, who, after he was beheaded, is said to have picked up his head and completed a 10k preaching repentance the whole way.

  123. Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
    May 7, 2015 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during WWII who issued thousands of transit visas to Jews so they could escape the Holocaust. He risked his career and his and his family’s lives to give an estimated 6,000-10,000 people a chance at survival. Against orders from his superiors, he handwrote visas 18-20 hours a day for six weeks in the summer of 1940 until the Japanese consulate closed and he was recalled to Japan, where he would later lose his job for his decision to set human lives over a directive from a distant government. He was a Christian and a good man and he is honored as one Righteous Among the Nations at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel. The Episcopal Church calendar honors the Righteous Gentiles on July 16.

    • Tobu's Gravatar Tobu
      May 7, 2015 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Seconded – Sugihara was a fascinating and profoundly good-hearted man who stood fast in the face of the cruelty of war and genocide.

  124. Meg's Gravatar Meg
    May 7, 2015 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Harriet Starr Cannon, founder of the Community of Saint Mary.

  125. Heather Coleman's Gravatar Heather Coleman
    May 7, 2015 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Sergei of Radonezh and Saint Paisius Velichkovsky

  126. Kate Guistolise's Gravatar Kate Guistolise
    May 7, 2015 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Polycarp of Smyrna.
    He’s venerated in the
    Anglican Communion
    Eastern Orthodox Church
    Oriental Orthodox Church
    Roman Catholic Church and the
    Lutheran Church
    At the time of his martyrdom, when asked to betray Jesus, St Polycarp is credited with saying “eighty and six years have I served Him and He has done me no wrong. How then can I blaspheme my King and Savior? Bring forth what thou wilt”

    I also nominate my patron, St. Joseph. Seriously, SEC, how hard do you think it was to accept everything he needed to in faith – Many preachers preach “Mary said yes!” She might have been stoned if Joseph had not also said yes. I claim I him as patron saint of step parents – from experience, I can tell you that can be a thankless job – as well as a joy. But think about the “mano a mano” talks that may have gone down.
    My third nominee is St. Thomas the Apostle. Often labeled “Doubting Thomas” first let’s give him props for asking the hard questions. Isn’t that something we encourage? Also here’s a question or so: why doesn’t anyone ask where Thinas was when Jesus appeared in the upper room? Perhaps he was guarding the door to keep safe all the cowering rest of the group? Perhaps he was going for groceries because the others were to afraid to go out and be recognized. Perhaps he was out “getting the lay of the land – OR even scouting out and encouraging other of Jesus’ followers who were terrified and hiding.
    Just sayin’

  127. Lesley Hildrey's Gravatar Lesley Hildrey
    May 7, 2015 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    How about saint Jonathan Myrick Daniels? He is one of only two modern day US saints listed in Canterbury Cathedral and was a member of our episcopal church: St. James, Keene, NH. He join the civil rights movement whilst in seminary and went to Alabama when MLK jr put out the call to everyone. (Around the time of the Selma issues.Jonathan gave his life to save a young girl, Ruby Sales, from being shot as a deputy sheriff shot at her when they approached a corner store to buy a drink in Haynesville, Alabama, after being released from 9 days in jail without charge.
    This August it is exactly 50 years since he was martyred and our church is celebrating him on August 23. We are also taking a youth pilgrimage down to Alabama to follow in his footsteps, learn more about civil rights (then and now) and join the EDS pilgrimage for him on 8/15.
    Ruby Sales is still around and decided to “make her life count” after this sacrifice, doing many good works…
    The other modern day US saint in Canterbury is of course MLK jr.

  128. Ann Christenson's Gravatar Ann Christenson
    May 7, 2015 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    Please consider Henry Benjamin Whipple, 1822-1901, first bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota. In a life filled with amazing accomplishments, among other things he founded the boarding schools Shattuck (for boys) and St. Mary’s Hall (for girls), built Seabury Divinity School, ordained the first Native American to the priesthood, but most of all was best known as an advocate for Native Americans, who called him ‘Straight Tongue.” He asked President Lincoln to commute the death sentences of 303 Dakota warriors involved in the 1862 Dakota War; Lincoln complied for all but 38. The hanging of the 38 in Mankato, Minnesota, was and remains the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Read “And the Wilderness Shall Blossom” by Anne B. Allen

  129. Bobbi Kraft's Gravatar Bobbi Kraft
    May 7, 2015 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    I nominate both St. Nicholas and St. Barnabus for the support & encouragement they provided in their time and for me today.

  130. Shaun Pettine's Gravatar Shaun Pettine
    May 7, 2015 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    I nominate Saint Sebastian. We just returned from a trip to Italy where his tremendous popularity was evident…you couldn’t walk for 5 minutes without finding some image of him, including graffiti of him in the alleys. His outspokenness against the mistreatment of early Christians is as appealing as the visual of him surviving being shot through with arrows. My second nomination is Saint Barbara…how can you resist the patron saint of artillery?

  131. Frank Crumbaugh's Gravatar Frank Crumbaugh
    May 7, 2015 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    Please consider putting Euphrosynous the Cook into the line-up.

  132. Shelley Rowland's Gravatar Shelley Rowland
    May 7, 2015 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    St. Anne

  133. Pat Moran's Gravatar Pat Moran
    May 7, 2015 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    I’m nominating Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, abolitionists and women’s rights activists.

  134. Heather's Gravatar Heather
    May 7, 2015 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Bishop Charles Henry Brent. Born in Canada, bishop in the Philippines and in the United States.

  135. Maggie Proctor's Gravatar Maggie Proctor
    May 7, 2015 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    Saint Katharine Drexel; Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

  136. Linda Baker Pineo's Gravatar Linda Baker Pineo
    May 7, 2015 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    The Rev. John Roberts, Wyoming

  137. Diane Moore's Gravatar Diane Moore
    May 7, 2015 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    I haven’t read the above. So I don’t know everyone nominated. My choice is Damian of Molokai.

  138. Jean Lin's Gravatar Jean Lin
    May 7, 2015 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Mary and Martha (or Mary if only one allowed) for their faithfulness. Mary for her love of wisdom, Martha for the
    unglamorous behind the scenes caring for Jesus.

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      May 7, 2015 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

      That would be difficult to choose. I’d go for Martha, though, since she is not only the one who did the work but also the woman who asked Jesus how he could raise Lazarus when her brother had been dead for days.

  139. Freeman Gilbert's Gravatar Freeman Gilbert
    May 7, 2015 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    I nominate John Muir. Since General Convention is likely to suppress his commemoration this year, it is do or die for him.

  140. May 7, 2015 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    Queen Elizabeth I. Not on any list (though she SHOULD be — IMHO!). Without her there would have been no us.

    • Calvin Haas's Gravatar Calvin Haas
      May 7, 2015 - 11:35 am | Permalink

      Yeah man, you right…..

  141. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 7, 2015 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    Elizabeth Seton
    Catherine of Siena
    Julian of Norwich
    Thurgood Marshall
    Martin Luther
    William Tyndale
    St. Paul

    • Tom Penna's Gravatar Tom Penna
      May 13, 2015 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Here’s a big fat second for Thurgood Marshall!!! I’ve been nominating him for a couple of years now.

  142. Mariana Bauman's Gravatar Mariana Bauman
    May 7, 2015 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    “The holy and glorious venerable-martyr Maria Skobtsova (also Saint Mary of Paris or Mother Maria) was a nun and martyr in Paris in the early twentieth century.” (From Orthodox Wiki.) She has sometimes been compared to Dorothy Day. She died in a concentration camp in 1945, having rescued many Jews in France. Not as ‘flamboyant’ as some other Marys, she was a Bolshevik for awhile, returned to Christianity and became a nun only if she was not cloistered. Wrote several books and very active serving the poor. Check her out! She is on the Orthodox calendar in July.

  143. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    May 7, 2015 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    I second the nominations for St. Columba and also add St. Aidan. St. Aidan was one of St. Columba’s monks; he established the monastery in Lindisfarne and spread Christianity in Northern England.

  144. Kay Rohloff's Gravatar Kay Rohloff
    May 7, 2015 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat, saved thousands of Jews during WWII in Lithuania by going against orders and writing them visas to escape for 18 hours a day. He’s celebrated as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox (somewhat unofficially, but he is actually on many church calendars of saints days) which he had converted to after living in Lithuania for awhile. His story is largely unknown outside of Lithuania but would make a great movie.

    Katerina von Bora Luther, besides putting up with Martin for so many years, and famously escaping her convent in a herring barrel, was actually quite the theologian herself, if untrained, and is celebrated by the Lutherans as a great church leader in her own right (we aren’t that big on “saints”).

    • May 7, 2015 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Ooh! Yes, I second this nomination — Martin would never have accomplished so much without this “saint” by his side!!

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      May 7, 2015 - 5:21 pm | Permalink

      I also think Martin Luther and Katerina von Bora Luther would make good nominess. Luther certainly gave Henry VIII a leg up!

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 8:04 pm | Permalink

      I second (or fourth?) the nomination of Katie Luther.

  145. Jennifer R's Gravatar Jennifer R
    May 7, 2015 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    John Knox for my Presbyterian friends,
    St. Scholastica for my friends at the Benedictine monastery,
    St. Julian of Norwich, St. Columba of Scotland, and St. Nicholas for the children I teach,
    and Adelaide Teague Case, an early advocate for child centered learning.

  146. May 7, 2015 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    St. Bernadette of Lourdes. And Catherine of Siena, again.

  147. Calvin Haas's Gravatar Calvin Haas
    May 7, 2015 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    I nominate, for the 2016 Lent Madness bracket, Julian of Norwich.

  148. Sumner Jenkins's Gravatar Sumner Jenkins
    May 7, 2015 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich
    Sts. Sergius and Bacchus

  149. Denise Aldrich's Gravatar Denise Aldrich
    May 7, 2015 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    Martin Luther King Jr., I see other “non Saints” such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Also, The Blessed Mother of Christ, Mary.

  150. Lee Gaede's Gravatar Lee Gaede
    May 7, 2015 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Mark, and St. Giles.

  151. Tricia Harvey's Gravatar Tricia Harvey
    May 7, 2015 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    I nominate Blessed Xenia of Saint Petersburg (Russia, not Florida!).

  152. Mother Gail's Gravatar Mother Gail
    May 7, 2015 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    Dorothy Day

  153. Robyn FM's Gravatar Robyn FM
    May 7, 2015 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate St. Castulus, his wife Irene of Rome, and St. Sebastian, who Irene nursed back to health after he was left for dead.

  154. Lea's Gravatar Lea
    May 7, 2015 - 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Julian of Norwich, Mary Magdalene and Christina the Astonishing.

  155. Julie Seidler's Gravatar Julie Seidler
    May 7, 2015 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    How about Anna the prophetess vs. someone like St. Olympias? That might be fun.

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 10, 2015 - 9:11 pm | Permalink

      Anna vs. Simeon?

  156. Julie Seidler's Gravatar Julie Seidler
    May 7, 2015 - 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Since I am also a student of the Russian language and history, how about St. Cyril?

  157. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski's Gravatar Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski
    May 7, 2015 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Alexander Crummell — the worthy heir of Absalom Jones — and Samuel Ajayi Crowther — the first African Anglican bishop.

  158. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    May 7, 2015 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I nominate the following:
    St. Aidan
    Anne, the grandmother of Jesus
    St. Stephen
    Maya Angelou
    Herb Brokering (the author of “Earth and all Stars”)
    Bishop William “Bill” Gordon, Jr., Bishop of Alaska.

  159. Cynthia Kartman's Gravatar Cynthia Kartman
    May 7, 2015 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Although neither of them is honored on the C of E liturgical calendar, they both should
    be. And what a smackdown they would be:

    Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope

    • Fiona Haworth's Gravatar Fiona Haworth
      May 8, 2015 - 8:01 am | Permalink

      Yes! Jane Austen 🙂

  160. Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
    May 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Saint Bonaventure, an influential theologian and philosopher of the middle ages.

  161. Kerry Angle's Gravatar Kerry Angle
    May 7, 2015 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Martin of Tours, Thomas the Apostle

  162. Pat's Gravatar Pat
    May 7, 2015 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Padre Pio, Mother Teresa, & Thomas Merton

  163. Caroyn Newell's Gravatar Caroyn Newell
    May 7, 2015 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Martin Luther.

  164. David Kendrick's Gravatar David Kendrick
    May 7, 2015 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate the following
    The Beloved Disciple (who may or may not have been John Zebedee)
    Julian of Norwich
    The Dorchester Four

  165. Anne Clayton's Gravatar Anne Clayton
    May 7, 2015 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I hereby nominate:
    St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Born in 1656, died in 1680) was a layperson and a significant aboriginal figure in Canada with credit to numerous miraculous healings. She was beatified on June 22, 1980 and was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. Her feast day is April 17 in Canada.

  166. Anne Clayton's Gravatar Anne Clayton
    May 7, 2015 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

    And two more Canadian Saints for your prayerful consideration:
    St. Marguerite d’Youville (1701–1771).This pious woman founded the religious congregation called the Sisters of Charity, known as the “Grey Nuns.” Pope John Paul II canonized her in 1990. Her feast is celebrated on October 16.
    St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620–1700) founded the Congregation of Notre Dame who are involved in providing Christian education to many parts of the world. She worked tirelessly to ensure the rights and welfare of women and children in New France and to ensure that young people received an education. Marguerite was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 31, 1982; her feast day is celebrated in Canada on January 12.
    And to give credit in this reply and my previous reply: This information came from the folks Wikipedia, God bless them!

  167. May 7, 2015 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know W.H. Peterson, but definitely want to second the nominations of F.D. Maurice and Dante Alighieri.

  168. Barbara Hanstine's Gravatar Barbara Hanstine
    May 7, 2015 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    JOHN Vianney..the Cure d’ARS

    jDamien the Leper

    Matt Talbott

  169. Carole Schenck's Gravatar Carole Schenck
    May 7, 2015 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Isaac Watts (1674-1748) English Christian humnwriter and theologian. Two of his most popular, better-known hymns include “Joy to the World” and “O God Our Help in Ages Past.”

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 8:08 pm | Permalink

      I’ll second that!

  170. David Stevens's Gravatar David Stevens
    May 7, 2015 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Eleanor Roosevelt for her work in human rights.

  171. Alec Clement's Gravatar Alec Clement
    May 7, 2015 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I think that Dietrich Bonhoeffer already listed But would like to reinforce consideration. His deep and abiding faith and sacrifice warrants serious attention.

  172. Cathie Dainton Piacente's Gravatar Cathie Dainton Piacente
    May 7, 2015 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    St. Barnabas gets my nomination.

  173. Nancy Gossling's Gravatar Nancy Gossling
    May 7, 2015 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I second the nomination for the “unknown/SyroPhoenician woman” and add a nomination for “all the saints” (Nov 1)

  174. May 7, 2015 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    And Thomas Cranmer! Sorry for the misspelling, W.H. Petersen.

  175. Sharon Sheffield's Gravatar Sharon Sheffield
    May 7, 2015 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    G.K. Chesterton
    John Donne
    John Henry Newman
    Evelyn Underhill
    J.S. Bach
    Clare of Assisi
    Vida Scudder
    John Muir
    Julian of Norwich
    Thurgood Marshall
    Lancelot Andrewes

    • Tom Penna's Gravatar Tom Penna
      May 13, 2015 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

      I second Thurgood Marshall!!! Please put him in there next time around! 🙂

  176. Emily Correll's Gravatar Emily Correll
    May 7, 2015 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Sojourner Truth –“Aren’t I a Woman?” and had the strength of reprove Frederick Douglass for lack of faith
    Pauli Murray
    Bertha–paved the way for conversion of Ethelbert
    Mother Jones even if she isn’t official
    Benedict Biscop for putting together books to inspire Bede
    Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury
    Martin Luther–Without him, would Henry VIII have succeeded in the English Reformation. Also, where would we be without “A Mighty Fortress?”
    Jan Hus–dying for one’s faith always is a step up
    John Donne–for poems and sermons, even if they are often quoted too much

  177. Colleen Teeuwe's Gravatar Colleen Teeuwe
    May 7, 2015 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Edith Stein
    Claire of Assisi

  178. Cathy Hunt's Gravatar Cathy Hunt
    May 7, 2015 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    St. Veronica — inspiration for how one fearless act of compassion can mean so much

  179. May 7, 2015 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    With joy and anticipation, I nominate Saint Philip Neri — one of the most humble and goofy of saints, “there are stories of him wearing ridiculous clothes or walking around with half his beard shaved off. The greater his reputation for holiness the sillier he wanted to seem. When some people came from Poland to see the great saint, they found him listening to another priest read to him from joke books.” I would also like to nominate Saint Juniper, a closer follower of Saint Francis of Assisi and a man who many later researchers have suggested displayed many of the classic attributes of a person with Autism.
    Both of these saints truly lived in joyful humility — a rare quality indeed! And, I would also add St. Thaddeus (a.k.a. St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes). Wow, never-ever expected to eagerly anticipate Lent!

  180. James Sliney's Gravatar James Sliney
    May 7, 2015 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who is listed in ‘Holy Women Holy Men, Celebration of the Saints’. He is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church on April 10th.
    Pierre Teilhard was a first class 20th Century paleontologist as well as a Christian mystic. His vision expressed in his writings saw evolution bringing together all matter into a final goal in which spirit and matter will coincide and God shall be all in all which he called the Omega Point.

  181. Heather A. Warren's Gravatar Heather A. Warren
    May 7, 2015 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    St. Columba, St. Ninian, Martin of Tours, Isabel Hapgood, John R. Mott, Pauli Murray, Mother Katharine Drexel, John XXIII, Archbishop (later Patriarch) Tikhon, Archbishop William Temple, Dorothy Day, G.K.A. Bell

    • Verdery's Gravatar Verdery
      May 8, 2015 - 11:58 am | Permalink

      I’ll second Pope John XXIII (the 20th century one, that is).

  182. Martha's Gravatar Martha
    May 7, 2015 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Elizabeth of Hungary
    Martha (sister of Mary and Lazarus)
    Isaac Jogues
    Lucy (Scandinavia)

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 7, 2015 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

      I’ll second Elizabeth of Hungary!

  183. Maureen Hagen's Gravatar Maureen Hagen
    May 7, 2015 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Phoebe.

    From the above-reproach resource, Wikipedia:

    Phoebe (Koine Greek Φοίβη) was a first-century Christian woman mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans, verses 16:1-2. A notable woman in the church of Cenchreae, she was trusted by Paul to deliver his letter to the Romans.[1] In writing to the church that almost surely met in her home,[2] Paul refers to her both as a deacon (Gk. diakonon masc.) and as a helper or patron of many (Gk. prostatis). This is the only place in the New Testament where a woman is specifically referred to with these two distinctions. Paul introduces Phoebe as his emissary to the church in Rome and, because they are not acquainted with her, Paul provides them with her credentials.

    Phoebe’s exceptional character, noted[Rom. 16:2] by her status as a deacon and prostatis—one who should be esteemed highly “because of their work”[1 Thes. 5:12]— may be the reason Paul sent her to Rome where she delivered the letter to Rome. By referring to Phoebe as a prostatis, Paul solicits the attention and respect of the leaders in Rome’s church, which also included other women, namely Prisca/(Priscilla)[Rom. 16:3], Mary[Rom. 16:6], Junia[Rom. 16:7], and Tryphena, Tryphosa, and Persis [16:12] .[3]

    I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.

    — Paul[Rom. 16:1-2]

  184. Patti Blaine's Gravatar Patti Blaine
    May 7, 2015 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Jacob Riis
    Harriet Ross Tubman
    Sojourner Truth
    Amelia Jenks Bloomer
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Walter Rauschenbusch
    Washington Gladden

  185. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    May 7, 2015 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Spiritual Exercises and Daily Examen in addition to the founder of the Jesuits.

  186. Marney's Gravatar Marney
    May 7, 2015 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    St. Elizabeth of Hungary
    Pauli Murray

  187. Tobu's Gravatar Tobu
    May 7, 2015 - 2:16 pm | Permalink

    My nomination goes to Pandita Ramabai, champion of women’s education and emancipation in 19th century India. Her work improved the lives of Indian widows, child brides, temple prostitutes, and outcasts, among others, and brought the light of learning to untold numbers of women and girls. She was a traveler, a teacher, a poet, a scholar, a single mother, and a tireless social reformer, and is honored as a saint by the Episcopal Church.

    I also submit for your consideration St. Marina the Monk, who entered a monastery to study alongside her father in boy’s clothing. When a local innkeeper’s daughter named her as “father” of her child, “Brother” Marina lovingly raised the baby as her own, despite the harsh censure of her fellow monastic brothers. Her story is honored by Coptic Orthodox and Maronite Catholics.

  188. Brother Lawrence Damien's Gravatar Brother Lawrence Damien
    May 7, 2015 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Mother Antonia who did a great work in the prisons of Tijuana BC Mexico as well as among Hispanics in San Diego CA. Enclosed find a biography of her. More info on her can be found on the internet.

    Mother Antonia was born Mary Clarke on December 1, 1926, to Joseph Clarke and Kathleen Mary Clarke. She was married and divorced twice, and had seven children, living in Beverly Hills, California.[1] She has said that in 1969 she had a dream that she was a prisoner at Calvary and about to be executed, when Jesus appeared to her and offered to take her place. She refused his offer, touched him on the cheek, and told him she would never leave him, no matter what happens to her. At some point in the 1970s, she chose to devote her life to the Church, in part because of this dream.[1] As an older, divorced woman, Clarke was banned by church rules from joining any religious order, so she went about her work on her own. She founded an order for those in her situation: the Servants of the Eleventh Hour.[2] The Church has since blessed her mission and, on September 25, 2009, she received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, presented at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.[2]

    In addition to her normal work involving the prisoners, she negotiated an end to a riot.[1][3] She also persuaded the jail administrators to discontinue prisoner incarceration in substandard cells known as the tumbas (tomb)s.[1]

    The road outside the jail, known until recently as “Los Pollos” (“The Chickens”), was renamed in November 2007 to “Madre Antonia” in her honor.[1]

    She is profiled in the book The Prison Angel, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.

    In 2010, Estudio Frontera released a DVD documentary on Mother Antonia’s life, La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Produced and written by Jody Hammond, photographed and edited by Ronn Kilby, and narrated by Susan Sarandon, the film took five years to make.[4]

    Mother Antonia died on October 17, 2013 at the age of 86 at her Tijuana home. She had recently been in declining health.[5][6]
    Thank you for your consideration of her

    Brother Lawrence Damien CoS
    Community of Solitude

  189. rev.michael forshaw's Gravatar rev.michael forshaw
    May 7, 2015 - 2:34 pm | Permalink


  190. Nolan McBride's Gravatar Nolan McBride
    May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    From my own denomination I nominate Ted Studebaker and John Kline. Ted Studebaker was a Christian Pacifist who was drafted for the Vietnam War. He chose to go to Vietnam as an agricultural worker rather than a soldier, and sent two years working with the people of the village of Di Linh. While there he fell in love with and married fellow mission worker Pakdy, a Chinese girl from Hong Kong. One week after their wedding he was murdered by the Vietcong. John Kline lived in Virginia during the American Civil War. He was vehemently opposed to slavery as a moral evil and the only person in his county who voted against succession from the union. He refused to let the war get in the way of his duties as both an Elder of the Church of the Brethren (the called the German Baptist Brethren) and a doctor. He was martyred while riding home from a missionary journey, probably by his own neighbors who suspected him of being a spy. I also nominate Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, a Roman Catholic family man who was martyred for his refusal to join the Nazi army during World War II.

  191. May 7, 2015 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer and lay leader who was beheaded by the Nazis after spending months in prison for refusing to serve in the military.

  192. Sharon's Gravatar Sharon
    May 7, 2015 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St Laurence for his awesome stick-it-to-em attitude both in presenting the wealth and his famous last words.

  193. Lucretia's Gravatar Lucretia
    May 7, 2015 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Desmund Tutu for his untiring work of reconciliation and peace!

  194. Amanda Prince's Gravatar Amanda Prince
    May 7, 2015 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Dymphna, patron saint of “the nervous, emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, and those who suffer neurological disorders – and, consequently, of psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. She is also the patron saint of victims of incest” (per Wikipedia, at least.) She is under-celebrated and under-acknowledged!

    • Amanda Prince's Gravatar Amanda Prince
      May 7, 2015 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

      …and it is ok that she’s only venerated by the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches? I will be very sad if that disqualifies her.

      • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
        May 8, 2015 - 10:50 am | Permalink

        From Tim’s original post, above:
        Also, please note that the saints you nominate should be in the sanctoral calendar of one or more churches. We’re open minded. To a point.

        Catholic and Eastern Orthodox veneration is perfectly acceptable under the Supreme Executive Committee’s rules for Lent Madness consideration. Worry not!

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 10, 2015 - 9:24 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for introducing me to Dymphna. Her feast day is May 15, I may be sending a few anxieties her way!

  195. Millie Ericson's Gravatar Millie Ericson
    May 7, 2015 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    St. Aristobulus, recently mentioned in a 50 Days of Fabulous meditation! His story is fascinating. Imagine being one of the 72 disciples sent forth by Jesus, possibly related to the Zebedees and Joseph of Arimathea who winds up in Roman Britain in 37 AD. Then subsequently becomes a bishop and founds the community at Glastonbury. I can’t think of a better candidate!

  196. Daniel's Gravatar Daniel
    May 7, 2015 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    The 14th century is full of candidates. I nominate the 14th century French mystic Marguerite Porete, who inspired Meister Eckhart, but had a much more tragic end. Also the great English mystics Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton and even the anonymous author of the Cloud of Unknowing.

  197. Bill Ericson's Gravatar Bill Ericson
    May 7, 2015 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Charles Simeon of Cambridge.

  198. Mary M Ferry's Gravatar Mary M Ferry
    May 7, 2015 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I second Bindy Snyder’s nomination of Constance and her Companions (Martyrs of Memphis). I graduated from St.Mary’s Episcopal School in Peekskill, N.Y. and live in New Orleans, LA that’s had its own run-ins with yellow fever.

  199. May 7, 2015 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Jeanne d’Arc

    That’s my trifecta.

    • S's Gravatar S
      May 7, 2015 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

      I second Joan of Arc. She was an amazing character. Mark Twain wrote a major work about her, even though he wasn’t even religious.

  200. James Oppenheimer's Gravatar James Oppenheimer
    May 7, 2015 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I support the martyr for the dignity of the working man and woman, the man murdered because he stood against the company bosses.

    Joel Emmanuel Hägglund

    Better known as
    Joe Hill

    Unlike many of the lesser saints, he has his own song, and his own psalmists:

  201. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    May 7, 2015 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Don’t know if he is elligble but I’d like to nominate Mahatma Gandhi.

  202. Alex Sherrill's Gravatar Alex Sherrill
    May 7, 2015 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I would think Jesus of Nazareth would be on the disqualification list. I mean who would vote against that guy.

  203. Mardi's Gravatar Mardi
    May 7, 2015 - 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Saint Patrick. If you have ever read HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION, you will know why. St. Francis of Assisi patterned himself after St. Patrick.

  204. May 7, 2015 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    St. Monica of Hippo (Mother of Augustine of Hippo)

  205. Londa Clark's Gravatar Londa Clark
    May 7, 2015 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Fred Rogers who taught me more about being a “neighbor” and how to treat my “neighbors” than all the Sunday School combined!

    “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
    ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

    “It’s the people we love the most who can make us feel the gladdest … and the maddest! Love and anger are such a puzzle!”
    ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

    • Laura's Gravatar Laura
      May 7, 2015 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

      I second the nomination. Aye!

  206. Doris McLallen's Gravatar Doris McLallen
    May 7, 2015 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    St. Raphael, powerful Archangel — one of the seven who stand eternally before the very throne of God. “St. Raphael’s efficacious intercession obtains healing of body and soul, brings potential spouses together , safeguards travelers and instills peace and joy into troubled hearts.”

  207. S's Gravatar S
    May 7, 2015 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I second Ellen’s nomination of JOAN OF ARC, Savior of France.
    If you think she’s not worthy (as I would have thought earlier), then read Mark Twain’s account of her life, as I did. My mind was certainly changed.

    • S's Gravatar S
      May 7, 2015 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I would also like to second the nomination of John Paul II. I recently went to his shrine in D.C. and was moved almost to tears by his love, faith, and forgiveness to the man who shot him.

  208. Sally Duernberger's Gravatar Sally Duernberger
    May 7, 2015 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners. Too many who garden place statues of St. Francis (no offense intended) in their gardens when they really should be honoring St.Fiacre.

    • Sally from Magnolia's Gravatar Sally from Magnolia
      May 11, 2015 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

      I made the same nomination before reading your post. We obviously love gardening and St. Fiacre, in addition to sharing the same name. In spite of his being misogynistic–as any proper medieval monk was supposed to be–he seems pretty wonderful.

  209. bob harris's Gravatar bob harris
    May 7, 2015 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St Thomas Aquinas, whose Summa Theologica is the most complete and readable writing of all that we believe.

  210. Jocelyn Bell's Gravatar Jocelyn Bell
    May 7, 2015 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Harriett Starr Cannon – very appropriate since to day is “her” day
    Kateri Tekawitha

  211. Florence Krejci's Gravatar Florence Krejci
    May 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate John Eliot, “Apostle to the Indians,” who translated the Bible into Mohawk for the residents of the Indian Towns of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. According to Wikipedia (dare I trust it?), the Episcopal Church celebrates him on May 21.

    Should anyone wonder how I know of such an obscure gentleman, I am a native of Natick, one of those Indian Towns. In Eliot’s time, I could not have lived there, as all with property rights were required to be Native Americans. All Natick schoolchildren of my generation learned about the Natick Bible, with one of the few remaining copies in the library of South Natick, on the Charles River.

  212. Denise's Gravatar Denise
    May 7, 2015 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Claire. Not only did she sneak out a window to join up with her buddy, Francis, but encouraged her sister Agnes to likewise run away from the family home. Also, though I don’t know why….she’s the Patron Saint of Technology! Appropriate that I nominate her via my computer!

  213. lucia's Gravatar lucia
    May 7, 2015 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Please consider these two saints – St. Lucia and St. Aphrodesius.

  214. Kenneth Cook's Gravatar Kenneth Cook
    May 7, 2015 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Please consider: Adoniram Judson/Walter Rausenbusch/Roger William and Anne Hutchinson

  215. Kevin's Gravatar Kevin
    May 7, 2015 - 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Bayard Rustin
    Pauli Murray
    Vida Scudder
    Sts. Sergius and Bacchus
    Mychal Judge
    Phebe Ann Coffin
    All Saints

  216. Marcia's Gravatar Marcia
    May 7, 2015 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate James Lloyd Breck, one of the founders of Nashotah House.
    I would also like to nominate Julian of Norwich.

  217. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 7, 2015 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Worthy of consideration:
    Thurgood Marshall
    Thomas Tallis

  218. Virginia Kroeber's Gravatar Virginia Kroeber
    May 7, 2015 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

    On behalf of our Tuesday night Healing Service parishioners, especially Ms. Betty, we would like to nominate: Frances Jane (Fanny) Van Alstyne Crosby. See Holy Women, Holy Men, February 11, pp. 216-217.

  219. Ann H's Gravatar Ann H
    May 7, 2015 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Michael, Archangel

  220. Lyle's Gravatar Lyle
    May 7, 2015 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

    1. Aekaterina (St. Katherine of Alexandria)
    2. St. Roch
    3. St. Expeditus
    4. St. Quiteria
    5. St. Mary of Prompt Succor
    6. St. Robert
    7. St. Philomena
    8. St. Sarah
    9. St. Rachael
    10. St. Valerian

  221. Kris Hatch's Gravatar Kris Hatch
    May 7, 2015 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Nelson Mandela

    • Jeanneane Keene's Gravatar Jeanneane Keene
      May 7, 2015 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

      I nominate Florence Nightingale. She was put on the Lesser Feasts and List about 2-3 years ago.

  222. Sandi's Gravatar Sandi
    May 7, 2015 - 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I nominate the following:
    Kentigern (or Mungo) – died 614, patron of saint of salmon (read the story and find out about the bird, the tree, the bell and the fish) and Glasgow
    Columbanus – died 615, patron saint of motorcycles (really?), Irish missionary, founded a number of monasteries on the European continent, has more extant writings than most other Celtic saints
    James Solomon Russell – born into slavery on a plantation in VA, later was the first student in the Bishop Payne Divinity School, ordained a deacon in 1882, a priest in 1887, founded St. Paul’s Church and later St. Paul’s College.

  223. Cheryl Waechter's Gravatar Cheryl Waechter
    May 7, 2015 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    How about Mr. Rogers? He was a Presbyterian minister and shared a lot of life’s wisdom with my kids when they were little.

  224. Anna's Gravatar Anna
    May 7, 2015 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Adoniram Judson. He is an exemplary model of evangelism of the 19th century.

  225. Janet Nicholas's Gravatar Janet Nicholas
    May 7, 2015 - 6:53 pm | Permalink


  226. Robert Coates's Gravatar Robert Coates
    May 7, 2015 - 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I nominate John Coleridge Patteson, first Bishop of the Church of Melanesia and martyr.

  227. Julia Annas's Gravatar Julia Annas
    May 7, 2015 - 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich
    Hugh of Lincoln
    Clement of Alexandria

    • meg p's Gravatar meg p
      May 7, 2015 - 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Julian of Norwich
      Therese of Lisieux
      St Bernadette
      John of the Cross
      Mother Theresa
      St Maryanne Cope and St Fr Damian de Vesteur (sp) of Molokai
      St Pope John XIII
      Thomas Merton
      John Duns Scotus
      St Paul
      Gerard Manley Hopkins
      Jacopone da Todi
      Catherine of Siena
      Simone Weil
      Robert Lax
      Kateri Tekakwitha
      Oscar Romero
      Abraham Lincoln
      thank you~

  228. Maria Hassanin's Gravatar Maria Hassanin
    May 7, 2015 - 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Nominating St. Bernadette of Lourdes, France: Patron saint of poverty, bodily illness and people persecuted for their religion/beliefs.

  229. Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
    May 7, 2015 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    St. Barnabas
    St. Stephen
    Yona Kanamuzeyi, Deacon and Martyr in Africa, 1964
    Manche Masemola of Sekhukhuneland, Virgin and Martyr, 1928
    Maqhamusela Khanyile of Zululand, Martyr, 1877
    Boniface, Bishop and Martyr in Germany, c.755
    Columba of Iona, Missionary in Scotland, 597
    Thomas More, Martyr, 1535
    William Wilberforce, Philanthropist, 1833
    William Tyndale, Priest and Martyr, 1536
    Francis Xavier, Priest and Missionary to the East, 1552

  230. Meggan Conway's Gravatar Meggan Conway
    May 7, 2015 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    St. Jerome

  231. Leo's Gravatar Leo
    May 7, 2015 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

    St. Boniface – raised as a Roman Catholic, my childhood was spent at St. Boniface our parish. This past year I have come to really appreciate the church which has since merged with other parishes and changed names . Boniface was a prominent saint in Germany.
    St. Anne – Grandmother of Jesus (nuff said) and also in honor of my Aunt Ann who turns 100 on Mother’s Day 5/10/2015.
    Florence Nightingale – because the world will always need great nurses
    St. Thomas the apostle – I am so much the “doubting Thomas” in parts of my life

  232. Gladys's Gravatar Gladys
    May 7, 2015 - 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) – September 18th on ECLA calendar. UN Secretary General who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after his death in a mysterious plane crash while on his way to a peace-making mission in 1961. In 1963 “Markings”, a journal of his spiritual life was published and became a best-seller. Hammarskjold called it “A sort of white book concerning my negotiations with myself — and with God.” Excerpts of “Markings” can be found at

    I also nominate Catherine McAuley (1778-1841), Irish heiress who used her fortune to build a house where she and other compassionate women could take in homeless women and children to provide care and an education for them in Dublin. She eventually founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831, now an international order.

  233. Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
    May 7, 2015 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Dunstan, patron saint of blacksmiths, musicians, and my little parish in Atlanta. He was an amazing man!

  234. Eva Calcagno's Gravatar Eva Calcagno
    May 7, 2015 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Please include St. Barnabas

  235. Corey's Gravatar Corey
    May 7, 2015 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Vincent de Paul. So much more than thrift stores. His story and spirituality is an inspiration.

    Julie Billiart. Survived the French revolution, founded the Sisters of Mount Notre Dame de Namur, focused on education for the poor, known as the Smiling Saint.

  236. May 7, 2015 - 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Fr. Damian of Molokai
    Mother Mary MacKillop (aka St. Mary of the Cross)
    Nicholas of Myra
    Cecil Frances Alexander
    William Wilberforce

  237. May 7, 2015 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

    One more …. I’ll add my voice to those suggesting Fred Rogers.

  238. Ben's Gravatar Ben
    May 7, 2015 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Dame Julian of Norwich.

  239. William L Bulson's Gravatar William L Bulson
    May 7, 2015 - 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Kagawa Toyohiko
    HWHM, p. 340

    • pHil's Gravatar pHil
      May 11, 2015 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Here, here! Theologian, Poet, Novelist, Pacifist, Labor Union organizer, mystic, and the patron saint of inclement weather!

  240. vikki hoy's Gravatar vikki hoy
    May 7, 2015 - 11:50 pm | Permalink


  241. Lorenzo in LA's Gravatar Lorenzo in LA
    May 8, 2015 - 12:18 am | Permalink

    Oscar Romero
    Juan Diego

  242. sf's Gravatar sf
    May 8, 2015 - 1:43 am | Permalink

    Blessed Astonishing Christina because, well, she’s astonishing . . . and silly.

  243. May 8, 2015 - 3:14 am | Permalink

    Oscar Romero, Padre Pio, St. Rose of Lima, San Martin de Porres.

  244. Ellen Gracie's Gravatar Ellen Gracie
    May 8, 2015 - 6:12 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see my gal Julian of Norwich in the list.

  245. Corey's Gravatar Corey
    May 8, 2015 - 7:19 am | Permalink

    And Raymond Nonnatus, because my wife loves Call the Midwife.

  246. Liz McCarthy's Gravatar Liz McCarthy
    May 8, 2015 - 7:38 am | Permalink

    I nominate St Blase (Blaise), 4th Century Bishop of Dubrovnik, known for his miraculous cures of throat ailments and his ability to cure animals of illness. Legend says he was martyred by the Romans. They located the cave in which he had taken shelter because the many animals he cared for were lurking outside.

  247. Wilson Anthony's Gravatar Wilson Anthony
    May 8, 2015 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    André Bessette, (9 August 1845 – 6 January 1937), more commonly known as Brother André, and since his canonization as St. André of Montreal, was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure of the Roman Catholic Church among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings. He was declared venerable in 1978 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Pope Benedict XVI approved the decree of sainthood for Blessed André on February 19, 2010, with the formal canonization taking place on October 17, 2010.

  248. Wilson Anthony's Gravatar Wilson Anthony
    May 8, 2015 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    Oh, and Julian of Norwich.

  249. Fiona Haworth's Gravatar Fiona Haworth
    May 8, 2015 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    St Columba – who still inspires the Iona Community to send people out to carry the word of the gospel to every creature.
    Eglantine Jebb – remembered in the C of E calendar on 17th December. She trained as a teacher, discovered she couldn’t stand the ‘little wretches’ and went on to found Save the Children in response to the plight of refugees in the First World War. She then fought for the rights of the child to be recognised through her Children’s Charter which is the basis on the UN Rights of the Child. Plus she has such a great name
    Anselm of Canterbury
    Julian of Norwich

  250. Elyse Moore's Gravatar Elyse Moore
    May 8, 2015 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    I nominate the incomparable Christina Georgina Rossetti, nineteenth-century poet of religious symbolism.

  251. May 8, 2015 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    Okay guys- you say you want someone either ancient or modern- how about someone immortal, as in NOT mortal or even human? St. Gabriel! When we suggested him/her last year, you had the audacity to put Gabe up for early voting against the almighty unbeatable Francis at the National Episcopal Youth event! Guess what happened! We think our beloved Angel-in- residence deserves a second shot without Francis in the running. Let’s do this right for 2016—-remember, Gabriel has Mary’s ear…..

  252. Sally's Gravatar Sally
    May 8, 2015 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    Dame Julian of Norwich…for her beautiful writings on God’s eternal love and her famous “showing”: “I can make all things well; I will make all things well; I shall make all things well; and thou canst see for thyself that all manner of things shall be well.”

  253. Leon Spencer's Gravatar Leon Spencer
    May 8, 2015 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Carantoc. I had never heard of him until I was asked to preach and celebrate on his feast day at St. Carantoc’s Anglican Church in Francistown, Botswana, several years ago. Anyone who puts a stone cross on a boat and is surprised the boat sinks and then sees this as a call to build a church nearby deserves to be in this competition!

  254. May 8, 2015 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    I greatly enjoyed participating this year and regularly updating my colleagues about wins and losses. All of us regretted the failure of Hildegard to make it out of the first round so you will see that she is back on our list. I was extremely pleased with the ultimate winner as his saint day is my birthday, hence a natural affinity!

  255. May 8, 2015 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    I failed to make nominations before I posted my comment. Nominations are:
    HIldegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Brandenburg, Marguerite Porete, Evelyn Underhill, George McDonald, Meister Eckhart, Julean of Norwich, St. Augustine, John XXIII, Pope Francis, Jimmy Carter, St. Alquin, Sir Thomas More

  256. Kathleen Sheehy's Gravatar Kathleen Sheehy
    May 8, 2015 - 9:53 am | Permalink
  257. Betsey's Gravatar Betsey
    May 8, 2015 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    Saint Botolph, patron saint of wayfarers and travelers .. discovered when I was traveling ..
    Richard Hooker .. the theologian not MASH author
    Julian of Norwich .. seen her name on some prayer memes I like
    St Columba .. Iona is still on my bucket list
    Thomas Becket .. devote yourself to a new job and it’s not appreciated
    John Bunyan .. not related to Paul .. I know his famous work’s title – The Pilgrim’s Progress – from its inclusion in Little Women, but nothing about him

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      May 8, 2015 - 11:20 am | Permalink

      St. Botolph indeed! I was christened at St. Botolph’s in the village of Chevening, county of Kent.

  258. Ellen Morell's Gravatar Ellen Morell
    May 8, 2015 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    I suggest Ann Hutchinson who was accused of heresy because she (a mere woman) dared to lead a bible study and some men (gasp) attended. One of the first settlers and one of the first truly independent thinkers of this country.

  259. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 8, 2015 - 11:41 am | Permalink


  260. Brian J. Henry's Gravatar Brian J. Henry
    May 8, 2015 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Paul Jones
    William Temple
    Dorothy Day
    John Cassian
    Augustine of Hippo
    Isaac of Nineveh
    Mark the Evangelist

    And, I would love to see William Stringfellow, who has been put forth in Great Cloud of Witnesses as someone who should be held in the churches memory as someone “worthy of commemoration” despite not meeting the “reasonable passage of time” guideline yet.

  261. Anne Auchincloss's Gravatar Anne Auchincloss
    May 8, 2015 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Genesius of Rome, patron saint of actors, comedians, converts, dancers, musicians, and sundry non-creative types including lawyers and stenographers (go figure!). His on-stage conversion to Christianity so enraged Diocletian that he ordered him dragged from the stage, tortured and ultimately beheaded for his refused to denounce his new faith.

  262. Nancy Temple Jerome's Gravatar Nancy Temple Jerome
    May 8, 2015 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Ignatius of Antioch!- first Bishop of Antioch, Apostolic Father, writer of Epistles, martyr
    Brother Lawrence (Practice of the presence of God)
    Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
    Julian of Norwich

  263. Dixi Edward Snider, Jr.'s Gravatar Dixi Edward Snider, Jr.
    May 8, 2015 - 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Anthony Benezet (1713-1784). The American historian Garry Wills says Benezet is “the one unquestionably authentic American saint”. He was born in France but moved at age 18 with his family to Philadelphia. Benezet is not well known now but in his day he was influential in the American colonies, Europe, and the Caribbean. He was described as a short, ugly, humble school teacher. But he was formidable when advocating for all disenfranchised groups such as blacks, women, Indians, and Acadians. He started schools for blacks and women – in the 1700s in America!!! He petitioned the state assembly to allow Acadians, who had been kicked out of Nova Scotia, to enter the city. He climbed aboard vessels in the harbor to care for Acadians (he and spoke Acadian). .He took the Acadian girls into his girls’ school. Not only did he advocate for disenfranchised groups, he befriended them and raised funds to help them. He was a tireless opponent of slavery who influenced and equipped many notable people of his time to oppose slavery (although he was unable to convince Anglicans to give up their interpretation of the Bible which was that the Bible endorsed slavery). John Wesley borrowed heavily from Benezet’s writings is crafting his own arguments against slavery. Benezet’s arguments against slavery were widely distributed in Europe and the Caribbean and he personally petitioned the English government to stop the slave trade. His works on slavery were translated into French and German. Benezet intervened multiple times on behalf of the American Indians. He went to peace conferences and got support for treaties. He attacked the Pennsylvania Assembly when it offered rewards for Indian scalps. Like other saints before him, on his deathbed he lamented his lack of achievement saying, “I am dying, and feel ashamed to meet the face of my Master. I have done so little in his cause.”

  264. Dana's Gravatar Dana
    May 8, 2015 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Our Thursday Eucharist Group nominates Sarah Joseph Buell Hale (pg. 352 in Holy Women, Holy Men.) We found her story most edifying and inspiring.

  265. Lindy's Gravatar Lindy
    May 8, 2015 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I most humbly thank the committee for this gracious season of open nominations and place before your holinesses the name of a most excellent and saintly candidate:

    Saint Expedito

    Expedito is truly a saint for our times, helping with those last minute deadlines or to smooth the way for complex calendars. By relieving our schedules of 21st century stress, this second century Armenian martyr may help us reclaim the leisure required for love to flourish.

    You can read all about him here:

  266. Barbi Click's Gravatar Barbi Click
    May 8, 2015 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Having never done this before, I humbly nominate Saint Expedito.
    Thank you!

  267. May 8, 2015 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Here is my holy trinity of saintly nominations: St. Bernadette, St. Vincent de Paul, & St. Lucy (aka St. Lucia.) It took quite an effort to limit myself to only three this year. Oh wait, a fourth! With Julian of Norwich I negate my trinity.

  268. Sr. Patricia Angela's Gravatar Sr. Patricia Angela
    May 8, 2015 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    To: The Supreme Executive Council
    From: Sr. Patricia Angela Jones, AF

    I nominate Padre Junipero Serra for the 2016 brackets. He was beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul II and will be canonized this Fall by Pope Francis when he makes his visit to the U.S. Serra was an 18th century Spanish Franciscan friar. He was sent as a missionary to a province of New Spain called Alta California.

    Let’s take an imaginary trip together and see his legacy. We’ll start in San Diego, near the Mexican border; our trip will end in San Francisco. It can be driven in two days, but we’ll take longer because we’ll stop at each of the 21 missions he founded. We’ll admire the Spanish colonial architecture with its tile roofs, patios and cloisters. The sanctuaries will be an amazing sight, with art created by Native American converts depicting Bible stories and the life of Christ. But we’ll be quiet—at any time of day there will be worshipers engaged in prayer. These are still active parish churches, many with schools attached. They have been ministering to the faithful for over 200 years.

    The mission grounds also serve as museums showing life in early California. The tanneries, olive presses, and other equipment are still there. Each of them has a cemetery where the Friars are buried, along with their Indian converts and early families who settled the ranchos of California.

    Each one has a gift shop which abounds in Padre Serra kitsch, should our Friar make it to that level. And serious religious art, books, rosaries, and CDs of music composed by the mission Indians.

    It will take us several days to visit all 21, stopping frequently. The missions are located about 30 miles apart, a day’s journey on foot. The road establish by Pdre Serra was known as El Camino Real—the King’s Highway. We know it today as the Pacific Coast highway. The scenery will be spectacular. The highway was the major north-south artery until the Interstate system came into being in the 1950s. We will pass through cities that group up around these missions—San Diego, San Gabriel, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara and a host more.

    In his announcement of Padre Serra’s canonization he made a statement something to the effect that Serra was one of the U.S.’s founding fathers. So there’s a quote if he makes it to that bracket.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Native Americans are less than thrilled about his impending sainthood. They blame him for the loss of indigenous culture and language here in California, and because of their enforced labor on mission lands. It’s a touchy thing, judging another age by our standards.

    Still, I think Padre Serra needs to be better known outside of California, and deserves a chance at the Golden Halo.

    Sr. Patricia Angela, AF

  269. ceilr's Gravatar ceilr
    May 8, 2015 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Patrick. At our church, we are reading Thomas Cahill’s book, “How the Irish Saved Civilization. In it are many things about St. Patrick that I did not know. He was a fascinating man!

  270. Ben's Gravatar Ben
    May 8, 2015 - 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Two nominations if I might. First, a favorite ancient saint: St. Seraphim. Second, a bit of a stretch perhaps, but as a Notre Dame grad I can’t not nominate Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC.

  271. Louise's Gravatar Louise
    May 8, 2015 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Lady Julian of Norwich. “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
    Ignatius of Loyola. “Teach us to give and not to count the cost.”
    Sure winners!

  272. Jill Cox's Gravatar Jill Cox
    May 8, 2015 - 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I nominate John Muir. “that generations to come may also lie down to rest among the pines and rise refreshed for their work..”

  273. Kelsey S.'s Gravatar Kelsey S.
    May 8, 2015 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Benedict Joseph Labre
    St. Vincent de Paul
    Catherine McAuley
    Raymond Nonnatus
    Julie Billiard

  274. Kelsey S.'s Gravatar Kelsey S.
    May 8, 2015 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Thea Bowman
    St. Martin de Porres

  275. Julia Taylor's Gravatar Julia Taylor
    May 8, 2015 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Damien of Molokai – from Belgium to Hawaii to leper colony to death from leprosy to canonization by the Roman church in 2009

  276. May 8, 2015 - 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Just ran across a couple of saints from the Celtic tradition that I’d like to nominate:
    St. Canaire
    St. Aidan of Lindisfarne

  277. Maureen O'Brien's Gravatar Maureen O'Brien
    May 9, 2015 - 12:00 am | Permalink

    Saint Guinefort, the holy greyhound

  278. William Swaney's Gravatar William Swaney
    May 9, 2015 - 12:09 am | Permalink

    I nominate Jonathan Myrick Daniels (March 20, 1939 – August 20, 1965) who was an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist. He was murdered in Hayneville, Alabama, when he saved a young woman activist, while they were working on the Civil Rights Movement in Lowndes County. His death generated support for the Civil Rights Movement. In 1991, Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church and is recognized annually on August 14.[1][2] He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues

  279. Beverlee Waters's Gravatar Beverlee Waters
    May 9, 2015 - 12:13 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see St. Hilary on the list for next year. I was pleasantly surprised to see how far Kamehameha IV made it this year . Coming from Hawaii it was great to see someone we learned about in 4th grade history considered a “saint”. This also includes Emma from a previous year. Mahalo.

    • May 9, 2015 - 5:29 am | Permalink

      And a number of us have nominated a person who, while originating elsewhere, is strongly associated with Hawaii, Father Damian of Molokai.

  280. Jen Ochsner's Gravatar Jen Ochsner
    May 9, 2015 - 12:26 am | Permalink

    St. Hilary……….Booker T Washington

  281. May 9, 2015 - 1:13 am | Permalink

    Apparently two Saints I have worked with want back in the game. Therefore, I wish to Nominate Thomas Cranmer and St. John Chrysostom!

    • Linda from St. Ed's's Gravatar Linda from St. Ed's
      May 9, 2015 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Yes! But I suppose that would disqualify them from providing the commentary…?

  282. Ray's Gravatar Ray
    May 9, 2015 - 6:56 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait Lent to begin again. I nominate St. Jude.

  283. Frances Hooton's Gravatar Frances Hooton
    May 9, 2015 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I nominate… Jeanne Marie Gunyon
    Roman Catholic
    Prolific writer still in print

  284. Richard Hooton's Gravatar Richard Hooton
    May 9, 2015 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I would offer two very different possibilities for the 2016 brackets: Brother Lawrence and/or Fyodor Dostoevsky. Let the smackdown begin!

  285. Brenda McH's Gravatar Brenda McH
    May 9, 2015 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

    The Left Coast is grossly underrepresented. I suggest Cesar Chavez, leader of farm workers. And there is Fr. Junipero Serra, currently proposed by Pope Francis for sainthood, but who has become a controversial figure, despite his establishment of missions all along the California coast.

  286. sm's Gravatar sm
    May 9, 2015 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Dunstan.

  287. vikki hoy's Gravatar vikki hoy
    May 9, 2015 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    St anthony of padua

  288. Patrice's Gravatar Patrice
    May 9, 2015 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I nominate the Bishop John Melville Burgess.

  289. Jean Abbe's Gravatar Jean Abbe
    May 9, 2015 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    John Mason Neale and Catherine Winkworth, hymn translators

  290. Erica Fleming's Gravatar Erica Fleming
    May 10, 2015 - 12:02 am | Permalink

    I second St.anthony of Padua, finder of lost objects. I also nominate St. Martin De Porres, saint of the new world, biracial and champion of the poor in Peru, and St. Louise de Merillac, patron of social workers.

  291. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    May 10, 2015 - 12:39 am | Permalink

    I nominate St Expeditus — a saint for busy people want things done now.

  292. Robin's Gravatar Robin
    May 10, 2015 - 7:27 am | Permalink

    As a graduate of St. Andrews University (Scotland County, NC!), got to go with St. Andrew. And I don’t know if he’s eligible, but George Fox? Best friend is Quaker and the pacifist ways have had a great influence on me.

  293. Kathy Puffer's Gravatar Kathy Puffer
    May 10, 2015 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Hilary!

  294. Ray Puffer's Gravatar Ray Puffer
    May 10, 2015 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    My nomination is St. Hilary.

  295. May 10, 2015 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    St. Alban

  296. Jen Stoudenmire's Gravatar Jen Stoudenmire
    May 10, 2015 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

    St. Herman of Alaska

  297. Beverley Ridpath's Gravatar Beverley Ridpath
    May 10, 2015 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I would like to suggest Henry David Thoreau – not a church man I know but his writings on civil disobedience inspired a lot of people and movements to work for justice and freedom. He also wrote about the importance and spirituality of the natural world and in these days of climate change, pollution and general planetary abuse, we could use a little of his wisdom and foresight. We could also use some of his scientific curiosity and persistence in mining for the truth. He may be a hair shirt of a man but perhaps it comes with the saintly territory!

  298. May 11, 2015 - 7:25 am | Permalink

    Christina Rossetti
    John Donne
    Gregory of Nazanius
    Thomas Aquinas

  299. Pat's Gravatar Pat
    May 11, 2015 - 7:44 am | Permalink

    As a chaplain who works with oncology patients, I would like to nominate St. Peregrine, one of the truly little known saints, who was healed of cancer himself and is now the patron saint of cancer patients.
    I’m glad as well to join in nominating Julian of Norwich. Her words have provided hope and consolation to many of my patients.
    And delighted to see that several others are also suggesting Fred Rogers!

  300. Larry Lawson's Gravatar Larry Lawson
    May 11, 2015 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate John Woolman, Quaker preacher (1720-1772). He was an early abolitionist and traveled through the frontier areas of British North America advocating against slavery and economic injustice. His journal his been consistently in print since 1774.

  301. Maribeth's Gravatar Maribeth
    May 11, 2015 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    I second (or third or fourth…) the nomination of Julian of Norwich. I was powerfully reminded on her recent feast day that our remembrance that “all manner of things will be well” is a call to the Holy Spirit that never fails.

  302. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    May 11, 2015 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    I submit these for a friend:

    Blessed Catherine McAuley (wild west hospital pioneer)
    St. Hildegund of Schonau (aka Br. Joseph)
    St. Drogo (patron of coffee)
    St. Anthony the Great (solitary)
    Bill W. (12-step)
    Albert Schweitzer
    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
    HRM Elizabeth I
    HRM Henry VIII (for the break with Rome NOT for spousal abuse)

    • Isabel Stanley's Gravatar Isabel Stanley
      May 12, 2015 - 8:21 am | Permalink

      Henry VIII–killing two wives certainly does qualify as spousal abuse.

  303. George's Gravatar George
    May 11, 2015 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Fr. George LeMaitre who was the 1st to postulate the Big Bang theory & an expanding creation/universe.

  304. George's Gravatar George
    May 11, 2015 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Teilhard De Chardin. Mainly because the Roman church will never agree to sainthood for him.

    • James Sliney's Gravatar James Sliney
      May 12, 2015 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

      I agree with nominating Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, because he provided us with a unifying vision of our universe for the 21st Century, but integrated with our faith tradition. I tried to nominate him earlier, but I have not found my entry, so I second your entry, George.

  305. Sally from Magnolia's Gravatar Sally from Magnolia
    May 11, 2015 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    St. Fiacre, not because he would win the Golden Halo, but because he would be so much fun. Great statues. A following of devoted gardeners.

  306. May 11, 2015 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I would once again like to put forth the name of Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles and 17 other Wesleys. Her profound influence of the lives of her sons John and Charles had a direct impact on the Methodist movement. She also was a formidable force in her own right, not only bearing 19 children with Samuel Wesley, but keeping Samuel’s parish going when he was in and out of debtor’s prison (no Financial Peace University at that time). One might argue that if it weren’t for Susanna, there would be no Methodism.

  307. May 11, 2015 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Joseph of Arimathea
    Alcuin of Tours
    G. K. Chesterton
    Evelyn Underhill
    Laurence of Rome
    Junius & Andronicus
    Fred Rogers

  308. Oliver-- Sevevn Years OLd's Gravatar Oliver-- Sevevn Years OLd
    May 11, 2015 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Catherine of Siena because she made April and she was beautiful and wrote lovely letters.

  309. Oliver-- Sevevn Years OLd's Gravatar Oliver-- Sevevn Years OLd
    May 11, 2015 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Elizabeth Portugal because she was a Queen and peace.

    • Jennifer R's Gravatar Jennifer R
      May 11, 2015 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Great choices Oliver! You make me proud!

      • karen's Gravatar karen
        May 11, 2015 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, Jennifer, for helping us (Oliver) with the details of his selections. We were in Saint Margaret’s chapel today (unfortunately more a tourist site without a moment for pray though Oliver managed), and hopefully able to visit the Isle of Iona tomorrow to pay homage to St. Columba.

        • Jennifer R's Gravatar Jennifer R
          May 12, 2015 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

          I was glad to help! How disappointing that St. Margaret’s Chapel does not provide time to pray. I don’t think she would not be happy about that since I have read that prayer was very important to her. But I think she would be very pleased that Oliver found a way since that is something she would have done herself. I hope you bring back pictures. I can’t wait to hear all about the places you visited in Scotland! I nominated St. Columba since he was a favorite of several of our Godly Play students. (Although I think many were influenced by Oliver!)

  310. Ken Ross's Gravatar Ken Ross
    May 11, 2015 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Surely St. Barnabas, Son of Encouragement, deserves nomination for the next round of 32.

  311. Isabel Stanley's Gravatar Isabel Stanley
    May 11, 2015 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Frideswide, the patron saint of the city of Oxford and the university. In the seventh century she founded a convent despite the violent opposition of a local warlord who wanted to marry her by force. She had to flee with her sisters for her life and even took refuge in a pig sty. She represents the many women of the period who wanted to live independent lives in community dedicated to God.
    I also nominate Thomas Merton.

  312. Matt stone's Gravatar Matt stone
    May 11, 2015 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Jonathan Myrick Daniels, the Episcopal seminarian who volunteered as a civil rights worker and was killed when he was shot by an angry shop owner attempting to murder a young African American man.

  313. karen's Gravatar karen
    May 11, 2015 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

    King Alfred the great.

  314. pHil's Gravatar pHil
    May 11, 2015 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    In honor of his recent birthday, I nominate

    “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” –Soren Kierkegaard

  315. Geoff's Gravatar Geoff
    May 11, 2015 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    St. Barnabas deserves to be on the list, he is a great teacher and delegator. he developed the skills of his peers and juniors, a truly humble saint!

  316. Willy's Gravatar Willy
    May 11, 2015 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Please include St. Barnabas a great teacher

  317. Geoff's Gravatar Geoff
    May 11, 2015 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Saint Barnabas, a humble man who encouraged others..

  318. May 12, 2015 - 2:09 am | Permalink

    Since you seem to be reaching beyond those who are already in HWHM, I would nominate two who are
    already recognized in other Anglican Calendars but not our own: Edward the Confessor (Ok, this is personal, he was the one who brought my family to England — but that alone should qualify him for the Golden Halo), and King Charles the Martyr (not for the sake of monarchism, but because many credit his death with allowing the revival of Anglicanism after the ravages of Cromwell’s Puritans.

  319. Barbara S.'s Gravatar Barbara S.
    May 12, 2015 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Glad to see that several of my favorites have already been nominated and seconded! Here they are again, plus a couple of others, though, just for the heck of it:

    Hugh of Lincoln
    Martin of Tours
    Moses the Ethiopian
    Vincent of Saragossa
    Photine of Samaria (“the woman at the well” from John’s Gospel)

    I like seeing some of the Archangels up for nomination, too. Would like to add a nomination for Mark, the Gospel writer, and for Thomas, Apostle.

    Blessed Nominationtide to all!

  320. Robert Kent's Gravatar Robert Kent
    May 12, 2015 - 3:49 pm | Permalink
  321. Cathy's Gravatar Cathy
    May 12, 2015 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Having recently seen the play Amazing Grace, John Newton.

  322. Joan Reyes's Gravatar Joan Reyes
    May 12, 2015 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Viola Gregg Liuzzo. Here is a link to her biography:

  323. Donna Kerry's Gravatar Donna Kerry
    May 12, 2015 - 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Betsey Stockton
    Born a slave she became the first single african-american missionary to be sent overseas, to Hawaii.

  324. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    May 12, 2015 - 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Martin Luther

    I will only point out that a bracket with Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr. would surely break a record for comments that day; I can only imagine the fervor of the discussion. It would be too fun to miss.

  325. Nayla's Gravatar Nayla
    May 12, 2015 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Gregory of Tours the saint and historiographer who recorded the end of antiquity and the rise of the middle ages, from the perspective of a contemporary.

  326. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    May 12, 2015 - 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Also: must the saints be Christian? I think of Sacagawa, who mediated between native whites and native Indians on the great overland voyage west on foot of Lewis and Clark, so formative in “our” (U.S. American) history; her presence with a baby signalled a peaceful not warlike party to the tribes they encountered. She too voted on the headland of Oregon. She seems like an important symbolic person.

    Also, Rumi, a great spiritual poet, and Mohamed, a spiritual prophet, come to mind. Could we include saints from alternative religious traditions? Would that be seen as outreach (or, alas, potentially as appropriation)? Do such suggestions go beyond the scope of Lent Madness (which is after all, quite mad)? Perhaps I’ll end by nominating Lewis Carroll. Peace to all.

  327. Rose Mahan's Gravatar Rose Mahan
    May 12, 2015 - 11:29 pm | Permalink

    John Woolman, often referred to as the Quaker Saint. very early opponent of slavery and an advocate for Native Americans.
    Abraham Lincoln
    Mr. Rogers

  328. Larry Stanley's Gravatar Larry Stanley
    May 12, 2015 - 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Although I would support many of the previous nominations made by posters here, I would like to nominate two outstanding women, both of whom are recognized in the Episcopal Calendar of Saints: Sojourner Truth; and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
    Truth was a slave in New York State and spoke out against the often neglected evils of northern slavery. She was a tireless advocate for women’s equality, and a campaigner for addressing the needs of freed slaves in the post-Civil War period.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, also a New Yorker, was both an abolitionist and a progenitor of the women’s rights movement. She opposed the 14th & 15th amendments because they gave rights to African-American men that were denied to women.
    Either of these women would be a strong contender for the Golden Halo.

  329. John F. Miller's Gravatar John F. Miller
    May 13, 2015 - 3:00 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate a first round match-up between Frederick of Utrecht and Ruggiero da Todi, or perhaps Ruggero di Canne if da Todi is too close to last years Golden Halo winner.

  330. Brixham Beth's Gravatar Brixham Beth
    May 13, 2015 - 5:45 am | Permalink

    How about Zoe of Pamphylia, cared for the dogs in a Roman household. She became a Christian and encouraged her family who became Christians too. Was ‘outed’ during one of the many persecutions and martyred in 127.
    Also Henrietta Barnett who worked with her husband Samuel around London to encourage tolerance, education and much more. Was involved in building projects that encouraged community and peaceful living. She died 1936.

  331. Larry Stanley's Gravatar Larry Stanley
    May 13, 2015 - 6:56 am | Permalink

    I would also nominate Henry Spaulding and Marcus Whitman who, along with their wives, Eliza Spaulding and Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, traveled on the first wagon train on the Oregon Trail to perform missionary work, and bring medical services, to the Nez Perce of the Oregon Territory, in 1836. Eliza and Narcissa were the first European women to cross the Rocky Mountains. The Whitmans were martyred in the Whitman Massacre, after a misunderstanding led the Native-Americans to believe that they had intentionally brought the measles for which they were treating children, with them.

  332. Shirley's Gravatar Shirley
    May 13, 2015 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    St Nino, Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia, a woman who helped found the church in Georgia.

  333. Paul Ambos's Gravatar Paul Ambos
    May 13, 2015 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Although previously mentioned, I will second
    St. Jude Thaddeus
    Thurgood Marshall
    Frances Jane (Fanny) Van Alstyne Crosby

  334. Kim Olstad's Gravatar Kim Olstad
    May 13, 2015 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    I nominate St Walpurga for consideration!
    Thank you for what you do…

  335. Alan C's Gravatar Alan C
    May 13, 2015 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Elmo, patron of sailors and abdominal pain (and furry red monsters?).

  336. Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
    May 13, 2015 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Saint Drogo – Patron Saint of Coffee and has a WONDERFUL story and special skill

  337. Tom Penna's Gravatar Tom Penna
    May 13, 2015 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Saint Thurgood Marshall should have a chance to vie for the Golden Halo! Put him in, Coach!

  338. Deborah's Gravatar Deborah
    May 13, 2015 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Saint Mary Mazzerello. She became the spiritual counterpart to Saint John Bosco of Turin. Little known, she was a contemporary of Saint John Bosco, and became the first Superior of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, founded under the advisement of Saint John Bosco. This order provided education to poor girls, just as Saint John Bosco was providing education to poor boys.

  339. May 13, 2015 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    What a lot of good suggestions. Don’t envy the team having to pick the candidates from all these. Please add a non-Cristian, Ghandi, to your list of nominations.

  340. Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
    May 13, 2015 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Florence Nightingale, whose birthday on May 12 marks the culmination of the annual Nurses’ Week in the U.S. Her dedication to nursing and healing was inspired by her faith.

    I would also like to nominate the Samaritan Woman at the Well, for her belief and her evangelism to the people of Samaria.

  341. May 13, 2015 - 6:44 pm | Permalink

    sorry, blame my computer for the spelling.

  342. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    May 13, 2015 - 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Clare of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Martha of Bethany, St. Thomas-Apostle, John Chrysostom, St. Aristobulus, Harriet Starr Cannon, Harriet Tubman, and St. Gobnait-female Irish saint. She was said to keep bees! Thank you.

  343. Judy Ziemann's Gravatar Judy Ziemann
    May 13, 2015 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Most of my suggestions have already been mentioned, but from Holy Women, Holy Men, I vote for the following:
    Thomas Becket James Weldon Johnson
    Phoebe Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Andrei Rublev Martha of Bethany
    Junini Luwum Vida Scudder
    Thomas Cranmer Samuel Isaac Joseph Scherechewsky
    John Muir Teresa of Avila
    Dame Julian of Norwich William Temple
    Thurgood Marshall Richard Hooker

    I did check the ineligible list which had several of my favorites, but I intend to be with you for more than a year, so I will keep them for another year.
    Judy Z+

  344. Nancy Diesel Oliver's Gravatar Nancy Diesel Oliver
    May 14, 2015 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    Athanasius, without whom we may not recognize the Trinity, Thurgood Marshall, and St. Stephen- to represent for all Deacons!

  345. KLF's Gravatar KLF
    May 14, 2015 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Now that St. Francis of Assisi has won his well-deserved golden halo, I would like to nominate St. Francis Solanus. He has a lovely church and monastery dedicated to him in Lima, Peru. One of the stories I recall from our tour was that he came into a Christmas celebration playing the fiddle, and his joy expressed in that music was so contagious that all present danced and rejoiced.

  346. Robert Kitchen's Gravatar Robert Kitchen
    May 14, 2015 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    nomination of new saints:
    Ephrem the Syrian (of Nisibis and Edessa) (d.373) Syriac Biblical exegete and poet
    Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) – Syriac Biblical exegete and poet

  347. Kim Rossi's Gravatar Kim Rossi
    May 14, 2015 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate St. Stephen – Deacon and first Martyr of the Church. I think anyone that gets stoned the day after Christmas should be a front runner!

  348. May 14, 2015 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Peter the Apostle, as an example of a flawed man girding the church for the future.
    James the Less, author of the book of James.
    John Locke
    Thomas Hobbes
    Rev. John Witherspoon

  349. Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
    May 14, 2015 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I am curious about San Andres. He has the dubious distinction of having a major earthquake fault in California named after him. I don’t know why. Also, is San Andres the same saint as St. Andrew?
    When there’s a lot of shaking going on around the state, it is often San Andres’ Fault. Of course, he has a lot of sidekicks.
    Looking forward to the new slate of saintly candidates for LM 2016!

  350. May 15, 2015 - 4:07 am | Permalink

    We nominate Queen Liliuokalani, last Queen of Hawaii, and devoted Anglican, whose prayer from her imprisonment, O Kou Aloha No, is still sung weekly at eucharists in Hawaii.
    Quick translation: “Your loving mercy is in heaven and your truth is perfect. I live imprisoned in sorrow; you are my light; your glory, my support. Behold not with malevolence the sins of humankind, but forgive and cleanse. And so, O Lord, beneath your wings protect us and let peace be our portion now and forever more.”
    submitted by Len and Lindsay Freeman+

  351. Catherine's Gravatar Catherine
    May 15, 2015 - 7:58 am | Permalink

    Aethelthryth of Ely–who was married twice but remained a virgin (to paraphrase Aelfric and Bede) and was founding abbess of the double monastery at Ely.

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