Mug Shot Winner Announced!

Ever since we announced our Mug Shot contest, we have been inundated with photos of Lent Madness fans and their mugs. While we Lent Madness mugsusually put things to a vote around here, the Supreme Executive Committee is pulling rank and simply pronouncing a winner. Supremity does have its privileges after all.

But before we announce the winner — who will receive the famous cardboard cutout of 2015 Golden Halo winner, Francis of Assisi (as seen on Monday Madness) — we thought we’d share some of our favorite Mug Shots. These are just a few of the many we received! Check out more by searching for “#LentMadness #MugShot” on Facebook or Twitter. We also received quite a few by email. We really enjoyed seeing how creative the Lent Madness Global Viewing Public can be.

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. You may not have won the grand prize but you are, as we understand it, still a winner in God’s sight.

So, enjoy scrolling through some of these pictures and note that in our benevolence, we have awarded prizes to the top three. The First Runner Up will receive an “evergreen” (okay, ever-purple mug). The Runner Up will receive a mug featuring the to-be-determined 2016 Golden Halo winner. And, of course, the Grand Prize gets to live with an actual saint!








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The HONORABLE MENTION goes to Christ Episcopal Church Springfield, MO (and St. Helena).12803038_10153945891194476_4024226990469742262_n

The FIRST RUNNER UP goes to Sunday School at Church of the Holy Cross in North Plainfield, NJ.12829502_790698954369978_8477529857860363325_o

The RUNNER UP goes to Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, MA.10550090_790702034369670_8410895598968875255_o

And the GRAND PRIZE goes to…

Francis at GC

Just kidding. The SEC isn’t eligible.

The GRAND PRIZE really goes to…Oliver_eight years old!


CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks to everyone for playing along.

Now we’re off to attempt to somehow jam St. Francis into a box…

85 Comments to "Mug Shot Winner Announced!"

  1. March 16, 2016 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    YES!!!! Way to go Oliver!! And thank you to the Supreme Executive Committee for their dedication and hard work!

    • Christina Thom's Gravatar Christina Thom
      March 17, 2016 - 1:57 am | Permalink

      Yeah Oliver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • amy's Gravatar amy
      March 17, 2016 - 7:47 am | Permalink


  2. Karen H.'s Gravatar Karen H.
    March 16, 2016 - 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Clearly a winner!

  3. Linda Leong's Gravatar Linda Leong
    March 16, 2016 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Hurray for Oliver!!!

  4. Melissa's Gravatar Melissa
    March 16, 2016 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    WOOT Oliver! Congrats!

  5. John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
    March 16, 2016 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

    A shout-out to all the saints-in-the-making who participated in this event. Congratulations to all the winners, and extra-special congratulations to Oliver, the Grand Champion of Lent Madness 2016 (Mug Shot edition).

  6. Deb Weiss's Gravatar Deb Weiss
    March 16, 2016 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Perfect choice!!

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      March 16, 2016 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

      That was my thought also!

  7. Sue's Gravatar Sue
    March 16, 2016 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Well done Oliver. You have given us some thoughtful posts

  8. March 16, 2016 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    HELP! I’m having withdrawal! I still did not get today’s duo.

  9. Linda Zink's Gravatar Linda Zink
    March 16, 2016 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I love Oliver’s comments every day, so I’m glad to see him here as well.

  10. Yvonne's Gravatar Yvonne
    March 16, 2016 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    We couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate result. Cheers to the SEC! And congratulations to Oliver!

  11. Pam Payne's Gravatar Pam Payne
    March 16, 2016 - 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Love all the mug shots!! Especially happy for Oliver…love his Lent Madness posts!

  12. Susan Carman's Gravatar Susan Carman
    March 16, 2016 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Oliver, congratulations! Your posts, done so promptly every morning, have been a joy and an inspiration. I haven’t always agreed, but I admire how you reach your conclusions c

  13. Sheila's Gravatar Sheila
    March 16, 2016 - 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! I love reading Oliver’s posts every day. A worthy winner!

  14. March 16, 2016 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Woot!!! Woot!!! I am thrilled that Oliver won. Oliver’s posts have been meaningful to me during this Lent. Way to go Oliver!!!!

  15. March 16, 2016 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Outstanding! Here’s to Oliver and his faithful posts.

  16. Cush's Gravatar Cush
    March 16, 2016 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Too cool!

  17. Claudia Horner's Gravatar Claudia Horner
    March 16, 2016 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    some fabulous halos were displayed! Hurray for Oliver!

  18. LauraT's Gravatar LauraT
    March 16, 2016 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    A most hearty congratulations to Oliver, eight years old!

  19. Sr. Faith Margaret's Gravatar Sr. Faith Margaret
    March 16, 2016 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver!
    It is nice to see you after reading your thoughtful and faithful posts!

  20. Liz's Gravatar Liz
    March 16, 2016 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

    How wonderful that Oliver won! And I’m so pleased to be able to put a face to the person whose posts make me smile all during Lent. Good choice, SEC.

  21. Kim Rossi's Gravatar Kim Rossi
    March 16, 2016 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Great Choice – Way to go Oliver!!

  22. March 16, 2016 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo, Oliver!!! Congratulations for winning the mug shot grand prize! I think it’s neat that you also have been a faithful voter & I love reading your comments! You rock!

  23. Diane's Gravatar Diane
    March 16, 2016 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Way to go, Oliver! I’ve looked forward to your posts every morning!

  24. Carol Justice's Gravatar Carol Justice
    March 16, 2016 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Way to go, Oliver. I enjoy reading your posts every morning and congratulate you on your win! I am in Arizona.

  25. March 16, 2016 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Way to go Oliver — you have really made this year’s Lent Madness even more interesting with your observations on the Saints.

  26. Jamie Glock's Gravatar Jamie Glock
    March 16, 2016 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    The Sunday School of The Church of the Holy Cross North Plainfield, NJ thank you for the honor of First
    Runner Up. Our kids and teacher Robyn have done a fantastic job this year – and had a grate time doing it. They set a high bar for our congregation.

  27. Linda's Gravatar Linda
    March 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Go Oliver ! So happy you won!

  28. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    March 16, 2016 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Love it! Congratulations, Oliver! You beat out many worthy entries.

  29. Bob Faser's Gravatar Bob Faser
    March 16, 2016 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver. You always know how to get to the heart of the matter re any matchup.

  30. Nancy Moore's Gravatar Nancy Moore
    March 16, 2016 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

    oliver eight years old! I love that kid’s comments!

  31. Jane's Gravatar Jane
    March 16, 2016 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Hurray for Oliver! I am so happy he won! Hope he sends you a picture of him and St. Francis, and hope the good saint isn’t too crumpled from being in that box! (Although, having saintly powers, Francis probably won’t be in the least wrinkled!)

  32. Beth Bartniczak's Gravatar Beth Bartniczak
    March 16, 2016 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver! So glad you won. I look forward to your comments each day. You’ve made my Lent Madness even more enjoyable.

  33. Adelaide Kent's Gravatar Adelaide Kent
    March 16, 2016 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver! How nice to see a picture of you at last!

  34. Cecile's Gravatar Cecile
    March 16, 2016 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver! It’s great to see you win, and it’s great to SEE you! Take good care of Saint Francis for us.

  35. tbirdtas's Gravatar tbirdtas
    March 16, 2016 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Way to go Oliver! Couldn’t think of a better winner!

  36. Marilyn's Gravatar Marilyn
    March 16, 2016 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo! Congratulations Oliver!

  37. Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
    March 16, 2016 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Well done, Oliver!

  38. Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
    March 16, 2016 - 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Way to go, Oliver! Smart and good lookin’.

  39. SusanLee's Gravatar SusanLee
    March 16, 2016 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Oliver, and a big shout-out to all those under the age of 18 who have participated in this community–Martin and Sarah, I know by name. But I know there are lots of others! You make our conversations and musings so much richer. Thank you!

    • Patty's Gravatar Patty
      March 16, 2016 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

      I second that!

  40. Patty's Gravatar Patty
    March 16, 2016 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo! Great photo, Oliver!

  41. Becky's Gravatar Becky
    March 16, 2016 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

    The SEC has shown it’s great wisdom once again!

  42. Nancy R's Gravatar Nancy R
    March 16, 2016 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    No one more deserving!

  43. March 16, 2016 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Ah that is the best! Well done Oliver! What a smile!

  44. aleathia (dolores) nicholson's Gravatar aleathia (dolores) nicholson
    March 16, 2016 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    When Oliver finishes college and then seminary (Of course he’ll do Sewanee), he will be ordained and then move through the ranks and become Presiding Bishop. Or, he could take over LENT MADNESS as the SEC will probably be doddering elderly retirees and that ferret will have moved on to fertilizing the church grounds in Hingham MA. Bloggers, get ready to get Oliver’s bio so we can learn more about him. Above all, congratulations to Oliver-eight years old !

  45. Bill Pyatt's Gravatar Bill Pyatt
    March 16, 2016 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    excellent choice. I recommend Oliver for ever higher office, if such exists in the SEC

  46. Becky's Gravatar Becky
    March 16, 2016 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    As always the SEC has clearly shown why they are the “Supreme” and not merely the “Super” or “Special” Executive Committee with their choice of Oliver! Congratulations Oliver! I enjoy and look forward to your comments every day of Lent.

  47. March 16, 2016 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Wooohooo!! Congratulations Oliver!!!

    It was fun to see some of the runners up and other contenders photos!!!!

  48. Patsy's Gravatar Patsy
    March 16, 2016 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for showing the candidates. All were very inspiring. Our rector, Empy Schneider, who introduced us to LM was in the fray.

  49. Stephanie McDougal's Gravatar Stephanie McDougal
    March 16, 2016 - 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Perfect choice. Not only is Oliver a faithful voter, but his comments I look forward to each day. Now we know what he looks like. Good going SEC!!!

  50. Donna's Gravatar Donna
    March 16, 2016 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Best news I got today. My heart cheered when I saw his face. Congratulations, Oliver! SEC made a fabulous choice. I think if it had been up to a vote, we would have had the same result.

  51. Aunt Susie's Gravatar Aunt Susie
    March 16, 2016 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

    So proud of you Oliver!

  52. Nina's Gravatar Nina
    March 16, 2016 - 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Perfect. I was hoping for a picture of Oliver aged eight. Great commenting, and a great name!

  53. Nancy Larkin's Gravatar Nancy Larkin
    March 16, 2016 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver! I enjoy your comments each day, and I can tell from others’ comments that you brighten their days as well.

  54. Sonia (Good Shepherd, Acton!)'s Gravatar Sonia (Good Shepherd, Acton!)
    March 16, 2016 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to Oliver! Great to see you!

  55. Sister Janet's Gravatar Sister Janet
    March 16, 2016 - 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Oliver was the perfect choice! And don’t worry about Francis getting wrinkled in the box; he would be quite at home that way. Have you ever seen a picture of his habit? (or at least what is claimed to have been his habit; the ultimate Saintly Kitsch…) This is the most famous one of several, although carbon dating shows it dates to a few years after his death;

  56. Judy C's Gravatar Judy C
    March 17, 2016 - 12:01 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad to see that Oliver actually exists. Thank you for the picture. I didn’t think any kid got out of bed to be first one to comment on so many days.

    • Oliver's Mom's Gravatar Oliver's Mom
      March 17, 2016 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

      It is what gets him out of bed.

  57. Christianne McKee's Gravatar Christianne McKee
    March 17, 2016 - 12:26 am | Permalink

    Hooray for Oliver!!!! Great photo, and I love your comments on the saints of the day.

  58. Heather Warren's Gravatar Heather Warren
    March 17, 2016 - 12:46 am | Permalink

    Awesome! Congratulations, Oliver! You rock!

  59. Anne Clayton's Gravatar Anne Clayton
    March 17, 2016 - 1:54 am | Permalink

    Oliver – even in Northern British Columbia, Canada, your success is celebrated.
    Hearty Congrats!

  60. Martha Camele's Gravatar Martha Camele
    March 17, 2016 - 5:37 am | Permalink

    Yay Oliver! Perfect!

  61. Catherine's Gravatar Catherine
    March 17, 2016 - 6:50 am | Permalink


  62. Joanne Parrott's Gravatar Joanne Parrott
    March 17, 2016 - 7:08 am | Permalink

    Way to go, Oliver!! I vote to see his comments! Enjoyable Lent Madness Season.

  63. Mary E. Winston's Gravatar Mary E. Winston
    March 17, 2016 - 8:05 am | Permalink


  64. March 17, 2016 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Hurrah for Oliver!!!!!!

  65. Jean's Gravatar Jean
    March 17, 2016 - 8:35 am | Permalink


  66. Tim Seitz-Brown's Gravatar Tim Seitz-Brown
    March 17, 2016 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    Well-deserved and most excellent! Yay, Oliver!

  67. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 17, 2016 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    Governance by supreme fiat does work! Congratulations Oliver, a very worthy winner.

  68. March 17, 2016 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    Hooray Oliver! Absolutely the most joyful mugshot of all!

  69. Dena Lee's Gravatar Dena Lee
    March 17, 2016 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Great job, Oliver! All of the photos were Saint worthy.Loved seeing them all– especially the one with the candlestick growing out of a gal’s head.

  70. Mary Lou Creamer's Gravatar Mary Lou Creamer
    March 17, 2016 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    Excellent choice! Way to Oliver!

  71. Sue Cromer's Gravatar Sue Cromer
    March 17, 2016 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    Yay Oliver! I read your comments every day before I vote! Excellent choice!

  72. Rod's Gravatar Rod
    March 17, 2016 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver! Well done!

  73. Carrie's Gravatar Carrie
    March 17, 2016 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! Congratulations to Oliver!!!!!!!!

  74. Katy's Gravatar Katy
    March 17, 2016 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Oliver!

  75. Cricket in the Berkshires's Gravatar Cricket in the Berkshires
    March 17, 2016 - 2:16 pm | Permalink

    St. Oliver for the Golden Halo!

  76. Diane Lynch's Gravatar Diane Lynch
    March 17, 2016 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Way to go, Oliver!!! You have ROCKED it this Lenten Season 🙂 Congratulations!!

  77. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    March 17, 2016 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Honorable SEC members. It is time for St Francis, to go on a road relay trip. Traveling in a box really is very overrated, St Francis needs to see the 21st century! Volunteers will drive St Francis to Oliver’s home parish and will deliver the blessed saint in person. Think of the money the SEC will save on postage!! The world has changed a bit since St Francis last walked along dirt paths and roads. Gotta admit it would be cool driving around with St Francis! Request: please post a St Francis Easter photo. Thanks for all things saintly. Who knew saints were so much fun for the whole office.

  78. Leamarie's Gravatar Leamarie
    March 18, 2016 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, Oliver…we always knew you are the best! Thanks for playing along in LM and congratulations on winning the St Francis cutout.

  79. MusicResonator's Gravatar MusicResonator
    March 18, 2016 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    How good is this? Congrats to Oliver–glad to have a face behind the name. Now, you DO realize that we expect to see a “family portrait” soon that includes St. Francis.

  80. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    March 18, 2016 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Great Mug Shots everyone! Well done! Congratulations, Oliver! Thanks to the SEC for all their hard work.

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