Bracket 2016

Lent Madness 2016:
A Diet Rich in Bonhoeffer!


Check out the 2016 bracket, and then come here every day of Lent to keep up with your favorite saint. Clicking on the bracket will bring up a larger, printable, more readable one, or you can download a PDF version. You can buy your very own Giant Bracket Poster from Forward Movement! Get one for everyone in your church and everyone on your street!

The Golden Halo

March 23rd: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (60%) defeats Julian of Norwich (40%)

Faithful 4

March 22nd: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (52%) defeats Sojourner Truth (48%)
March 21st: Julian of Norwich (55%) defeats Constance (45%)

Elate 8

March 18th: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (59%) defeats Columba (41%)
March 17th: Julian of Norwich (68%) defeats Albert Schweitzer (32%)
March 16th: Sojourner Truth (63%) defeats Absalom Jones (37%)
March 15th: Constance (61%) defeats Vida Dutton Scudder (31%)

Saintly 16

March 14th: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (68%) defeats Barnabas (32%)
March 11th: Julian of Norwich (79%) defeats Roch (21%)
March 10th: Sojourner Truth (67%) defeats Frances Joseph-Gaudet (33%)
March 9th: Vida Dutton Scudder (52%) defeats Clare (48%)
March 8th: Columba (60%) defeats Meister Eckhart (40%)
March 7th: Albert Schweitzer (56%) defeats Methodius (44%)
March 4th: Absalom Jones (52%) defeats Joseph (48%)
March 3rd: Constance (69%) defeats Helena (31%)

Round of 32

March 2nd: Barnabas (72%) defeats Elmo (28%)
March 1st: Frances Joseph-Gaudet (68%) defeats John Mason Neale (32%)
February 29th: Vida Dutter Scudder (72%) defeats F.D. Maurice (28%)
February 26th: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (72%) defeats Athanasius (28%)
February 25th: Albert Schweitzer (60%) defeats Lawrence (40%)
February 24th: Sojourner Truth (77%) defeats Søren Kierkegaard (23%)
February 23rd: Clare (74%) defeats Denis (26%)
February 22nd: Columba (51%) defeats Kateri Tekakwitha (51%)
February 19th: Roch (53%) defeats Gertrude (47%)
February 18th: Joseph (79%) defeats Christina Rossetti (21%)
February 17th: Constance (77%) defeats Dominic (23%)
February 16th: Meister Eckhart (55%) defeats Drogo (45%)
February 15th: Julian of Norwich (52%) defeats William Wilberforce (48%)
February 13th: Methodius (65%) defeats Cyril (35%)
February 12th: Absalom Jones (82%) defeats Matthias (18%)
February 11th: Helena (62%) defeats Monnica (38%)


2016 Match-up Calendar

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32 Comments to "Bracket 2016"

  1. Sharon Cook's Gravatar Sharon Cook
    July 16, 2013 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    You’re pitting John and Charlie Wesley against each other?!? What’s a Methodist to do?

    • Cori Olson's Gravatar Cori Olson
      July 16, 2013 - 11:17 am | Permalink

      Now we have to figure out the difference between the two of them? I have them lumped together in my mind. Work to do before Lent!!

    • Susan's Gravatar Susan
      July 16, 2013 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Does the pitting of the brothers make you want to become Episcopalian, where the wine served may take the edge off, and the choice between them not so full of angst? 🙂 (said in loving jest of the differences and similarities between all the denominations) All are welcome here.

  2. Day Smith Pritchartt's Gravatar Day Smith Pritchartt
    July 16, 2013 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    I am ecstatic to see Moses in the bracket! You may sell photos (for a small royalty) of my goldendoodle Moses on his big days. From burning bush to Golden Halo; come, Lent, come!

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      July 20, 2013 - 11:40 am | Permalink

      Moses is such a cool name for a pet! When it comes to naming pets, I tend to lean towards the Bible. I have a cat named Esther, turns out she is aptly named because she is Queen of my domicile and never lets me forget it.

  3. Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
    July 16, 2013 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    Christina the Astonishing? Who is that?? I’ve got some research to do…To the Internet!

    • Martha's Gravatar Martha
      July 16, 2013 - 11:57 am | Permalink

      It must be my priest!

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      July 16, 2013 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Christina the Astonishing is the patron saint of the mentally ill.

      • RobertC's Gravatar RobertC
        July 19, 2013 - 11:56 pm | Permalink

        Well, that should get a lot of votes in this group.

      • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
        July 30, 2013 - 10:40 am | Permalink

        Oops. My bad. Christina the astonishing is the patron saint of psychiatrists, not the mentally ill….

  4. Aleathia (Dolores) Nicholson's Gravatar Aleathia (Dolores) Nicholson
    July 16, 2013 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    Well, gee guys…..thanks for 232 days of pure anguish and agony awaiting THE BIG DAY!!!!! As if I don’t have enough to occupy my time and worry about…you give me grief and unsurmountable joy in one fell swoop!!!!! Oh joy! Oh bliss! What a thrill is this!!

  5. July 16, 2013 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Christina the Astonishing should win simply on the liveliness of her name! (There are an insufficient number Celts competing this year, by the way.)

  6. Kristy's Gravatar Kristy
    July 16, 2013 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Can not wait until March 6th. My grand-daughter’s birthday and my chance to vote for Christina the Astonishing. Eric is correct about the number of Celts. There is also a dearth of social reformers. Did we use them all last year?

    • Tom's Gravatar Tom
      July 16, 2013 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I’ll echo you on the dearth of social reformers. I really thought Thurgood Marshall stood a chance this time around. But alas! We can’t get all the good ones in all the time. Perhaps 2015 will have to be the year for Marshall.

      Looking forward to another great Lenten season of learning and voting! Lots of names I’m just not familiar with here.

  7. Susan Fiore's Gravatar Susan Fiore
    July 16, 2013 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    My money is on J.S. Bach. Any takers?

    • Verdery's Gravatar Verdery
      July 16, 2013 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

      Ach, ja! I’ll nag–er, encourage–our music director to do something suitable the Sunday after or before.

  8. Lynn Bonney's Gravatar Lynn Bonney
    July 16, 2013 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I admit that I have no idea who Christina the Astonishing is … but I’ll be hard-pressed not to vote for her.

  9. Russ's Gravatar Russ
    July 16, 2013 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    You guys are really putting me in a spot: Christina (a Celt) v Basil (my “birth” saint). What a way to start LM!

    Oh, we’ll…..

  10. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    July 16, 2013 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Still no Mr. Rogers. Sigh.

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      July 16, 2013 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

      and No, I will NOT shut up about it already!!

  11. July 16, 2013 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Oh, can I just ignorantly vote for the ones I already know? I already wince at the thought of making these decisions. I was all excited to see Joe of Arimethea, until I looked up Anna Cooper. Imagine, such a saint born and educated and buried just down the road from me at St. Augustine’s in Raleigh, NC! I thought Durham’s own Pauli Murray was impressive, but Anna really paved the way. But I can’t resist the saintly bios each year. [Sigh]

  12. Jean Abbe's Gravatar Jean Abbe
    July 16, 2013 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

    More or less in the words of Garrison Keillor: Bach! A great composer! A good Dad! And a Lutheran!!

  13. Mark D.'s Gravatar Mark D.
    July 17, 2013 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    So I got my wish: JS Bach is in the mix. But he’s in the same bracket with the Wesleys and Thomas Merton?? This is going to be ugly.

  14. RobertC's Gravatar RobertC
    July 19, 2013 - 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Phillips Brooks! Now THERE is an authentic American saint!

  15. Rev.Ruth's Gravatar Rev.Ruth
    July 23, 2013 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait! I just LOVE THIS!!!!

  16. July 27, 2013 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    Some great folks there–but once again I am heartbroken at the gender inequality, which at barely over one quarter female (9 out of 32) is, IIRC, even worse than last year. Susanna Wesley, without whose sanctity neither John nor Charles would have had theirs, is not amused. And the Christian community, already deprived of full awareness of the contributions of women in scripture and church history via the unbalanced lectionary and kalendar–and, most tragically, the preaching and teaching in virtually all parishes which does not even do justice to the inadequate number of holy women that survive in those resources, is ill served.

  17. Susie's Gravatar Susie
    July 28, 2013 - 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Thanks for the brackets to give us summer learning to do! Glad to see Thomas Gallaudet (iconic figure in Deaf history), Bach & others–looking forward to Lent! (& thanks for the humor, fellow posters :- )

  18. July 31, 2013 - 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I made lots of suggestions last year, to little effect, and will do so again this year. I am a little confused about the Anglican kalendar requirement as many people in previous brackets don’t appear in one to my knowledge….And would argue that since the official kalendars are so imbalanced, as you acknowledge, going beyond them would be especially important in such a crucial cause.

  19. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    August 1, 2013 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    Mother Laura, very well said. The SEC needs to Think Outside The Box!
    HEY!! are you guys listening?!?!

  20. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    August 1, 2013 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    “It’s a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”…….take the hint..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!