Celebrity Blogger Week: Maria Kane

February 20, 2014
Tim Schenck

Celebrity Blogger Week continues as we welcome a fresh face to the Lent Madness fold (not that the veteran bloggers have stale faces, mind you). Maria Kane is excited to be part of the Madness in 2014 and we're excited she allowed us to twist her arm. Plus we told her she wouldn't really have to do anything. We might have lied just a little bit but it's okay since Lent hasn't started yet.

The Rev. Maria Kane

The Rev. Maria Kane

Maria Kane is an Episcopal priest, historian, and proud native Texan. Her favorite role, however, is being godmother to Cal (6) and Leila (4). She has served as a parish priest in Virginia and boarding school chaplain in New Hampshire. Among other things, boarding school life dramatically increased her knowledge of pop culture and internet lingo, for which she is immensely grateful (as are her friends). Maria is a contributor to Weavings and Alive Now! magazines, and like a true mad woman, she's completing final revisions of her dissertation, "Pretty Girls & Fascinating Boys," a study of race, sexuality, and adolescence in late twentieth-century evangelicalism. In her free time, Maria loves reading, cooking, gardening, and finding grammatical errors in the New York Times. She can be found on Twitter @mariaconchia.

How has Lent Madness transformed your life?
For starters, it has nurtured my often unrequited love of history. It's also been a fun conduit for meeting people and making new friends (but keeping the old, 'cause you know, one is silver and the other is gold). It's expanded my sense of community, as well.

Obviously being a Celebrity Blogger is your greatest lifetime achievement. What perks have you enjoyed as a result of your status?
Did I mention I love any excuse to talk about history?

What do you hope the Lent Madness public will learn from the lives of the saints?unnamed

I hope people will see that being a saint isn't about perfection or surrendering to a formulaic life. From the saints' lives, I want the Lent Madness public to see the grace, sacredness, and possibilities in their so-called "ordinary" lives. I hope people will embrace the idea that they, too, have a place in God's family of faith. Of course, if they develop a passion for history that would be fantastic, too.

Someday, when you become the answer on Jeopardy, what will the question be?
Among other things on this person's bucket list are cocktails & dinner with her closet friends and the hosts of NPR's Morning EditionAll Things Considered at the home of the subtlety  pretentious, yet talented Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa. There will be plenty of orange flowers, of course.


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9 comments on “Celebrity Blogger Week: Maria Kane”

  1. I stayed up very late to send in a paper for my writing group and, as a result, am just arising in a complete stupor only to read Rev. Maria's Celebrity Blogger introduction to those of us who post comments. Am I really awake as I just read about her bucket list? I want to know more about her closet friends as it might be a good idea for me to pursue. I'll just have to decide what to do with my closest ones of some 30-60 years duration. We all have to make sacrifices. I need my breakfast NOW.

  2. 1) Wow! I've never had anyone interested in my dissertation who's not obligated to take an interest--that would be my family.
    2) Any fan of NPR AND Ina is basically a kindred spirit of mine.
    3) Now, let's just pretend subtlety is really subtly, and that I'm not that tightly wound (some of the time)

  3. Welcome! I too love Lent Madness because of its historic connections, but mine tend to be more literature based. I am so happy to see Aelred in the list, as well as HBStowe. And as I was making a bulletin board of the saints' images for church, I discovered that the young F. D. Maurice looked a lot like George Clooney..... kind of makes him a lot more intersting.

  4. If you hiked all the way up to that Harper's Ferry viewing spot AND love Frontline as well, you are officially more than qualified to be a celebrity AND our Fearless Leader in this Lenten season. May I add that Texas needs as many people like you as it can possibly get, so don't forget to visit there often and spread the good word.