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.
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.
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.