Nominations Open!

Nominations for next year’s field of 32 saints are currently being accepted by the Supreme Executive Committee. Yes, in addition to Eastertide, today begins Nominationtide.

lent madness tote bagBut 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 Lent Madness 2014 tote bag, the Lent Madness wall clock, some Lent Madness 2014 coasters, a Lent Madness 2014 magnet, and much, much more. And, of course, don’t forget to stock up on Charles Wesley or Lent Madness perpetual purple mugs.

And now, on to the main attraction, the call for nominations for Lent Madness 2015!

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 2029.

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 the entire field of Lent Madness 2014, those saints who made it to the Round of the Elate Eight in 2013 and 2012, and those from the 2011 Faithful Four. Here is a comprehensive list of ineligible saints. Please keep this in mind as you submit your nominations — which you can do by leaving 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!

The Field from 2014 (all ineligible)
Mary of Egypt
David of Wales
Ephrem of Edessa
Catherine of Siena
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Alfred the Great
Catherine of Alexandria
Antony of Egypt
Moses the Black
Thomas Gallaudet
Joseph of Arimathea
John Wesley
Charles Henry Brent
Christina the Astonishing
Julia Chester Emry
Charles Wesley
FD Maurice
SJI Schereschewsky
Phillips Brooks
Harriet Bedell
JS Bach
Anna Cooper
John of the Cross
James Holly
Nicholas Ridley
Louis of France
Thomas Merton
Basil the Great

Past Golden Halo Winners (ineligible)
George Herbert, C.S. Lewis, Mary Magalene, Frances Perkins, Charles Wesley

From 2011 — 2013 (ineligible)
Jonathan Daniels
Harriet Tubman
Hilda of Whitby
Dorothy Day
Li-Tim Oi
Oscar Romero
Emma of Hawaii
Margaret of Scotland
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Evelyn Underhill
Thomas Cranmer
Clare of Assisi
Thomas Beckett

By the way, it’s worth remembering that all the talk you hear these days about transparency and accountability is moot for the SEC. We reveal little and answer to no one. So if you don’t like the choices that we’ll announce at an unspecified future date known only to us (see what we did there?), start your own online devotional.

For now, we wish you a joyous Eastertide and Nominationtide.

348 Comments to "Nominations Open!"

  1. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    May 13, 2014 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    St. Patrick

    • K. Travis Adams's Gravatar K. Travis Adams
      May 13, 2014 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

      I am writing my nominations here because I can not figure out how to nominate someone any where else. Eugene Carson Blake; Saint/Pope Hilarius

    • Susan Fuller's Gravatar Susan Fuller
      May 13, 2014 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Also not sure what calendar she may be on but how about Pearl S. Buck?

  2. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    May 13, 2014 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    Any questions?

    • Jen E. Ochsner's Gravatar Jen E. Ochsner
      May 13, 2014 - 10:22 am | Permalink

      I wondered when folks mentioned Mr. Rogers, but……having watched him deal with a disagreeable person on a video recently, with such a quiet loving way, I tend to agree with everyone. Fred Rogers meets all comers in the same way I imagine Jesus did in His Day!

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      May 13, 2014 - 12:30 pm | Permalink


      • Edward's Gravatar Edward
        May 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

        I agree. I know in past years, you’ve mentioned that Fred Rogers isn’t eligible because he isn’t noted on any denomination’s official list… However, I think it’s important to remember that before canonization processes existed, saints were chosen by popular acclamation.

        This comments section is evidence enough that Fred Rogers has been canonized through sensus fidelium!

        • linda's Gravatar linda
          May 13, 2014 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

          yes- FRED ROGERS for all the reasons mentioned. if he is even put on the bracket i will purchase “something” from the Lentorium…and if he WINS i will get a set of mugs…

          • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
            May 13, 2014 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

            Yup. My lance remains tilted.

          • Heather C's Gravatar Heather C
            May 15, 2014 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

            I add my support here for Fred Rogers. Think of the millions of lives he has touched, the gentle and Christ-like way he he has welcomed the little children (and their beleagured parents).

          • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
            May 15, 2014 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

            Thank you, Heather. As a survivor of childhood bullying, Fred McFeely Rogers was a calm , gentle presence in my life..

  3. Cody Jones's Gravatar Cody Jones
    May 13, 2014 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    St. Cecilia

  4. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    May 13, 2014 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    And don’t give me any Jive about how you can’t because I ain’t buying it.

  5. Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
    May 13, 2014 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    How about Thurgood Marshall? I know we celebrate him — not positive he is considered an official saint – although he certainly should be. He did a lot of brave and intelligent things in the name of inclusion and justice.

  6. Julie Knudsen's Gravatar Julie Knudsen
    May 13, 2014 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    St. Kevin of Ireland

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      May 14, 2014 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

      I second this one!!!!

  7. Ed Noriega's Gravatar Ed Noriega
    May 13, 2014 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    Vincent de Paul

  8. Dan Lebo's Gravatar Dan Lebo
    May 13, 2014 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    George Whitefield

  9. May 13, 2014 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    Brigid of Kildare

    • Brigid Rauch's Gravatar Brigid Rauch
      May 13, 2014 - 10:41 am | Permalink

      Brigid of Kildare,
      Patron of Generous Hospitality!:

      I should like a great lake of beer to give to God.
      I should like the angels of Heaven to be tippling there for all eternity.
      I should like the men of Heaven to live with me, to dance and sing.
      If they wanted I’d put at their disposal vats of suffering
      White cups of love I’d give them with a heart and a half.
      Sweet pitchers of mercy I’d offer to every man.
      I’d make heaven a cheerful spot,
      Because the happy heart is true.
      I’d make men happy for their own sakes.
      I should like Jesus to be there too.
      I’d like the people of heaven to gather from all the parishes around.
      I’d give a special welcome to the women,
      the three Marys of great renown.
      I’d sit with the men, the women of God,
      There by the great lake of beer
      We’d be drinking good health forever,
      And every drop would be a prayer.

      • Lucretia Jevne's Gravatar Lucretia Jevne
        May 13, 2014 - 4:38 pm | Permalink

        Just replace “beer” with wine and you’ve got my vote too. St. Brigid all the way

      • Sue Legnani's Gravatar Sue Legnani
        May 14, 2014 - 10:46 am | Permalink

        St. Brigid because her saint’s day is my birthday…and I like beer.

  10. relling westfall's Gravatar relling westfall
    May 13, 2014 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich is very popular. Why don’t you give her another chance?

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      May 13, 2014 - 12:30 pm | Permalink


    • helene from Middletown, Ohio's Gravatar helene from Middletown, Ohio
      May 14, 2014 - 3:24 pm | Permalink


      • Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
        May 14, 2014 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

        Yes indeed!

  11. Katherine B.'s Gravatar Katherine B.
    May 13, 2014 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    Nominations: Barbara, Vitus of Sicily, Sebastian, Ambrose of Milan, Lucy

    • J's Gravatar J
      May 13, 2014 - 11:23 am | Permalink

      Second Sebastian’s nomination.

    • May 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I second Lucy. Any saint that provokes the tradition of girls wearing real lit candles on their head should definitely be in the running.

  12. May 13, 2014 - 10:28 am | Permalink

    Please consider St. Francis Borgia. I do not have hopes of his winning the Golden Halo, as Mary Magdalene stands out as the exception to a strong preference for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, I think that someone who overcomes his family’s infamous ecclesiatical exploitation to be a sincere Jesuit could make it to the Elate Eight if the seeding falls right.

  13. Adam Trambley's Gravatar Adam Trambley
    May 13, 2014 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    St. Scholastica
    St. Seraphim of Sazov
    Venerable Bede
    Sojourner Truth

  14. relling westfall's Gravatar relling westfall
    May 13, 2014 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    Also, St. Francis of Assisi, another 2010 candidate.

  15. Rick Ellinger's Gravatar Rick Ellinger
    May 13, 2014 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    Richard of Chichester. Fascinating life, reformer. The other Richard of Henry VIII era would make a fascinating crosspairing on the ladder.

  16. LaurelOD's Gravatar LaurelOD
    May 13, 2014 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    Martin Luther

  17. Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
    May 13, 2014 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    Venerable Bede — and the fact that I am a member of St. Bede’s in West LA has nothing to do with it.

  18. Geoff Mackey's Gravatar Geoff Mackey
    May 13, 2014 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    I n0minate:

    Michael Ramsey
    Lev Gillet
    Maria Skobtsova
    Alexander Men
    Christian de Cherge
    Elisabeth Behr-Sigel
    Sergius Bulgakov
    Br. Roger of Taize
    Fred Rogers
    Seraphim of Sarov
    Basil the Blessed
    John of Kronstadt
    Olivier Clement

  19. Adelaide Kent's Gravatar Adelaide Kent
    May 13, 2014 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich!

  20. martha's Gravatar martha
    May 13, 2014 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    Saint Martin of Tours. (Not only for his history, but also to honor the wonderful people of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in New Bedford, MA. Love you all, and miss you greatly.)

    • Brigid Rauch's Gravatar Brigid Rauch
      May 13, 2014 - 10:46 am | Permalink

      There is a legend on that on All Saint’s Day, St. Martin goes out on earth as a great white horse, searching for an honest man, whom he then takes to Heaven for the day, where good men are given food and drink, and the time to do the work their hearts are set upon.

  21. Peggy's Gravatar Peggy
    May 13, 2014 - 10:34 am | Permalink

    Thomas Ken
    George Augustus Selwyn
    Mikael Agricola
    and when will Perpetua be eligible again?

  22. May 13, 2014 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    Roger Williams founder of Rhode Island who stood for religious freedom for all. Newport has the first Synagog established in the new world.

  23. Irene Bishay's Gravatar Irene Bishay
    May 13, 2014 - 10:37 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate the two saints from the Orthodox churches:
    St. Philopater Mercurius.
    St. Demiana and her 40 virgins (a whole team!).
    These are two of my favorite saints, and not many people have heard of them.

  24. Sue Blais's Gravatar Sue Blais
    May 13, 2014 - 10:37 am | Permalink

    I nominate Corrie TenBoom. She was instrumental in saving Jews during the Holocaust. She lived in The Netherlands, I believe. It’s been a long time since I learned about her in Jr High but her courage and faith has made a lasting impression on me. The book The Hiding Place tells of her endeavors to save as many Jews as possible.

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      May 13, 2014 - 11:30 am | Permalink

      As far as I know, Corrie is not on any church calendar (which makes her ineligible for Lent Madness). But if she were in the Bracket I would vote for her in a flash! She has always been a hero of mine.

    • Dorothee's Gravatar Dorothee
      May 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I second Corie Ten Boom – calendar scmalendar – since when does that matter to the SEC! They can do as they please! PLEASE!!!!

  25. Rhee's Gravatar Rhee
    May 13, 2014 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Your Excellencies,
    I respectfully suggest that it would be fun to have a contest between the two new papal saints, John Paul II and John XXIII.
    Your humble servant,

    • J's Gravatar J
      May 13, 2014 - 11:26 am | Permalink

      John XXIII wins hands down.

    • Michael ArkAnglican's Gravatar Michael ArkAnglican
      May 13, 2014 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Rhee stole my thunder, but I second or third or whatever it is by now John Paul II and John XXIII.

      • Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
        May 13, 2014 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

        I totally agree – both popes/new saints!!!!

      • Verdery's Gravatar Verdery
        May 13, 2014 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

        Make that fourth (at least) for John XXIII–his shaking-up of the Roman Catholic church led, I am sure, to the re-reformation of other mainline churches, the Episcopal Church included. (I have this sneaky thought that the House of Bishops or General Convention just couldn’t let our Roman brothers and sisters be more progressive than we.)

  26. Betty Morris's Gravatar Betty Morris
    May 13, 2014 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich-All shall be well!

  27. Tristan Holmberg's Gravatar Tristan Holmberg
    May 13, 2014 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    Saint Euphemia

  28. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 13, 2014 - 10:45 am | Permalink


    Blandina and the Martyrs of Lyon
    The Venerable Bede (great idea, folks – hadn’t thought of him!)
    Hugh of Lincoln
    Julian of Norwich
    Francis of Assisi

    Thanks for asking!

  29. Adelaide Kent's Gravatar Adelaide Kent
    May 13, 2014 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    And what about John Chrysostom? Cranmer has been nominated.

  30. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 13, 2014 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    (Oh, I forgot: Cuthbert, for a friend…..)

  31. MaurineRuby's Gravatar MaurineRuby
    May 13, 2014 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich

  32. The Rev. Ellen Brauza's Gravatar The Rev. Ellen Brauza
    May 13, 2014 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    I recommend and nominate Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray. She was the first woman of color ordained priest of the Episcopal Church, a crusader for human rights for all, a writer, and (incidentally or not) a Lesbian who would probably be considered Transgendered in today’s understanding. Her writings indicate that she always felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body. Withal, her life attests to grace, faith, fire for the kingdom of God, and great courage. She has been approved for inclusion in TEC’s calendar of saints by General Convention, and her feast day is 1 July.

    • Snacktime's Gravatar Snacktime
      May 13, 2014 - 11:40 am | Permalink

      WOW! WOW! WOW!

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 15, 2014 - 9:56 am | Permalink

      I strongly second Pauli Murray

  33. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    May 13, 2014 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    Macrina (the Younger): In a society where women were expected to marry and have children, Macrina refuses to remarry after her betrothed dies. She stays at home, helping her mom raise her 9 siblings, and she embraces the ascetic life, baking bread (like a servant) and dedicating herself to prayer, vigils, etc. She saves orphans, performs miracles, leads the female part of the family’s double monastery, and has an impact on her brother, Gregory of Nyssa (and, according to Gregory, on Basil the Great, too).
    Gregory of Nazianzus: A fourth century bishop who never wanted to be a leader, Gregory was forced into the episcopate by his father and friend, Basil the Great. Gregory’s theological orations had tremendous impact on Trinitarian and Christological debates at the time, but his love of poetry (which he himself composed) as well as his dedication to his family merit equal consideration. He showed that one can lead the church while still caring for family–a mama’s boy, he cared for his extraordinarily old parents until their death, and he praised his (married!) sister as well as his brother, father, and mother in three splendid funeral orations. He also revealed that theological prowess doesn’t preclude love of art/poetry/beauty. He also could be dramatic! After demonstrating his lack of political acumen at the Council of Constantinople, Gregory practiced silence, not speaking during Lent of 382.

  34. Tristan Holmberg's Gravatar Tristan Holmberg
    May 13, 2014 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    St James of Jerusalem

  35. Tristan Holmberg's Gravatar Tristan Holmberg
    May 13, 2014 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Saint John

    • Snacktime's Gravatar Snacktime
      May 13, 2014 - 11:25 am | Permalink

      Which one?

  36. Carol Anderson's Gravatar Carol Anderson
    May 13, 2014 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    I nominate Hildegard Von Bingen.

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      May 13, 2014 - 12:32 pm | Permalink


    • May 13, 2014 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

      I was just coming here to put in a nomination, so … thirded! I listened to BBC’s Great Lives Podcast a few months ago and they covered her life, which was so interesting, plus her achievements were pretty extraordinary for the time.

  37. MaurineRuby's Gravatar MaurineRuby
    May 13, 2014 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    And Dunstan!

  38. May 13, 2014 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    Some nominations to consider:

    Thomas Aquinas
    John Calvin
    Charles Spurgeon (he would despise such a tournament)

    And finally, one of my favorite preachers and teachers…
    Fulton Sheen

  39. lee's Gravatar lee
    May 13, 2014 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    Lancelot Andrews, John Donne, Hannah More, Dorothy Sayers, Verna Dozier

  40. Tristan Holmberg's Gravatar Tristan Holmberg
    May 13, 2014 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    Bishop Kemper

  41. May 13, 2014 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    John Mason Neale and Margaret of Antioch

  42. Tom Penna's Gravatar Tom Penna
    May 13, 2014 - 10:54 am | Permalink

    Kathy Hartley, Thurgood Marshall is considered a saint with a feast day, no less! And I enthusiastically second his nomination!!!

  43. May 13, 2014 - 10:54 am | Permalink

    Egria (4th century pilgrim)
    Monica (mother of Augustine)
    Marcina the Elder (mother of Basil)
    Macrina the Younger (granddaughter of Macrina the Elder)
    Christine de Pizan
    Margery Kempe
    Marguerite Porete

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      May 13, 2014 - 11:51 am | Permalink

      Second Margery Kempe and Marguerite Porete….

      • JenniferThomasina's Gravatar JenniferThomasina
        May 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

        Yes! Kempe and Porete are fascinating. I’ll “third”!
        I’d have nominated Porete myself but didn’t think she was on anyone’s calendar, what with her ah burning desire to sidestep the authority of the official church of her time and continue telling people about God anyways.

  44. Thomas van Brunt's Gravatar Thomas van Brunt
    May 13, 2014 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see St. Alban, Britain’s first Christian known by name and first martyr. How about one of those unnamed saints in John: The Man Born Blind or The Woman at the Well.

  45. Ivan Corbin's Gravatar Ivan Corbin
    May 13, 2014 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    I should like to nominate Susannah Wesley, mother of this year’s winner Charles and nominee John. Wife of Anglican priest Samuel Wesley and a woman clearly ahead of her time in education and influence, this mother of 19 children was the primary influence in the lives of Charles and John. She also kept the congregations of husband Samuel Wesley moving along when he spent his time in debtors prison. Never at a loss for advice, Susannah even chastised her son John for not allowing circuit riding women to be called preachers. Some of them, she claimed, were better than her beloved John at proclaiming the Gospel. Clearly, without her the Methodist movement may never have had the impact it did.

  46. Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
    May 13, 2014 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Tom Penna, I thank you. I teach US History in high school, and every year I tell me students that my church celebrates Thurgood Marshall, and I share his life story as part of our study of Brown vs Topeka Board of Education. Hopefully the kids are impressed!

    • Tom Penna's Gravatar Tom Penna
      May 13, 2014 - 11:13 am | Permalink

      I’m so pleased to hear of your efforts with your students, Kathy! We hear so much invective these days aimed at public servants. I believe we should be celebrating them! And Thurgood Marshall is an excellent and praiseworthy example.

  47. May 13, 2014 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia, Confessor, and Ecumenist – April 7
    Mary(Molly) Brant (Konwatsijayemi), Witness to the Faith Among Mohawks – April 16
    Jon Hus, Witness and Martyr – July 6
    Hildegard – September 17
    Teresa of Avila, Nun – October 15

    • J's Gravatar J
      May 13, 2014 - 11:32 am | Permalink

      Therese of Avila, “nun”? Just nun? She is a doctor of the church!

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      May 13, 2014 - 11:36 am | Permalink

      Mary Brant, yeah!

  48. May 13, 2014 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    I humbly propose for your consideration:
    Frances Joseph Gaudet
    St Thomas the Apostle
    Thomas a Kempis

  49. Mary W. Cox's Gravatar Mary W. Cox
    May 13, 2014 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich

  50. Jan Robitscher's Gravatar Jan Robitscher
    May 13, 2014 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    I nominate Alban–First English Martyr. I believe he would stand bravely against any bracketorial (saintly) adversary.

  51. Emily Correll's Gravatar Emily Correll
    May 13, 2014 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Sojourner Truth (my favorite heroine)
    John Donne
    James Weldon Johnson
    Jan Hus
    Washington Gladden
    Count von Zinzendorf (for my supposed Moravian ancestors.

  52. May 13, 2014 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Paul Tillich. I hope the Supreme Executive Committee will consider this.

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      May 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm | Permalink


  53. Bev's Gravatar Bev
    May 13, 2014 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Venerable Bede
    Francis of Assisi
    St. George
    Roger of Taize
    John Wycliffe
    William Tyndale
    J.R.R. Tolkien (yes I am serious)
    Margery Kempe
    Brigid of Kildare
    St. Swithun
    George Fox
    Edith Stein
    Meister Eckhart
    Hildegard of Bingen
    St. Anne the mother of Mary

    I also support the many who would add Fred Rogers.

  54. May 13, 2014 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    I’d like to nominate Paul Tillich. I hope the Supreme Executive Committee will carefully consider this nomination.

  55. Carol Mannchen's Gravatar Carol Mannchen
    May 13, 2014 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    I see several names up above that I would consider voting for. Here are my nominations:
    1. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    2. Martin Luther
    3. Mother Theresa

    I consider Walt Disney and Jim Hensen to be saints, but doubt they have been canonized by anybody.

  56. Matt Stone's Gravatar Matt Stone
    May 13, 2014 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    St. Francis of Assisi. Come on folks!

  57. Carol Virginia's Gravatar Carol Virginia
    May 13, 2014 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    Well, we’ve talked about Fred Rogers, so, lets do it. And why not include his friend to be his neighbor on the list…Fr. Charles Cesaretti.

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 13, 2014 - 11:17 am | Permalink

      Yes indeed

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 13, 2014 - 11:21 am | Permalink

      Yes indeed, and thank you Carol. Excellent idea.

  58. Greg Grasselena's Gravatar Greg Grasselena
    May 13, 2014 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    John Donne

  59. Charlie Houghton's Gravatar Charlie Houghton
    May 13, 2014 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich

  60. Rich Wisniewski, Deacon's Gravatar Rich Wisniewski, Deacon
    May 13, 2014 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    How about St. Stephen, Deacon and first Christian martyr.

    • May 15, 2014 - 4:28 pm | Permalink

      Second!! Second!! Second!! (And of course no connection to my serving a church named St. Stephen’s…!)

  61. Bob Limpert's Gravatar Bob Limpert
    May 13, 2014 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    Nicholas Ferrar
    Bishop Edward King of Lincoln
    Saint Panteleimon. one of the holy unmercenary physicians (July 27)
    Saint Nicholas of Myra

    • Bob Limpert's Gravatar Bob Limpert
      May 13, 2014 - 11:23 am | Permalink

      Being very new to this I haven’t a clue what “Your comment is awaiting moderation” means.

      • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
        May 13, 2014 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

        It means, dear friend in Christ, that the SEC is going to have a look-see @ your comment before posting but hey I’ve been wrong before…….

  62. Melody's Gravatar Melody
    May 13, 2014 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    Monica (mother of Augustine)

  63. Anna Courie's Gravatar Anna Courie
    May 13, 2014 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    Pope John Paul II

  64. J's Gravatar J
    May 13, 2014 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    I see my favorite saint of all time, Jonathan Daniels, is ineligible. So I propose a couple of other favorites, Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich, both smart women. Hildegard was named by Pope B
    Ein edict a doctor of the church, in 2012. About time.
    As for Julian, I found a revealing essay by a recent biographer/translator, here:
    Definitely intend to pick up her book!

  65. Katrina Soto's Gravatar Katrina Soto
    May 13, 2014 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    Eleanor Roosevelt.

  66. WebFoot's Gravatar WebFoot
    May 13, 2014 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    Oohh, I hadn’t thought of St. Swithun. He should get a turn

    I also support Pauli Murray and suggest Elisabeth of Hungary.

  67. Shelley Rowland's Gravatar Shelley Rowland
    May 13, 2014 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    I nominate John Muir and Francis of Assisi.

    • Nan Miller's Gravatar Nan Miller
      May 14, 2014 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

      a good pair, Muir and Francis of Assisi

  68. Claudia Horner's Gravatar Claudia Horner
    May 13, 2014 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich, please, please, please!

    • Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
      May 13, 2014 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

      As an affiliate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, I’d add several more PLEASEs.

  69. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    May 13, 2014 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    Spending time with Theresa of Avilla, I’m convinced that she should become the patron saint of Attention Deficit Disorder and Fibromyalgia. Though most folk with this combination of difficulties are never able to achieve in conventional ways, I think she deserves a shot.

  70. May 13, 2014 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    Josephine Butler, on the CofE calendar was an amazing woman for her and any other time, 1828-1906. Before women had the vote she, CoE clergy spouse, abhorred “the sin” and yet among other things she was a tireless advocate on behalf of prostitutes held nearly captive by oppressive “health” laws which she said in a public forum were akin to “surgical rape” and a double standard which led to the laws being repealed. She’s on the CoE calendar Lesser Feasts for May 30 and Dec 30. She said that “God and one woman make a majority.” Please just read her bio even if not nominated. She well deserves to be known better.

  71. May 13, 2014 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    Here are my thoughts for contenders for 2015 Golden Halo:
    The “alive and well” Pope Francis
    The Rt. Rev. William Hobart Hare
    Any of the writers of the Gospels that have not been contenders
    Frederick Douglass
    Wm. Mayo
    Chas. Menninger

    • JenniferThomasina's Gravatar JenniferThomasina
      May 13, 2014 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

      Is there a rule about nominations being only singleton?
      I would really like to vote for Team Enmegahbowh: the man himself AND his get ‘er done lady Iron Sky Woman. For clergy spouses everywhere.

  72. Jude's Gravatar Jude
    May 13, 2014 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    St. Madeline Sophie Barat, R.S.C.J. One of my favorites (I named my daughter after her).

    • Jude's Gravatar Jude
      May 13, 2014 - 11:31 am | Permalink

      And St. Jude.

      I also second Julian of Norwich!

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 13, 2014 - 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Hey Jude(sorry about that, I couldn’t resist quoting the Beatles!), good nomination! My mom named me for the same saint only I got the french spelling. C’est la vie.

  73. Jason's Gravatar Jason
    May 13, 2014 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Paul of Tarsus
    Jan Huss
    The Venerable Bede
    St. Columba
    Joan of Arc
    Jane Addams

    • Ann's Gravatar Ann
      May 13, 2014 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Joan of Arc, also Anne Frank and G. F. Handel.

  74. Calvin Haas's Gravatar Calvin Haas
    May 13, 2014 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich – Can hardly believe she was never nominated or won long since.

  75. May 13, 2014 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    St. Bernadette of Lourdes.

    And lovely purple tee-shirts. I promise to buy one, maybe two.

    • glenda's Gravatar glenda
      May 13, 2014 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

      For sure !

  76. Jason's Gravatar Jason
    May 13, 2014 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Also St. George

  77. Snacktime's Gravatar Snacktime
    May 13, 2014 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Susanna Wesley
    The Venerable Bede
    Fred Rogers

    • Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
      May 13, 2014 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Yes yes yes!

  78. May 13, 2014 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    Polycarp, my alltime favorite
    Brigid of Ireland
    Francis of Assisi

  79. Weatherly Verhelst's Gravatar Weatherly Verhelst
    May 13, 2014 - 11:40 am | Permalink

    I would nominate (humbly): Frances Willard, Ida B. Wells, and Jane Addams.
    Wonderful nominations so far. Lent Madness 2015 will be great. Thanks for this special Lenten devotional, which is both fun and inspirational.

  80. Dana's Gravatar Dana
    May 13, 2014 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    I nominate, or second the nominations of:
    Philander Chase
    Paul Jones
    Prodence Crandall
    And remembering all those who have been kidnapped in Nigeria,
    nominate one who was, also: Samuel Ajayi Crowther

  81. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    May 13, 2014 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    St. Bede- It’s time to bring sexy back

    • JenniferThomasina's Gravatar JenniferThomasina
      May 13, 2014 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Pair him with Mechthilde of Magdeburg and no one will get any rest…!

  82. Rob's Gravatar Rob
    May 13, 2014 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    Maximillian Kolbe
    Tikhon of Moscow
    Elizabeth Seton
    Ananias (the one who visited Paul when he was blind)
    Dame Julian of Norwich
    William Tyndale

  83. Renee Roederer's Gravatar Renee Roederer
    May 13, 2014 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    My nominations would include Fred Rogers, Sojourner Truth, and Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries (<— Can they still be alive? Probably not. Well, Father G gets a good mention at least).

  84. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    May 13, 2014 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    Absalom Jones

  85. Anne Burton's Gravatar Anne Burton
    May 13, 2014 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    I nominate St. Hugh of Lincoln. Because he’s the patron saint of managers (which I are one), and he spoke up against the authority of the day.

  86. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    May 13, 2014 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    Oh, but if we can nominate other church’s saints I nominate: Thérèse of Lisieux (The Little Flower)

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 15, 2014 - 10:05 am | Permalink

      Yes, I was surprised and disappointed to discover that Therese of Lisieux (one of the three women who are doctors of the Catholic Church) is no where to be found on the Episcopal calendar. The Little Way that she articulated has meant so much to me.

  87. Lee Rowe's Gravatar Lee Rowe
    May 13, 2014 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    St. George! Patron saint of England, Greece, and other countries of note.

  88. May 13, 2014 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    NOW they tell us they have Charles Wesley tote bags! That would have been infinitely more useful than the two mugs I ordered. What to do?

    BUT–now for my nomination: Hildegard von Bingen!

    • Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
      May 13, 2014 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Hildegard, definitely, even if we have to chant it!

      • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
        May 14, 2014 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

        I agree with this one for sure. Hildegard!! and of course Fred Rogers. And kevin of Ireland

        • Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
          May 14, 2014 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

          Of course, Kevin of Ireland!!

  89. Jayne's Gravatar Jayne
    May 13, 2014 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    I would like to nominate:

    Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980)
    The Martyrs of Uganda (1886)

    • Heather C's Gravatar Heather C
      May 15, 2014 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately, Saint Romero got robbed last year – I don’t think he is eligible for a couple years now.

  90. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 13, 2014 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    And how about St. Photine of Samaria – the “woman at the well” in the Gospel of John? She has a whole backstory in the Orthodox Churches (, including five sisters and two sons; in that story she travels to Carthage to evangelize and is eventually martyred under Nero. She’s called “the First Evangelist” for her actions in that story; her name means “enlightened one.”

    (While we’re at it, maybe another Evangelist this year? Mark hasn’t been nominated, I don’t think…..)

    • Robert Kent's Gravatar Robert Kent
      May 13, 2014 - 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Good nomination!

  91. John Rovell's Gravatar John Rovell
    May 13, 2014 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I nominate St. Anne. She was on the list last year but she is not on the ineligible list. Jesus’ Grandma deserves a second chance!

  92. Freeman Gilbert's Gravatar Freeman Gilbert
    May 13, 2014 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    My two cats, Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker Gilbert and Anna Livia Plurabelle Gilbert, respectfully submit St. Gertrude of Nivelles, patron saint of cats for nomination. Their little hearts were so disappointed this year that she wasn’t in the bracket.
    My nominations are John Muir, St Augustine of Canterbury, and Hildegard of Bingen.

  93. Ali Philip's Gravatar Ali Philip
    May 13, 2014 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I second (third?) Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila. I also second Fred Rogers and Oscar Romero. And I nominate Hadewijch.

  94. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    May 13, 2014 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    My nominations are St. George, Patron Saint of England, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Thank you.

  95. Bindy Snyder's Gravatar Bindy Snyder
    May 13, 2014 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Constance and Her Companions:
    Ruth, Thecla, Frances, Hughetta, Louis and Charles

  96. Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
    May 13, 2014 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Yes to Fred Rogers.
    Also Sojourner Truth adn Frederick Douglass.
    And Venerable Bede — all right, I have mentioned him before. But he is worth mentioning him again.

  97. Christina+'s Gravatar Christina+
    May 13, 2014 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Elizabeth Seton

  98. Peter Larson's Gravatar Peter Larson
    May 13, 2014 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Martin Luther
    Philip Melanchton
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Abraham Lincoln

  99. Francis's Gravatar Francis
    May 13, 2014 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    St. Francis of Assisi, please.

    • Jack West's Gravatar Jack West
      May 13, 2014 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

      I agree,, St. Francis of Assisi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. kenneth Cook's Gravatar kenneth Cook
    May 13, 2014 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    How about Walter Raushenbusch/Adoniram Judson/Roger Williams

  101. Christina+'s Gravatar Christina+
    May 13, 2014 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Damien of Molokai

    • Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
      May 13, 2014 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

      I second Damien of Molokai.

  102. Ann Garvin's Gravatar Ann Garvin
    May 13, 2014 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Florence Nightingale
    St. Andrew
    Thea Bowman
    Mary Breckinridge

    • Ann Garvin's Gravatar Ann Garvin
      May 13, 2014 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

      and Queen Elizabeth I of England — we wouldn’t be Anglicans without her!

      • Ann Garvin's Gravatar Ann Garvin
        May 13, 2014 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

        St. Martin de Porres
        St. Rose of Lima
        Madeleine l’Engle

        • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
          May 13, 2014 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

          Greetings Ann, good call. I’m embarrassed that in my enthusiasm over you-know-who, I clean forgot not only the Queen her ownself, but our own dear St. Andrew. Sheeeesh! See you Sunday.
          From one of the choristers to one of our best acolytes,
          I remain,
          Very embarrassed,

        • Ann Garvin's Gravatar Ann Garvin
          May 14, 2014 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

          Elizabeth Huntington Dyer, the first woman lay deputy to General Convention in 1946. Pauli Murray. Frances Willard.

          • Ann Garvin's Gravatar Ann Garvin
            May 15, 2014 - 8:46 am | Permalink


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  103. Cynthia's Gravatar Cynthia
    May 13, 2014 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Edith Cavell

  104. Toni Percival's Gravatar Toni Percival
    May 13, 2014 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Eliza Shirley, who at the age of 16 brought the Salvation Army to the United States (Philadelphia) from England. While the Salvation Army doesn’t have a church calendar, I don’t think, she is an important figure in the history of the S.A.

  105. Charles R. Crawley's Gravatar Charles R. Crawley
    May 13, 2014 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Toyohiko Kagawa, Gregory the Illuminator (in honor of 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide in 2015), Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Walter Rauschenbusch, Andrei Rublev

  106. Rose Mahan's Gravatar Rose Mahan
    May 13, 2014 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate John Woolman, the American “Quaker Saint.” Also the priest-poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. I would agree to Fred Rogers. Many others are good, too, but I didn’t see Woolman or Hopkins among the nominees so far.

  107. J.B.'s Gravatar J.B.
    May 13, 2014 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Hildegard of Bingen
    Henri Nouwen
    Damien of Molokai for sure!!

  108. Evelyn Piety's Gravatar Evelyn Piety
    May 13, 2014 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I have two nominations from the pages of Holy Women, Holy Men:

    Adelaide Teague Case, (commemoration on July 19), outstanding Christian educator and the first woman professor in an Episcopal or Anglican seminary.

    Lillian Hunt Trasher (commemoration on December 19), known as “Mother of the Nile” in caring for nearly 25,000 Egyptian orphans over the course of half a century, with virtually her sole source of support her cheerful and unwavering faith in the grace of God. She could be considered the “poster child” for Matthew 6:25 ff.

  109. May 13, 2014 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    St. Brigid of Kildare
    St. Teresa of Avila
    St. Hildegard of Bingen
    St. Gertrude
    Deborah (Judges 4–5)

  110. Linda Brown's Gravatar Linda Brown
    May 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Second the nomination of Bp Jackson Kemper!

    Also, Mary Sumner, founder of the Mothers’ Union, which began in her husband’s parish of Old Alresford in Hampshire, eventually spreading to the Diocese of Winchester, then through dioceses in Great Britain, and ultimately into the British Empire, most notably in Canada, India, and New Zealand. It was both a simple idea (calling mothers together to offer mutual support) and also a radical one (mixing social classes and identifying motherhood as a profession of great importance). She remained president of the Mothers’ Union well into her 90s, and was instrumental in using the Mothers’ Union to rebuild Britain after WWI. She is commemorated on the liturgical calendars of a number of provinces of the Anglican Communion on August 9.

  111. Jocelyn Bell's Gravatar Jocelyn Bell
    May 13, 2014 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Richard Allen; Paul Jones; Harriet Starr Cannon; George Kennedy Allen Bell

  112. Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
    May 13, 2014 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    David Pendleton Oakerhater
    Gregor Mendel – i know he’s not on any calendar, but he should be!
    John Muir
    Vida Dutton Scudder

  113. May 13, 2014 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious – for what do you use the money gathered from the sale of all those saintly items ?

  114. Virginia's Gravatar Virginia
    May 13, 2014 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Brendan the Navigator

  115. Jean's Gravatar Jean
    May 13, 2014 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Fred Rogers, please. Pedro Arrupe. Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Is Florence
    Nightingale eligible?

  116. Will Westerfield's Gravatar Will Westerfield
    May 13, 2014 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    My nominees (Science has been woefully underrepresented in the past
    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
    Nicolaus Copernicus, and Johannes Kepler
    Dorothy Hodgins
    Marie and Pierre Curie

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      May 15, 2014 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Second them all

  117. Louise's Gravatar Louise
    May 13, 2014 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I take comfort from the writings of two saintly women:

    St Julian of Norwich…”and all manner of things shall be well”
    St Therese of Lisieux … “May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be…”

    AND….both of these will have a plethora of kitsch for added fun and reflection!

  118. Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
    May 13, 2014 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Etheldreda, the namesake of the SHN nun who instructed me in Anglicanism lo these many years ago!
    Also, Esther and Judith, valiant Old Testament women.

  119. Patti Blaine's Gravatar Patti Blaine
    May 13, 2014 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Jacob Riis

  120. Adrienne's Gravatar Adrienne
    May 13, 2014 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    John Mason Neale, founder of the Society of St. Margaret and prolific translator and hymnal-contributor

  121. May 13, 2014 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Have you ever considered St. Columba who began the abbey on Iona?
    And perhaps a female nun from the Iona nunnery though I do not know any names … maybe others do.

  122. Melodie Woerman's Gravatar Melodie Woerman
    May 13, 2014 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Bishop Jackson Kemper. As the Episcopal Church’s first missionary bishop, his jurisdiction eventually covered Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska. He was the presider at conventions that created several Midwestern dioceses, before he became Bishop of Wisconsin, where he founded additional institutions. He’s also the namesake of the new Bishop Kemper School for Ministry educating lay people and clergy for four dioceses that he helped create about 150 years ago.

  123. glenda's Gravatar glenda
    May 13, 2014 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    St George patron saint of England

  124. Jill Cox's Gravatar Jill Cox
    May 13, 2014 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I nominate John Muir!

  125. Robert Kent's Gravatar Robert Kent
    May 13, 2014 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    St. Raphael of Brooklyn! The Christians from/in the Middle East are widely unknown/misunderstood in the West (who knows why?). St. Raphael helped establish the first orthodox churches in America for Middle Eastern immigrants to this country. Today the Christian community in The Holy Land/Middle East is rapidly shrinking for a variety of reason – all the more reason to include St. Raphael. See more here:

  126. Lee Pierce's Gravatar Lee Pierce
    May 13, 2014 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

    More Celtic saints-Patrick, Cuthbert, Columba
    Matthew and Mark

  127. Kelsey Young's Gravatar Kelsey Young
    May 13, 2014 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Madeleine L’Engle

    • Ann Garvin's Gravatar Ann Garvin
      May 13, 2014 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Yes! thank you — I was trying to remember her!

    • Corinne Stover's Gravatar Corinne Stover
      May 13, 2014 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

      I second Madeleine L’Engle.

      • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
        May 13, 2014 - 7:25 pm | Permalink

        Me too. “a wrinkle in time” was decades ahead of its time!(plus how many authors have the same name, with the same spelling, as yours truly?)

  128. Shirley D. Stahl's Gravatar Shirley D. Stahl
    May 13, 2014 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    For Lent Madness, 2015, consider including Dame Julian of Norwich.

  129. Patsy's Gravatar Patsy
    May 13, 2014 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Verna Dozier, long time school teacher, lay preacher and theologian who espoused social justice before it was a buzz word. I heard her speak once and was highly moved by her message.

  130. Sandra Mueller's Gravatar Sandra Mueller
    May 13, 2014 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Canon David Gibson of Chicago, Illinois
    In the 50’s he was studied as a saint in our Sunday School curriculum. I met him in his church when I was little. My mother told me he had been a business man and then felt God calling him to the priesthood and that when he prayed for someone he prayed until he got an answer to his prayers. He was known and well loved by people who needed guidance and help.

  131. Rebecca D.'s Gravatar Rebecca D.
    May 13, 2014 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Teresa of Avila

  132. Jenny's Gravatar Jenny
    May 13, 2014 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

    St. Kinga aka Cunegunda–what an awesome name!
    Henry Suso (carved Jesus’s name on his chest)
    Peter Verona (is depicted with an axe in his head)
    Henri Nouwen
    Josephine Bakhita
    Kateri Tekakwitha
    Isaac Jogues

  133. Sally Johnson's Gravatar Sally Johnson
    May 13, 2014 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Once again I recommend St. Fiacre. He is one of the Irish monks who “Saved Civilization” by bringing Christian knowledge back to the European continent during the Dark Ages, in his case, to France. He is often depicted with a shovel propped before him, and is considered a patron saint of gardeners. Great legends, great kitch. Check him out!

  134. May 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Gregory Palamas, Maximus the Confessor

  135. Loretta Russell Hoffmann's Gravatar Loretta Russell Hoffmann
    May 13, 2014 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Saint James of Jerusalem. I am not certain, but, I thought he ran the first church council, The Council of Jerusalem. He died a martyr.

  136. May 13, 2014 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Dear SEC,

    – The Blessed Virgin Mary,
    – Saint John the Evangelist,

    And why not put a Canadian on the Bracket this year like:
    – Archbishop Robert Machray, first Primate of all Canada
    – Bishop Charles Inglis, first Bishop in British North America

  137. Jocelyn Bell's Gravatar Jocelyn Bell
    May 13, 2014 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Kateri Tekawitha

  138. mary w's Gravatar mary w
    May 13, 2014 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

    So, I’m confused. Is Fred Rogers’ dog eligible or not?

  139. jolene's Gravatar jolene
    May 13, 2014 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Verna Dozier

  140. Allen Laughlin's Gravatar Allen Laughlin
    May 13, 2014 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Mary Flannery O’Conner who wrote some of the deepest and thought provoking Christian Fiction of the 20th century while in the final throws of the insidious disease Lupus. She passed at age 39 after providing a great body of work.

  141. Lynette's Gravatar Lynette
    May 13, 2014 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    St Teresa of Avila
    Hildegarde of Bingen

  142. David Whip's Gravatar David Whip
    May 13, 2014 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Augustine of Hippo

  143. Constance Castillo's Gravatar Constance Castillo
    May 13, 2014 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    St. Hydroc

  144. Therese Chaplin's Gravatar Therese Chaplin
    May 13, 2014 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    St. Therese of Lisieux

  145. Andres Gunher's Gravatar Andres Gunher
    May 13, 2014 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Candidates I would like to see:
    Cesar Auguste Franck (not a saint, but was a great and very devout church musician)
    St. Caecilia, patroness of the musicians
    St. John Paul II
    St. Christophorus (or Christopher)

    respectfully submitted,

  146. May 13, 2014 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Michelangelo, Toyohiko Kagawa, Philipp Melanchthon, Jan Hus, Dag Hammarskjöld, Katharina von Bora Luther, Martyrs of Japan

  147. Andres Gunther's Gravatar Andres Gunther
    May 13, 2014 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I want to add:
    St. Benedict! Ora et labora!

  148. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 13, 2014 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Priscilla, aka “Prisca” (July 8 on the RC calendar)
    Brigid (Feb 2)
    Julian of Norwich (May 8)
    John Donne (March 31)
    Isaac Watts (November 26)
    Thurgood Marshall (May 17)
    John Woolman (Quakers don’t have calendars, but he would be on it if they did.)
    Harriet Starr (May 7)

  149. Andres Gunther's Gravatar Andres Gunther
    May 13, 2014 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I want to add:
    St. Benedict! Ora et labora!

  150. Debbi Rodahaffer's Gravatar Debbi Rodahaffer
    May 13, 2014 - 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Sister Emily Cooper, Deaconess, who named and baptized children who would have been forgotten. She was named the director of The Home of the Innocents in Louisville, Kentucky in 1880 by the Bishop of Kentucky, Benjamin Bosworth Smith. The Home was a place for the care of sick, abandoned or abused children. Many children were abandoned there, unnamed. She gave each of these children Christian names and assisted at the baptisms of 244 children. (From Holy Women, Holy Men – March 28)

  151. May 13, 2014 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. I think his fans could generate a little heat in the competition.

  152. Kathleen Sheehy's Gravatar Kathleen Sheehy
    May 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Well, I don’t exactly know what a sanctoral calendar is, but I nominate Clarence Jordan – if he isn’t on such a calendar he should be! Clarence founded Koinonia Farm, an interracial Christian community – in Georgia in the 1940s. As you can imagine, much persecution ensued. Clarence also translated much of the New Testament into a version called Cotton Patch. Through Clarence’s inspiration, Habitat for Humanity eventually came about.

  153. Martha's Gravatar Martha
    May 13, 2014 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Elizabeth of Hungary
    Pope John 23rd
    St. Nicholas
    St. Isaac Jogues
    Pope Francis (Do you have to be dead?)
    Damien of Molokai
    Kateri Tekakwitha
    Brendan the Navigator
    St. Norbert
    St. Juan Diego
    Coach K from Duke University! (JK)

  154. May 13, 2014 - 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I nominate a few obscure saints: Serafina of San Gimignano, San Galgano. Serafina had visions and San Galgano gave up knighthood, slamming his sword into a stone. I don’t have time right now to give you all the background on these two, but I’ll send it later when I’m not at my secular job.

    Pax et bonum,

  155. Alec Clement's Gravatar Alec Clement
    May 13, 2014 - 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Suggest Dr. Paul Farmer–What he did in Haiti and continues to do has all the marks of Sainthood.

  156. Robert E. Walden's Gravatar Robert E. Walden
    May 13, 2014 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    St. Francis of Assisi
    St. Columba
    St. Waldef of Northumbria
    St. Barnabus

  157. Gary Goldacker's Gravatar Gary Goldacker
    May 13, 2014 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells who stood up faithfully to monarchs and even his fellow Non-Jurors, but especially for giving us “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” without which we would be unable to receiving offerings in the Episcopal Church. (As part of the hymn, “All praise to thee, my God, this night”)

  158. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    May 13, 2014 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Well shut the Front Door, I am impressed by the nominations I’ve seen here!
    See, I’m not as single-minded as the SEC thinks I am, another nomination that comes to mind is St. Drogo. Among other things, he was capable of tending his flocks AND being at church. Simultaneously. No really!
    So, in addition to You Know Who, I nominate St. Drogo.
    Peace out,

  159. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    May 13, 2014 - 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Florence Nightingale

  160. Edward Rhodes's Gravatar Edward Rhodes
    May 13, 2014 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    St. Thomas the Apostle — popular for all of us with occasional doubts.

    And for the children in all of us, Good King Wenceslaus.

  161. Susan Laqson's Gravatar Susan Laqson
    May 13, 2014 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Dame Julian of Norwich

  162. aleathia (dolores)nicholson's Gravatar aleathia (dolores)nicholson
    May 13, 2014 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

    The Right Reverends: Irving Mayson, John Burgess

    The Reverends: Fred Williams, Quin Gordon, Alexander Crummell, Tollie Caution, Adolpho Birch, Bravid Harris

  163. Laura Dejmek, OP's Gravatar Laura Dejmek, OP
    May 13, 2014 - 5:38 pm | Permalink

    St. Pope John XXIII
    St. Pope Paul VI (to be canonized Oct., 2014)
    St. Pope John Paul. (John could vs. Paul with a winner possibly going against John Paul
    St. George (to go against St. John Paul–3 of the Beatles’ names)
    St. Jude
    St. Theresa of Avila vs St. Therese of Lisieux ( “Big” Therese versus “”Little” Therese)
    St. Patrick
    St. Patricia
    St. Francis of Assisi vs. St. France’s Cabrini
    St. Laura
    Julian of Norwich
    St. Bernadette Souborous
    St. Peter (of the Bible) [1st Pope in Roman Catholic tradition–against other Pope saints could cause some holy angst]
    Or could have St. Peter vs. St. Paul
    St. Dominic
    St. Felicity

  164. Edward's Gravatar Edward
    May 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

    St. Genesius, patron saint of actors

    • May 15, 2014 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Second this one too! Used to have a St. Genesius medal back when I was involved in theatre

  165. Pam's Gravatar Pam
    May 13, 2014 - 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Teresa of Avila
    Teresa of Lisieux
    Julian of Norwich
    St Stephen
    Hildegard von Bingen
    St Brigid
    Tom Dooley
    St Ignasius
    St Helen (mother of Constantine)
    St Francis of Assisi

  166. A Franz's Gravatar A Franz
    May 13, 2014 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    So glad someone finally nominated Benedict of Nursia, so definitely second that one, as well as:
    Francis of Assisi

    And how about Caedmon, for all the poets out there.

  167. Jean Abbe's Gravatar Jean Abbe
    May 13, 2014 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Two great hymn translators: Catherine Winkworth, translator of hundreds of German hymns (Jesus Priceless Treasure; Now Thank We All Our God; Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of Creation) and John Mason Neale, hundreds of Latin hymns (O Come O Come Emmanuel; Good Christian Friends Rejoice; All Glory Laud and Honor). They share July 1st as feast day in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Without them our hymnals would be thinner and poorer.

  168. Gale Grey's Gravatar Gale Grey
    May 13, 2014 - 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Saint Simeon of Jerusalem
    Thecla (Ancient Greek: Θέκλα) was a saint of the early Christian Church, and a reported follower of Paul the Apostle
    Salome (Hebrew: שלומית, Shelomit), was a follower of Jesus. Her feast day in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church is October 22 [9] and in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod on August 3 with Joanna and Mary
    Miriam -sister of Moses & Aaron

  169. Athanasios Stama's Gravatar Athanasios Stama
    May 13, 2014 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I think an ultimate nomination for Lent is St. John Climacus.
    Athanasios (Athanasius) the Great aka of Alexandria
    St. Damien of Molokai
    St. John the 23rd

  170. Jessica's Gravatar Jessica
    May 13, 2014 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    The Sanctified Seven:
    1. Julian of Norwich (Anglican)
    2. Hildegard of Bingen (Roman Catholic)
    3. Oskar Schindler (Orthodox Catholic Church of America)
    4. Thérèse of Lisieux (Roman Catholic)
    5. Christina Rossetti (Anglican)
    6. Joan of Arc (Roman Catholic)
    7. Scholastica (Roman Catholic)

  171. Rhee's Gravatar Rhee
    May 13, 2014 - 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I second the nominations of Francis of Assisi and Martin of Tours, and respectfully suggest ST. NICHOLAS of Myra.

  172. Corinne Stover's Gravatar Corinne Stover
    May 13, 2014 - 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I second nomination of Madeleine L’Engle

  173. Corinne Stover's Gravatar Corinne Stover
    May 13, 2014 - 6:57 pm | Permalink


  174. Rufus's Gravatar Rufus
    May 13, 2014 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Richard Meux Benson, founder, Society of St, John the Evangelist (SSJE)
    William Porcher DuBose, theologian
    St. Bernadette, visionary (Our Lady of Lourdes)
    St. Juan Diego, visionary (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

  175. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    May 13, 2014 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Anna Pauline Murray … But, “All will be well” if Jullian of Norwich is nominated!

  176. Allen Laughlin's Gravatar Allen Laughlin
    May 13, 2014 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Without any attempt at justification, five names is excessive, ten names is outrageous, fifteen names with only sixtyfour total in a bracket is only gumming the works. This is supposed to be fun but do some homework.

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      May 13, 2014 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

      From the article itself: “Also, please note that the saints you nominate should be in the sanctoral calendar of one or more churches.” In other words, we’re talking about people who’ve already been declared saints.

      Which means that “justification” isn’t really necessary; the main object here is to learn more about the saints of the church. Many of these people are from very distant times and places, and Lent Madness helps bring their names and lives back to our consciousness – which is a very good thing, I think.

      And, yes: it’s fun.

  177. Michele's Gravatar Michele
    May 13, 2014 - 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Francis of Assisi
    Anne Hutchinson
    John Donne
    Julian of Norwich
    Joan of arc
    Roger Williams

  178. Kelsey's Gravatar Kelsey
    May 13, 2014 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Thea Bowman all the way!

    Also, St. Elizabeth of Hungary

  179. Beth Parab's Gravatar Beth Parab
    May 13, 2014 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Edith Stein of Germany
    St Brigid of Kildare

  180. Lois Keen's Gravatar Lois Keen
    May 13, 2014 - 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Saint Seraphim.

    Seraphim of Sarov – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Saint Seraphim of Sarov (Russian: Серафим Саровский) (1 August [O.S. 19 July] 17…See More

  181. Corey's Gravatar Corey
    May 13, 2014 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Julie Billiart!
    To appeal to Scott and Forward Movement’s hometown, she founded the sisters of Mount Notre Dame de Namur, who, upon sending sisters to the United States, based themselves in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Also Julian of Norwich, Elizabeth of Hungary, Cecilia, and the Dorchester Chaplains.

  182. linda's Gravatar linda
    May 13, 2014 - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    why does it keep saying “leave a reply to RHEE”? anyway- as always FRED ROGERS,,,and PLEASE no POPE contest. i would NEVER, as an Episcopalian in good standing since birth, walk around with a Pope mug or tote.

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 13, 2014 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Linda, I hear you loud and clear(and I was Catholic for 23 years, I’m a born-again Anglican and completely happy to be so)!

  183. May 13, 2014 - 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    • Harry Moncelle's Gravatar Harry Moncelle
      May 13, 2014 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Yes! I think FDR would be a grand choice, also Winston Churchill

  184. May 13, 2014 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Two, please. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.

  185. Monica's Gravatar Monica
    May 13, 2014 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Anselm of Canterbury/Aosta/Bec
    Any active or retired servicemember should be able to appreciate a saint with multiple “addresses”

  186. Harry Moncelle's Gravatar Harry Moncelle
    May 13, 2014 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Two come to mind, Pope John 23rd, and Fred Rogers

  187. Harry Moncelle's Gravatar Harry Moncelle
    May 13, 2014 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I just remembered another worthy candidate: Albert Switzer

  188. May 13, 2014 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
    Aidan of Lindisfarne
    Columba of Iona
    Notice the pattern?

  189. Beth K.'s Gravatar Beth K.
    May 13, 2014 - 9:27 pm | Permalink

    In addition to Hildegard, St. Paschal–patron saint of those of us who cook.

  190. Denise Bell's Gravatar Denise Bell
    May 13, 2014 - 9:41 pm | Permalink

    St. Jarlath – was an Irish priest and scholar from Connacht, remembered as the founder of the monastic School of Tuam and patron saint of the Archdiocese of Tuam.
    St. Brigid of Kildare
    St. Hildegard of Bingen… who described herself as a “feather on the breath of God”.

  191. Sarah P.'s Gravatar Sarah P.
    May 13, 2014 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    St. Brigid of Kildare
    Hildegard von Bingen
    Fred Rogers
    Anne and Joachim – grandparents of Jesus
    St. Joseph
    St. Cecilia
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    St. Nicholas of Myra
    Madeleine L’Engle

  192. Sarah P.'s Gravatar Sarah P.
    May 13, 2014 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Christina Rossetti

  193. Bill Hardwick's Gravatar Bill Hardwick
    May 13, 2014 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Saint John XXIII

  194. May 13, 2014 - 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Elizabeth of Hungary
    Joseph, the father of Jesus
    Mary Townsend

  195. May 13, 2014 - 11:01 pm | Permalink

    A pair of obscureish, twin saints: Sergius and Bacchus (Oct 7 in the Orthodox Church) might be an interesting one for people to learn more about.

  196. Tonya Eza's Gravatar Tonya Eza
    May 13, 2014 - 11:03 pm | Permalink

    How about John Paul II? Wasn’t he just officially made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church? I also nominate Queen Elizabeth I of England.

  197. Oobbeachbum's Gravatar Oobbeachbum
    May 13, 2014 - 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Archangel St. Rapheal! He answered my prayers and brought me my wife!

  198. mary-elise haug's Gravatar mary-elise haug
    May 13, 2014 - 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Martha Washington, who could be in holy women, holy men based on her faith practices and the role it played in her life.

  199. May 13, 2014 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Anselm of Canterbury; faith seeking understanding FTW!

  200. Sue Flexer's Gravatar Sue Flexer
    May 14, 2014 - 12:35 am | Permalink

    Definitely one of my favorite saints: Dame Julian of Norwich and also Saint Teresa of Avila both of whom are written up most indearingly in Carol Lee Flinders great book: Enduring
    Grace subtitled Living Portraits of of Women Mystics (1993).

  201. Sally's Gravatar Sally
    May 14, 2014 - 12:44 am | Permalink

    Enmegahbowh, the first Native American to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in the United States.
    Bishop Henry Whipple, the first Episcopal Bishop in Minnesota, a humanitarian and an advocate for Native Americans.
    Father Damien of Moloka’i, known for his ministry to people with leprosy who were quarantined on the island of Moloka’i in Hawaii.

  202. Geo's Gravatar Geo
    May 14, 2014 - 1:27 am | Permalink

    Edith Stein

  203. Katy O'Callaghan's Gravatar Katy O'Callaghan
    May 14, 2014 - 2:14 am | Permalink

    St. Bridget. Her feast day is February 1st.

  204. Jane C's Gravatar Jane C
    May 14, 2014 - 2:45 am | Permalink

    BROTHER LAWRENCE – interesting fellow: sought a place where he could suffer for his failures. He thus entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Paris. We could all suffer there. Despite his lowly position in life and the priory, his character attracted many to him. He had a reputation for experiencing profound peace and visitors came to seek spiritual guidance from him. The wisdom he passed on to them, in conversations and in letters, would later become the basis for the book, The Practice of the Presence of God. (All from Wikipedia)

  205. Jane C's Gravatar Jane C
    May 14, 2014 - 2:48 am | Permalink

    ANNE HUTCHINSON – A doer , not a dummy.
    “Her strong religious convictions were at odds with the established Puritan clergy in the Boston area, and her popularity and charisma helped create a theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritans’ religious experiment in New England. She was eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony with many of her supporters.”
    (above from Wikipedia)

  206. Jennifer Edie's Gravatar Jennifer Edie
    May 14, 2014 - 6:20 am | Permalink

    St Columba
    Hildegard of Bingen
    Eglantine Jebb
    Octavia Hill
    Oscar Romero
    Mary Sumner
    Wiiliam Temple

  207. Wilson Anthony's Gravatar Wilson Anthony
    May 14, 2014 - 6:36 am | Permalink

    Brother Andre of Montreal.

  208. Ann Eder's Gravatar Ann Eder
    May 14, 2014 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    I nominate the Rev. Vivian Redlich, one of the Martyrs of New Guinea: a young missionary who, having been sent away from his post to recover from an illness, returned to be with his flock at Sangara, an area being shelled by Japanese warships. He celebrated Holy Communion with the members of his congregation, and wrote to his father that, “If I don’t come out of it, just rest content that I have tried to do my job faithfully.” He was killed there in 1942, not by the Japanese, as was originally thought, but members of an indigenous tribe with whom he and his staff had taken shelter.

  209. Barbara Luton's Gravatar Barbara Luton
    May 14, 2014 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    Hildegard of Bingen

  210. Rebecca Ludwig's Gravatar Rebecca Ludwig
    May 14, 2014 - 7:59 am | Permalink

    Fanny Crosby….for SO many reasons…..

  211. Rufus's Gravatar Rufus
    May 14, 2014 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    At the risk of stating the obvious, I’d just like to point out that if kitsch potential is a criterion, St. Bernadette should be a shoe-in. Nobody does it better than Lourdes.

  212. Edward Rhodes's Gravatar Edward Rhodes
    May 14, 2014 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    In the spirit of this year’s match-up between the Wesley brothers, and offering a chance to ponder the deep and lasting significance of two roughly contemporaneous church reformers, who helped open the blessings and joys and fullness of the Christian faith to the individual:

    Jan Hus vs. John Wycliffe

    • Jan Robitscher's Gravatar Jan Robitscher
      May 14, 2014 - 11:53 am | Permalink

      As for brothers–why not Boris and Gleb?

  213. Robert Kent's Gravatar Robert Kent
    May 14, 2014 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    With all the world focusing on Ukraine, how about St. Olga of Kiev? She was the first person in Ukraine to convert to Christianity.

  214. May 14, 2014 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    Queen Elizabeth I. Without her there would be no us (flip, but true!)

  215. Tara Soughers's Gravatar Tara Soughers
    May 14, 2014 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    In honor of her 500th birthday next year, I nominate Teresa of Avila, or Santa Teresa de Jesus.

  216. Claire Nevin-Field's Gravatar Claire Nevin-Field
    May 14, 2014 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Julian of Norwich
    Fred Rogers
    St. Agatha
    Teresa of Avila

    • Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
      May 14, 2014 - 11:04 am | Permalink

      Princess Elizabeth of Hungary would be a good addition to this list – my cousin just reminded me of her.

  217. Kevin Bezy's Gravatar Kevin Bezy
    May 14, 2014 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    John Chrysostom
    Dominic (founder of the Dominicans)
    Mother Elizabeth Anne Seton
    Kateri Tekakwitha
    Augustine of Hippo
    John XXIII
    John Paul II
    Albert the Great
    Damian of Molokai
    St. Benedict
    Louis Pasteur
    Gregory the Great
    Walter Sullivan (past and late bishop of Richmond)
    Thomas Aquinas
    Ignatius of Antioch
    John Paul I

  218. lucia's Gravatar lucia
    May 14, 2014 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    St. Francis of Assisi
    St Lucia (it’s Lucia not Lucy – Dec 13th)

  219. Melody's Gravatar Melody
    May 14, 2014 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I join those who would like to see Hildegard get another shot at the Golden Halo.

    I also nominate John of Damascus (Dec 4) whose defense of icons and religious art echoes through the centuries.

    I also encourage the SEC to consider following the example of our Orthodox brothers and sisters in adding some saints from the Hebrew Bible into the mix. (I’d commend Abraham and Isaiah, among others).

    And if you cave to the pressure to add those who are not currently commemorated in a sanctoral calendar, then Jael gets my vote.

  220. Virginia Hanning's Gravatar Virginia Hanning
    May 14, 2014 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I nominate
    1. The Venerable Bede
    2. Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche of Taize worship
    3. Pandita Mary Ramabai
    4. Fred Rogers

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 14, 2014 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Dear Virginia,
      Thank you for your support!
      Peace out,

  221. Nan Miller's Gravatar Nan Miller
    May 14, 2014 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Krister Stendahl, Harvey Cox, and Amy-Jill Levine come to mind as possible candidates for the Golden Halo.

  222. May 14, 2014 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    A saint with a sure ladder to success (and perfect for my wife who works on that class of inventions at the USPTO): John Climacus or John of the Ladder on the Orthodox list of saints

    “Die Lutheran” & the “Morning Star of Wittenberg”: Katharina von Bora Luther – voting for her should be as easy as shooting fish in a herring barrel

    Lutheran grudge match: Philipp Melanchthon (some controversy for being too ecumenical but liked by 90%+ of Lutherans) vs. Martin Chemnitz (beloved by confessional Lutherans, only on LCMS calendar)

    A fighting Lutheran (sort of): Eivind Berggrav

    My full communion pick (For Moravians and the ELCA): Jan Hus

    Lutheran Redux (been there done that but still a favorite…for some):
    Martin Luther

  223. Kristin's Gravatar Kristin
    May 14, 2014 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Irene the Great Martyr.

  224. Peter Larson's Gravatar Peter Larson
    May 14, 2014 - 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Gustavus Adolphus

  225. Peter Larson's Gravatar Peter Larson
    May 14, 2014 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, Missionary to Finland
    Erik IX of Sweden
    Nathan Soderblom, Archbishop of Sweden, 1930 Peace Prize
    Dag Hammarskjold

  226. Gail Adams's Gravatar Gail Adams
    May 14, 2014 - 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Narcissa and/or Marcus Whitman, medical missionaries and martyrs in Oregon
    Father Damien of Molokai, who aided the lepers, until he died as one
    St. Hildegard of Bingen
    Julian of Norwich

  227. San West's Gravatar San West
    May 14, 2014 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

    William Hobart Hare, Bishop of Niobrara and South Dakota

  228. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    May 14, 2014 - 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Margurite d’Youville–first Canadian born saint, and responsible for an awful lot of good in New France.

  229. Sue Kendall's Gravatar Sue Kendall
    May 14, 2014 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Dame Julian of Norwich
    Teresa of Avila
    Fred Rogers
    Oscar Romero and the Martyrs of El Salvador
    Francis of Assisi
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  230. Diann Nickelsburg's Gravatar Diann Nickelsburg
    May 14, 2014 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Agnes of Rome — poor girl, who had to grow her hair really fast to cover her naked body — and now has to suffer all those tourists gawking at her skull.

    Phyllis Tickle — theologian — campaigning for Christianity to have a very much needed clean out of outdated ideas and emerge better for the next 500 years.

  231. aleathia (dolores)nicholson's Gravatar aleathia (dolores)nicholson
    May 14, 2014 - 9:06 pm | Permalink

    250+ comments and a sizable number of them clamoring for the inclusion of Fred Rogers as a 2015 candidate for the Golden Halo award. I still relish Eddie Murphy’s take-off on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as being much, much better… in “He-wo, boys and guls !” Well, SEC are you men or mice??? Has Madeleine B. finally worn you guys down? For shame Padres !!!

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 14, 2014 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

      “He wo” Aleathia(couldn’t resist that!),
      I seriously doubt that I have worn the padre’s down….I got a rather snarky email from Fr. Tim informing me that I was beginning to irritate him because of my persistence and please stop. I responded that hey, I’m sorry but once I tilt my lance it stays tilted! I choose my windmills carefully though. The SEC knows, or should know by now, that getting me to un-tilt my lance is remarkably easy. Just. Put. Fred. Rogers. In. The. Bloomin’. Bracket. Do that simple thing and I promise to un-tilt my lance. How hard is it??

    • linda's Gravatar linda
      May 15, 2014 - 7:24 am | Permalink

      this is for Aleathia…comparing eddie murphy’s skit to the real mr. rogers is just wrong.

      • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
        May 15, 2014 - 7:59 am | Permalink

        “He-wo” Linda(sorry, couldn’t resist),
        Sorry, I can’t agree. Eddie Murphy is a very funny man! He is using the gifts that God gave him and I think that Fred Rogers would approve, in keeping with one of his most enduring messages ie: “people can like you just the way you are.”
        Peace out,

  232. Patrick Hardy's Gravatar Patrick Hardy
    May 14, 2014 - 9:16 pm | Permalink

    St Aelrod
    Nelson Mandela

  233. Jane's Gravatar Jane
    May 14, 2014 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Brother Lawrence of Practice the Presence of God fame
    Fred Rogers
    Bishop Tutu

  234. James Sliney's Gravatar James Sliney
    May 14, 2014 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I nominate the following:
    Francis of Assisi,
    James the Apostle, Bishop of Jerusalem, and
    Mother Teresa

  235. Betsey's Gravatar Betsey
    May 14, 2014 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Life is a bit too busy to try thinking about nominations, and I bet many good ones are in the long thread above!

    Just an idea to the SEC for creating the bracket .. I’ve participated a couple times on a blog to choose a great city to visit. After nominations, a preliminary round determines the seeding. This year’s contest’s preliminary round post ..

    It’d put the bracket czar out of work, but just an idea to toss around at the SEC convention. Cheers!

  236. Janet Nicholas's Gravatar Janet Nicholas
    May 15, 2014 - 12:34 am | Permalink

    St. Barnabus, Julian of Norwich

  237. May 15, 2014 - 7:12 am | Permalink

    Absalom Jones
    St. Stephen
    St. Andrew

  238. Patrick Hardy's Gravatar Patrick Hardy
    May 15, 2014 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Harvey Milk!

    • Kathy Hartley's Gravatar Kathy Hartley
      May 15, 2014 - 8:37 am | Permalink

      Yes! Harvey Milk!!! Why hadn’t I thought of him!!!

  239. Patricia Blair's Gravatar Patricia Blair
    May 15, 2014 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    Sir (Saint?) Thomas More (“The King’s Good Servant but God’s First”) .

    A Man for All Seasons portrayed him well as a strong spiritual leader, who was executed for refusing to endorse King Henry VIII’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn.

  240. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    May 15, 2014 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    This is for Aleathia and Linda,
    Back in the 80’s, Fred Rogers was in New York appearing on the Letterman and had an opportunity to visit the SNL set. When he knocked on Eddie Murphy’s door, they talked for a while and Fred told Eddie how much he enjoyed watching his alter ego! It’s all there, you can look it up under “Eddie Murphy Fred Rogers”!
    So. If Fred Rogers doesn’t have a problem being spoofed, …..the defense rests. But only on this point ha ha haaaaaa!

  241. Merrilee's Gravatar Merrilee
    May 15, 2014 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  242. Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
    May 15, 2014 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    I nominate Margaret of Cortona.

    She is less known Italian saint from the middle ages, but not only is this bad-girl-single-mom turned mystic a great story of redemption, but her bravery in the face of a scandalized and skeptical community is inspiring. She knew she was God’s beloved.
    ***And for quirks, how can you beat the fact that she is one of the few “incorruptible” saints (i.e., her body never decomposed).

    I am a fan of many of the saints that have been nominated here, but I’d really love to see Pauli Murray, Philip the Deacon, and any of the Teresa/Therese/Theresa nominees in the bracket.

    As a cradle Episcopalian, I have no problem with new popes in LM. Not having them in because you are an Anglican seems terribly prejudiced, and does not serve the ecumenical dialogue beginning on LM. I’m sure that the same Spirit moving their reforms was acting in ECUSA as well as other places too.

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      May 15, 2014 - 10:48 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I meant “Not wanting them in LM” NOT “Not having them in”

      Also, Ignatius of Loyola is another sexy-smart candidate, like T. of Avila.

  243. Christianne McKee's Gravatar Christianne McKee
    May 15, 2014 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    Vida Scudder
    Oscar Romero

  244. Alison Brown's Gravatar Alison Brown
    May 15, 2014 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Hildegard of Bingen

  245. May 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Catherine of Cortona

  246. Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
    May 15, 2014 - 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Is there any way to remove my own post today once it’s up? Not my Margaret of Cortona nomination, but a response to another’s post? It just drags out a weary debate, and I regret it.

  247. May 15, 2014 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hey erase the last request. Thinking of my aunt, not the saint. Let’s try for Margaret of Cortona.(1247-1297)

  248. Christine CO's Gravatar Christine CO
    May 15, 2014 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I were discussing possible saints. We decided we would like to see a match up of Jesus Christ and John Lennon, so we could determine once and for all whether the Beatles were or weren’t greater than Jesus.

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Oh for the Love of Mary, here we go again. Do you remember the fuss this stirred up all those years ago? Do you want to open up that particular can of worms again?

  249. Linda Potter's Gravatar Linda Potter
    May 15, 2014 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

    St. Edith Stein
    St. Bridget of Sweden

  250. May 15, 2014 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate St. Melangell of Wales, the Patron Saint of Hares, Rabbits, Small Animals & the Natural World. She has an interesting story and a lovely church in Wales, though her original church & shrine was a victim of the Reformation. So, I’m thinking the Anglican World sort of owes her & hers an apology. Her Feast Day is May 27 and we hope to celebrate with a gathering of some of our rabbit friends at historic St. Luke’s Church & Cemetery in Merritt Island, Fla. I personally have this unbounded affection for rabbits (starting w/ my 1st stuffed Easter bunny in 1953) and am connected via Facebook with a horde of Rabbit & Small Animal Rescue Groups in the U.S. and around the World which I think we could bring into the Lent Madness flock once they hear of St. Melangell and her story — which I will make sure happens if she is in the brackets. Thank you for your consideration, and special thanks from Nelson, Lord Harefoot, High Admiral of Bunnimore, a little black & white Dutch rabbit who at the age of 9 is in charge of our home. St. Melangell may not be one to make it to the Golden Halo itself, but she & her story are certainly worth remembering, as is the Natural World that she protects. And as the Ancient Egyptians believed: “To speak my name is to cause me to live again.”

  251. Samuel Sommers's Gravatar Samuel Sommers
    May 15, 2014 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I would like to nominate Saint Zita, patron of people who have lost their keys. Also patron of indoor servants. Her feast is April 27.

  252. relling westfall's Gravatar relling westfall
    May 15, 2014 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I am so delighted with the nominations of Thurgood Marshall and Pauli Murray. I have seen others like Ida B. Wells, but I don’t think that she is on a church calendar.
    I do want to mention that encouraging people to participate in Lent Madness in my church is a bit of a struggle because many people think that it is too frivolous. If the SEC were to include people who were not recognized by a church calendar, I would have no legs to stand on in promoting Lent MAdness in church. Please, stick to your rules and do not be swayed by enthusiasm.

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 16, 2014 - 8:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Relling,
      Oh, frivolous schmivolous. These people need to lighten up a bit, it’ll add years to their life. Also life to their years. Now if you will excuse me, it’s time for my daily cartwheels!
      Peace out,

  253. Kelsey's Gravatar Kelsey
    May 15, 2014 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Flannery O’Connor
    Sojourner Truth

  254. Carol Myers's Gravatar Carol Myers
    May 15, 2014 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Nicholas of Myra, patron of all in need, the oppressed, imprisoned and vulnerable

    • Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
      May 15, 2014 - 11:49 pm | Permalink

      Amen to that!

  255. Helen Miller's Gravatar Helen Miller
    May 16, 2014 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    How about Agnes Sanford!

  256. San West's Gravatar San West
    May 16, 2014 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    The Martyrs of the Sudan
    Julian of Norwich

  257. Betsey's Gravatar Betsey
    May 16, 2014 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    The thread is still open and I’d time for looking around the Calendar (I hope this is accurate ..

    Dunstan .. a quick read of his bio and I can recognize so many issues regarding interpersonal relationships, the politics of ticking off one’s boss haven’t changed a bit in a thousand years .. I’d appreciate a celebrity blogger’s reflection

    William Wilberforce .. a leader in abolishing the slave trade .. buried near his friend William Pitt (ahem .. played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie, does kitsch separated by a degree count 🙂

    Richard Hooker .. thought I recognized the name .. yes, author of MASH .. oh, no .. *this Richard Hooker is one of the founders of Anglican thought, the 3-corner stool of ” revelation, reason and tradition” .. the wiki bio is one thing, but I’d love more in next year’s LM!

    I like one more, but I see Margaret of Scotland is on the ineligible list. That’s okay. I can wait and follow the LM guideline, nominate her when again eligible.

    Columba of Iona could fill my Scotland fix for LM ’15. 🙂 Cheers.

  258. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    May 16, 2014 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    I second Patricia’s nomination of St. Melangell of Wales, “the Patron Saint of Hares, Rabbits, Small Animals & the Natural World.” There are dozens of others I could list, but Melangell’s story is “simple” and profound.

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