As a member of the staff at Forward Movement, Hugo Olaiz is the ultimate Lent Madness insider. Not bad for a first time Celebrity Blogger. There is no truth to the rumor that Tim has placed Hugo at FM, to serve as a mole into Scott's nefarious activities. None whatsoever. Keep moving. Nothing to see here.
If you're a first-time Lent Madness participant, you may enjoy this brief video Hugo made with fellow Forward Movement staff member Peggy Sanchez which explains the basics of how to play.
Hugo Olaiz is associate editor for Latino/Hispanic resources at Forward Movement. Hugo grew up in La Plata, Argentina — a country where provinces and cities are sometimes named after saints. After completing a degree in literature and classics, Hugo spent two years on mission in Paraguay. He later moved to the U.S. to do graduate studies in Spanish, linguistics, and translation, pursuing a Ph.D. in Hispanic linguistics at Berkeley, California. He later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he became the news editor for Sunstone magazine. Upon moving to Carrboro, North Carolina, Hugo stumbled into an underground network of home-based businesses — hair styling, sewing, cooking — all run by Mexican immigrants; these contacts led him into Latino ministry and advocacy in the Diocese of North Carolina. Hugo lives in Oxford, Ohio, with his husband John-Charles Duffy and an aging beagle mix named Patches. In his spare time, he loves to entertain friends, edit Wikipedia entries, and watch opera clips on YouTube.
1. Since being named a Celebrity Blogger is obviously your greatest lifetime achievement, how will you handle the inevitable post-Lenten letdown?
On April 2, I will go to a nearby theater to watch Madama Butterfly’s broadcast live from The Met. Later that evening, I shall don my silk kimono, cry bitterly, and sing “Un bel dì.” Unlike Madama Butterfly, I will survive.
2. What is the single strangest thing you’ve learned about one of your assigned saints?
After being decapitated on Paris’ highest hill (today known as Montmartre), Dennis reportedly picked up his own head and carried it 6 miles, preaching repentance the entire way. That’s what I call determination!
3. What is your favorite saint-inspired food and why?
I grew up in Argentina, where many dishes have religious names. For example, croissandwiches are called “sacramentos” and Berliner donuts are called “borlas de fraile” (friar’s tassels). But I love carbs too much, so God cursed me with celiac disease. I love chili with a slice of gluten-free communal bread. And if we could put some of St. Brigid’s ever-replenishing butter on top of that slice, wouldn’t that be truly heavenly?
4. Besides Lent Madness, what do you most look forward to during the season of Lent?
We live near Cincinnati, so on Good Friday my family, along with thousands of pilgrims, climbs the steps of Inmaculata Church. For my husband and me, climbing that steep hill is a form of cardiovascular penance. For our dog, it’s a reward (Watch my video clip, and you’ll hear my panting!).
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