Nominationtide Is Here!

In the fullness of time, the Supreme Executive Committee rests from its Lenten labors and begins accepting nominations for Lent Madness 2018.

In other words...

Welcome to Nominationtide!

For one full week, Tim and Scott will be accepting nominations for Lent Madness 2018. The nominating period will remain open through the evening of Monday, May 22. At which point the window will unceremoniously slam shut.

Please note that the ONLY way to nominate a saint is to leave a comment in this post. Nominations will not be accepted via social media, e-mail, carrier pigeon, brick through a window at Forward Movement headquarters, singing telegram, sky writer, or giant billboard along I-95. Also, at least officially, bribes are discouraged.

As you discern saints to nominate, please keep in mind that a number of saints are ineligible for next year’s “saintly smackdown.” This includes the entire field of Lent Madness 2017, those saints who made it to the Round of the Elate Eight in 2016 and 2015, and those from the 2014 Faithful Four. Needless to say Jesus, Mary, Tim, Scott, and previous Golden Halo Winners are also ineligible. Below is a comprehensive list of ineligible saints. Please keep this in mind as you submit your nominations.

It takes Herculean amounts of shade grown, single-origin coffee for Tim and Scott to put together the Lent Madness bracket.

Also, note that the saints you nominate should be in the sanctoral calendar of one or more churches. When it comes to nominations, the SEC has seen it all over the years: people who are still alive, people who are not Christians, non-humans, etc. While these folks (and animals) may well be wonderful, they are not eligible for Lent Madness. To reiterate, being DEAD is part of the criteria.

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.

And 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 2018 field of 32 awaits your input.

The Saints of Lent Madness 2017 (all ineligible)

Fanny Crosby
G.F. Handel
Elizabeth Ann Seton
Joseph Schereschewsky
Nikolaus von Zinzendorf
Macrina the Younger
Amelia Bloomer
Phillip Melanchton
Franz Jagerstatter
Joan of Arc
Martin Luther
David Oakerhater
Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Canterbury
Raymond Nonnatus
John of Nepomuk
Odo of Cluny
Theodore the Studite
Florence of Nightingale
Anselm of Canterbury
Henry Budd
Moses the Black
John Wycliffe
Mechtild of Magdeburg
Henry Beard Delaney
Aelred of Riveaulx

Past Golden Halo Winners (ineligible)

George Herbert, C.S. Lewis, Mary Magdalene, Frances Perkins, Charles Wesley, Francis of Assisi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Florence Nightingale

From 2014 to 2016 (ineligible)

Bernard Mizecki
Frederick Douglass
Molly Brant
Brigid of Kildare
Albert Schweitzer
Julian of Norwich
Absalom Jones
Sojourner Truth
Vida Dutton Scudder
Phillips Brooks
Harriet Bedell

After the SEC culls through the hundreds of nominations at their annual spring retreat, the 2018 Bracket will be announced on All Brackets’ Day (November 3rd).

In the meantime, we wish you all a joyous Nominationtide.


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527 comments on “Nominationtide Is Here!”

  1. Samuel Seabury
    Billy Graham( don't know if he qualifies since he is still alive)

  2. Thomas Cranmer
    Florence Li Tim-Oi, first woman priested in the Anglican Communion (1944)

  3. On behalf of Christ Church Glendale, we nominate Abraham Lincoln.

    He bested Martin Luther King Jr, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, David Pise, Bishop Philander Chase, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Desmond Tutu in our Lent Madness, pre-season contest "Who's our Saint" for 2017.
    We learned and wonder - who really really is a Saint ??

  4. Harry Holt of Oregon who found homes for hundreds of Korean orphans abandoned after the Korean war. He started, in the beginning almost single handedly, an organization that has found homes for thousands of children worldwide (Holt Internationl). He used up all his financial resources and, finally, exhausted his fragile health and died saving yet one more Korean baby. Is regarded as a saint in Korea.

  5. I nominate St. Philip Neri, founder of the Oratory. Also known as a saint with a sense of humor.

  6. Florence Li Time Oi – first woman priest in the Anglican Communion
    Eva Mary Matthews, C.T. Foundress of the Community of the Transfiguration
    Sister Constance Anna, C.T. whose work in China saved countless babies, cared for the desperate needs of coolies and trained many women in skills that allowed them to earn a living and survive.
    Marian Rebecca Hughes – the first person to make religious profession in the Church of England after the dissolution of the monasteries
    Cecil Francis Alexander, one of Anglicanism's many great Victorian woman hymn writers

    1. I wonder why there is a limitation that nominated saints must be in one denominational calendar or another. That keeps us from learning about many amazing saints whose simply haven't been pushed through what are, sadly, political processes in our churches. Lent Madness has, from the beginning, gone where none have gone before. This would take us even further into the adventure of gaining relationships with many of God's astonishing and grace-filled saints.

  7. I have two of my heroes to nominate:

    1. Alexander Men (1935-1990), an Orthodox priest born Jewish in Moscow, who was a teacher, evangelist, and theologian in anti religious Soviet Russia. During his lifetime he baptized thousands, wrote many books, founded schools and charities, He is credited with providing the basis of religious renewal in post Soviet period. He was a target of the KGB and was ultimately murdered by ax while walking from home to church. He said: "I find more meaning in the wing of a bird and in the branch of a tree than in five hundred icons. God has given us two books: the Bible and Creation."

    2. Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), lifelong social activist and founder of Gray Panthers. From Wiki: Seeing all issues of injustice as inevitably linked, they refused to restrict themselves to elder rights activism, but focused also on peace, presidential elections, poverty, and civil liberties. Their first big issue was opposition to the Vietnam War. One of her famous quotes: "Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses." And another: 'Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants."

  8. Sts. Jacinta and Francesco Marto who had visions of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Peace, are recommended for consideration.

    1. You beat me to it! I am eager to learn more about these newest of saints, albeit not in our (Episcopal) calendar.

  9. Gotta nominate some of my favorite ancient saints..
    Sabina and/or Serapia

  10. Several worthy candidates: James. possible brother of Christ ["Show me your works and I'll show you your faith"]; a second of Abraham Lincoln; Jonas Salk, conqueror of polio; William Shakespeare, obvious writing skills and man of mystery; Robert E. Lee, misguided, but a man of character and deep faith {Episcopalian} beloved by his soldiers and all of Southern citizenry; Franklin Delano Roosevelt, no matter your politics provided hope and restored pride to millions of suffering Americans and people around the world; Mel Brooks , OK, so he's Jewish but has had the courage to skewer evil and phonies for more than 70 hearts.

  11. Thomas Merton and Karl Barth, whose shared feast and death day (December 10) happens to be the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood (though I was only 14 in 1968 when they both died). They're also pretty cool and rather different 20th century saints with wide influence beyond their respective communions. For an English saint: John Donne, priest, poet and contemporary of Golden Halo winner, George Herbert. For medieval: Hildegard of Bingen, mystic, poet, composer, scientist and counselor to rulers; Biblical: Joseph of Arimathea, who played a small but critical role in Jesus' passion.

  12. John Wesley
    Ignatius of Loyola
    Catherine of Siena
    Brendan the Navigator

  13. I nominate Father Ted Hesburgh for his role in the American civil rights movement and his relentless work in identifying prejudice around the world.
    Father Hesburgh was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his visionary work against elements of apartheid in America.
    From the exhausting fact-finding missions to the final deliberations over wording, Father Hesburgh was acknowledged as the principal architect of the Civil Rights Act and served on the Civil Rights Commission from its inception in 1957 until 1972, when President Nixon replaced him after he criticized that administration’s civil rights record.
    When President Barack Obama spoke at Notre Dame in 2009, he acknowledged the central role the Holy Cross priest, awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999, had played in this chapter of American history

  14. John Wesley - Charles is on the ineligible list, but John isn't.
    I second Martin Luther King too.

    1. Would love to see St.Damien of Molokai. He was my inspiration on how to respond to the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980's.

    2. That would be excellent to see Howard Thurman learn more about this man who influence so many like Martin Luther King, Jr!

    3. I 2nd Hilda of Whitby! Excellent nomination. Incredible how she managed to keep the savage kingdoms of Saxons and Angles from war.

    4. St. Gregory the Great who also sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to England as a missionary.

  15. I recommend the following for consideration:

    J.R.R. Tolkien
    St. Thomas More
    St. Maximilian Kolbe
    St. Benedict
    St. John Paul II
    Catherine McAuley
    St. Damien of Molokai

  16. Bartolome de las Casas, 16th century Spanish friar and one of the first real advocates for human rights. He was the first to assert that the Native Americans being so hideously exploited by the
    Spanish were people, too, and he spent his life working for their welfare.

  17. Kateri Tekekwitha: was a young Mohawk woman who lived in the 17th century. The story of her conversion to Christianity, her courage in the face of suffering and her extraordinary holiness is an inspiration to all Christians.

    Pierre Toussaint: The Venerable Pierre Toussaint was a former slave from the French colony of Saint-Domingue who was brought to New York City by his owners in 1787. There he eventually gained his freedom and became a noted philanthropist to the poor of the city.

    André Bessette: Brother in the Congregation of the Holy Cross--porter and miracle worker of Montreal

    Giuseppe Moscati: Saint Giuseppe Moscati was an Italian doctor, scientific researcher, and university professor noted both for his pioneering work in biochemistry and for his piety.

    Dorothy Day: was an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert. Day initially lived a bohemian lifestyle before gaining fame as a social activist after her conversion.

    Cyril of Alexandria: An Egyptian bishop and theologian, he is best known for his role in the Council of Ephesus, where the Church confirmed that Christ is both God and man in one person.

  18. Please accept my nomination of St. Hildegard von Bingen (d. 1179). Justification: St. Hildegard is arguably one of the most significant personages of late Medieval Europe. On October 7, 2012, she was declared the 35th Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. Hildegard was tithed to the church at the age of 8, and spent the first half of her life at Disibodenberg Monastery, in modern Germany. She was an extraordinarily gifted polymath, and was a renowned healer, musical composer, writer, medical scientist, and preacher. Her musical compositions are performed to this day. As a mystic, she experienced profound visions, which she wove into brilliant writings and illuminations. Her writing career was launched with the publication of "Scivias", a book of visions which impressed Pope Eugenius III so much that he read excerpts of an early draft to his cardinals and bishops, commenting on their profoundness and illumination of orthodox doctrine. Her knowledge of the healing arts prompted her to write scholarly texts on medicine and science. She founded monastic residences at Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. Throughout her extraordinary life, she wove the greater sphere of cosmic influence in with the microcosm of the human body. Her poetry and literary talent speak for themselves:
    "The Power of Wisdom"
    Wisdom circles all things,
    Comprehends all things,
    And follows one path, which has life.
    Wisdom has three wings:
    One soars to the heights,
    One exudes from earth
    One flies everywhere.
    Praise be to you, as befits you,
    O wisdom.