Anna Alexander wins 2018 Golden Halo!

The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness offers its hearty congratulations to 2018 Golden Halo winner Anna Alexander. Anna joins the ranks of previous Golden Halo winners George Herbert (2010), C.S. Lewis (2011), Mary Magdalene (2012), Frances Perkins (2013), Charles Wesley (2014), Francis of Assisi (2015), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2016), and Florence Nightingale (2017).

What propelled Deaconess Anna to victory amid a stellar crowd of 32 saintly souls? Besides being an amazing Christian, we're not exactly sure. Who knows what captures the imagination of the Lent Madness Global Public? But we do think the passionate students at Episcopal Day School in Augusta, Georgia, played a crucial role in highlighting Anna's amazingness. Watch these two short videos and we think you'll agree!

What’s nearly as important as announcing the Golden Halo winner? Sharing the Lentorium link to the winner’s swag! This year, we're offering an Anna Alexander Golden Halo 2018 mug along with a new item -- a purple Lent Madness travel mug. Show your Lent Madness spirit!

Want to nominate a saint for Lent Madness 2019? Tim and Scott will be opening up the week-long nomination process (aka Nominationtide) in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! If you're worried you'll miss it, we suggest sitting in front of your computer and just re-loading the Lent Madness web page over and over again. Hey, it's the kind of out-of-season exercise that will make you ready for next year's 10th anniversary contest with a freshly trained refresh finger.

Finally, blessings to all as we head into the Triduum and enter into the death and resurrection of our Lord. It’s been a privilege to have you join us on our Lenten pilgrimage!


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73 comments on “Anna Alexander wins 2018 Golden Halo!”

  1. Hooray for Anna Alexander!! Mugs OTW soon!
    I pick Saints & Women's Basketball better than any other brackets.
    I didn't even miss my Godiva chocolates a bit-
    (Plug for Lady Godiva for Lent Madness 2019)
    How about a Maria Silver Halo pint glass to go w/Bonheffer's?
    Is there way to an archive to get books, brackets or info from previous years?
    Congratulations on a job well done. What a way to start the Easter walk.

    1. Yes! Maria should get a beer glass (I'd get one). She was an incredible woman in her own place and time.

  2. Congrats Saint Anna for a battle well won! As always, I learned so much about all these wonderful saints and had fun as well. Many thanks SEC and bloggers, for a job well done! Happy Triduum and a glorious Easter to all my Lent Madness friends! See y’all next year.

  3. Hurray for deaconesses and deacons, the often-overlooked leaders of compassion and justice ministry!

  4. Thank you. It was fun! Your hard work and creativity is greatly appreciated. Will definitely tune in next year. Wishing all a Blessed Easter.

  5. Thank you! Great Lenton activity. I loved all of the saints, the quality of the writing done by the bloggers and of course the Supreme Executive Committee, Scott and Tim! Bremerton, WA

  6. Yay for Anna Alexander, who is an inspiration to all us teachers. I always enjoy and learn from Lent Madness.

    I'm curious about one thing. I've noticed that in recent years we seem to have a preference for the activist saints. Contemplatives don't do well, and I was astonished that Richard Hooker made it as far as the faithful four. I notice this not because I think this is a problem, but I know that for me the active dimensions of ministry are in some ways easier than developing my prayer life... and that's always what I try to do (with varied success) in Lent. So I wonder whether it's harder for us to see the significance of the contemplative life, or whether most of us feel a great need to develop the action side of our faith life...

    1. This is a very interesting thought. I initially thought those saints with many quotes and writings were more poised for success, but Deaconess Anna’s win supports your point! I also struggle in contemplative prayer, but would indeed be more inclined for someone who completed great works of mercy.

  7. Thank you both for another wonderful Lent Madness, and thank you to all the bloggers for their creative and hard work. I'm missing Lent Madness already. It's a great way to start the day.

    Finally, yay for Anna! She would proud of those kids. I loved, loved, loved the song!

    Happy Easter everyone!

  8. Congrats to Anna. And I am all ready for my nomination for next year's contest. Jonathan Daniels is one of my heroes of the faith. Please, please pick him

      1. I don’t think repeats are off-limits. Bonhoeffer made it to the Faithful Four in 2012 before his victory in 2016.

  9. Every year the challenges get harder as we explore the 32 Saints and learn more about the prople of God.
    This exercise is more enlightening than all the fasts and deprivation of Lent of my youth. Thank you to all of the team beginning with Tim's clever idea. Scott for sharing this through Forward and all of the Celebrity Bloggers, the artist's wonderful rendition for the cover, and the amazing organist!! And of course to everyone who takes the time to vote and share thoughts as we wend our way through Lent!
    Now on to the 50 Days leading to Pentecost!!!

  10. Hooray for Anna! Now that she’s led two saints to victory, can Anna Fitch Courie finally be considered a Distinguished Celebrity Blogger??

  11. Thank you SEC, CBs, and all who commented here for this wonderful Lenten journey. A Blessed Easter to all! I sing a song of the saints of God . . .

  12. YEAH Deacon Anna Alexander!! and to SEC and all - Thank you for another great journey!!

  13. Hurrah for Anna and all the Saints in the bracket and our beloved SEC and bloggers. I thought surely Maria Skobstova would warrant a pint glass since it seems such an appropriate recognition of her martyrdom. Oh well, the SEC knows best? Just kidding . I can't imagine a better way to make the Lenten Pilgrimage and to move deeper into the mysteries of faith and discipleship. Blessed Easter all.

  14. First time player here; I had so much fun and learned something every day! Thank your for your good work and looking forward to next year!

  15. I Sing a Song of the Saints of God. And I need to be one, too. I look to Anna for inspiration. Thanks, Lent Madness! (And I'm going to order a mug.)

  16. Congratulations Anna(s)! It's been another great journey- both joyous and educational. Thank you to Tim and Scott, the Bracket Czar, all the Celebrity Bloggers, Maestro Shiloh Roby, the staff at Forward Movement, the Lent Madness Global Community and Commentariat, and all the saints. A Blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Easter to all!

    1. Probably should say "all the Saints"-computer is still in on the madness :). Again, thanks for a wonderful journey!

  17. I had Anna and Maria from the beginning ! And chose Anna to win!❤️
    Gotta get the Church to play for $$$ next year
    So grateful for the GEC, the EXBlogers and the rest of the team that makes my Lenten experience mean more than ever.
    Peace be with you❤️