Happy Celebrity Blogger Day! Sure, in years past we’ve had Celebrity Blogger Week (okay, week and a half). But the 10th year of Lent Madness calls for hyper-efficiency. Hence our incredible, super star Celebrity Bloggers are relegated to a single day. But what a day it is!
Not only are we highlighting the talented and faithful souls who will bring alive the saints of Lent Madness X, you get to eat pancakes while reading all about them. Plus the Supreme Executive Committee, in its benevolent wisdom, has conferred upon this momentous occasion the gift of its very own hashtag: #ShroveBloggerDay. Yes, this is one mashup you won’t won’t to miss. It’s sure to go viral — just kindly don’t spill syrup on any of our Celebrity Bloggers. It’s so…sticky.
Who are these semi-mysterious folks who toil under the bright lights of penitential celebrity status? Well, they’ll sound familiar because, for the first time in Lent Madness history, the lineup is unchanged. That’s right. The same amazing writers who brought you Lent Madness 2018 will bring you Lent Madness 2019. Not that they aren’t free to go at any time. Really.
Here they are (imagine their names aglow in purple neon): the Rev. Amber Belldene of San Francisco, CA; the Rev. Laurie Brock of Lexington, KY; the Rev. Megan Castellan of Ithaca, NY; Anna Fitch Courie of Honolulu, HI; Dr. David Creech of Morehead, MN; the Rev. David Hansen of Woodlands, TX; Emily Miller of Chicago, IL; Carol Howard Merritt of Chattanooga, TN; The Rev. Marcus Halley of Minneapolis, MN; and the Rev. David Sibley of Walla Walla, WA. In addition, the Rev. Adam Thomas of Mystic, CT, returns as Bracket Czar; Maria Virginia of Wilmington, NC, as Celebrity Chef; and Sr. Diana Doncaster of Cincinnati, OH, has been named Hymn Writer in Residence.
You can read all about our Celebrity Bloggers by clicking here. Learn their stories, buy their books, follow them on social media, read their blogs (does anyone blog anymore?). Just please don’t ask for their autographs in the grocery store — let them buy Lent Madness-themed food items in peace (beets, purple (not green!) grapes, eggplant, plums, that purple stalk thing in the vegetable aisle.
One of the big questions of Lent Madness X, is will anyone be able to dethrone Anna Courie as the reigning Golden Halo advocate? Whether by skill, luck, faith, bribery, or some combination thereof, Anna has shepherded the last two Golden Halo winners to (further) glory. In 2017 it was Florence Nightingale. In 2018 it was Anna Alexander. Will 2019 be the year of the three-peat? Only time and the votes of the global Lent Madness public will tell.
In the meantime, get ready for the first vote of the season as Mary prepares to take on Martha in a battle of Biblical heavyweights. Voting opens on Ash Thursday, March 7, at 8:00 am Eastern Time, and the polls remain open for 24 hours. Lent Madness X is just two days away!