Celebrity (Shrove) Blogger Day!

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聽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!

41 Comments to "Celebrity (Shrove) Blogger Day!"

  1. Paula's Gravatar Paula
    March 5, 2019 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Welcom back Lent Madness!

  2. Melody's Gravatar Melody
    March 5, 2019 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    The link in the Lentorium for the Perpetual Purple mug is unproductive! 馃檨

    • Marjorie Webb's Gravatar Marjorie Webb
      March 5, 2019 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

      There is a Perpetual Purple mug?

    • Peggy's Gravatar Peggy
      March 5, 2019 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

      I’m sorry – they are sold out.
      Peggy at Forward Movement Customer Service

      • Robin Bergh's Gravatar Robin Bergh
        March 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm | Permalink


  3. Amy C.'s Gravatar Amy C.
    March 5, 2019 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    Bring on the pancakes!

  4. Rhonda's Gravatar Rhonda
    March 5, 2019 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    Sooo happy! Sooo missed you guys!!! Sooo got my church involved! I鈥檓 ready to. ROLL! (I can do more than dye Easter eggs)
    I love you all. Peace be with you…and is Olver driving?鉂わ笍

    • Celeste's Gravatar Celeste
      March 5, 2019 - 10:43 am | Permalink

      Looking forward..day by day..assuming no minimum age for sainthood: Suggest Honorary Saint 2019: Oliver

  5. Rhonda's Gravatar Rhonda
    March 5, 2019 - 9:17 am | Permalink


  6. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 5, 2019 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Bring on the Lent Madness!

  7. Charles F.'s Gravatar Charles F.
    March 5, 2019 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    Seems to be some inconsistency about how some of the bloggers are titled (or not titled, in some cases)…?

  8. DyLynn Robertson's Gravatar DyLynn Robertson
    March 5, 2019 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    Grapeful for permission to partake in purple pancake pleasures! But, always cautious due to sightings of Purple People Eaters. Oh, the madness!

  9. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    March 5, 2019 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Hooray for Lent Madness season!

  10. Minerva's Gravatar Minerva
    March 5, 2019 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Is there a black and white plain bracket sheet to print without the beautiful pictures?

  11. Willo F's Gravatar Willo F
    March 5, 2019 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    Can鈥檛 wait..

  12. Carol Anderson's Gravatar Carol Anderson
    March 5, 2019 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    OMG! Our church is in the process of searching for a new rector, and I realized that I just checked out all the celebrity bloggers to see if any might be possibilities for us. Our Interim begins this Sunday. Is my Lenten Practice already tainted by my own agenda or am I living into my faith? Should I just go get some pancakes?

  13. John E. Col贸n's Gravatar John E. Col贸n
    March 5, 2019 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    WooHoo! Pancakes followed by Saints! It doesn’t get better than this!

  14. Wendy Webster Coakley's Gravatar Wendy Webster Coakley
    March 5, 2019 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    Purple Pancakes: Even better than Green Eggs & Ham!

  15. Mary Ruth McKenney's Gravatar Mary Ruth McKenney
    March 5, 2019 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    So glad we’re back together – I’ve missed you all! Our church has the bracket up this year! Most of the choices I haven’t ever heard of so it will be a good learning Lent!

  16. John E. Col贸n's Gravatar John E. Col贸n
    March 5, 2019 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    “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.”

    I believe Neva Rae Fox, not a celebrity blogger this year, was a celebrity blogger for Lent Madness 2018.

  17. Deacon Nancy Oliver's Gravatar Deacon Nancy Oliver
    March 5, 2019 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I think Megan Castellon is already in New York- it seems here bio is from last years Lent- Yikes!

  18. Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
    March 5, 2019 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

    That would be great, except that saints have to be dead. And we definitely do NOT want that for our dear Oliver!

    Maybe Fred Rogers? (AKA Mister Rogers)

    • Ann Gerns's Gravatar Ann Gerns
      March 5, 2019 - 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Oooo…..what a sweet idea..!

  19. beth's Gravatar beth
    March 5, 2019 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    looking forward to another round of lent madness. (i almost said another fun lent – is that wrong?) there’s always something to learn, both from the posts and the comments/discussion.

  20. Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
    March 5, 2019 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    And for those who are combining Pancake Day with Mardi Gras as practiced in New Orleans: Bananas Foster make a VERY good topping for pancakes. Just sayin’.

  21. Virginia Nagel's Gravatar Virginia Nagel
    March 5, 2019 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    A question…I ordered the Lent Madness pamphlet from Forward, but it never came…the books I ordered at the same time came promptly. Can I still vote?

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      March 5, 2019 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Virginia, yes you can vote, there’s no secret log in code in the booklet.
      Do you need a Saintly Scorecard? We at St. Stephen’s in Santa Clarita (CA) have some extras. I ordered 30 and so did our office manager. Gave a bunch to a friend at another church but we still have a few to spare.

  22. Mama J's Gravatar Mama J
    March 5, 2019 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Mister Rogers!!!!!!! How did the nominating committee overlook him!? Verdery, you nominate and I’ll gladly second for his inclusion in Lent Madness 2020! (Have I included enough exclamation points? I’m just so excited!!!!)
    Blessings on all, Mama J

    • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
      March 7, 2019 - 1:47 am | Permalink

      Yes to Saint Fred of the Neighborhood getting into next year’s Bracket!

  23. Glenis Elliott's Gravatar Glenis Elliott
    March 5, 2019 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

    So ready for Lent Madness. Happy Shrove Tuesday everyone.

  24. janet snapp's Gravatar janet snapp
    March 5, 2019 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    How do I sign up for lent Madness?

  25. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    March 5, 2019 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Great lineup! As always. Looking forward to the Madness.

  26. John Forbis's Gravatar John Forbis
    March 5, 2019 - 9:53 pm | Permalink

    YooHoo!!! I would go along with the Fred Rogers nominations. He certainly saved my childhood in many ways.

  27. Lyn Fuson's Gravatar Lyn Fuson
    March 6, 2019 - 2:07 am | Permalink

    My first year, it was the letter from the Supremes that got me!!

  28. Rhonda Knight's Gravatar Rhonda Knight
    March 6, 2019 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    New to the game

  29. Beth North's Gravatar Beth North
    March 6, 2019 - 9:34 am | Permalink

    Just ordered the Kindle version of Dust Bunnies by Tim Schenck – in the intro, the greeting, “Holy Lent” is suggested (as opposed to “Happy Lent”) so I tried it out leaving the Ash Wednesday service this morning, with a fellow worshiper as we bundled up and headed to our parked cars. It went well. Thank you for the tip, Tim!

  30. Mary E. Winston's Gravatar Mary E. Winston
    March 6, 2019 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    I have waited all year long for Lent Madness to start up again!!! I hope Oliver hasn’t outgrown commenting!

  31. March 6, 2019 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to another great year of Madness! After getting knocked out in the first round last year, I am sure that this is my year!

  32. Vickie's Gravatar Vickie
    March 6, 2019 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I, too, would love to see Fred Rogers as one of our aspiring Golden Halos and have nominated him in the past. But, alas, pesky Nominationtide rule #2 states: ” The nominee must be on the official calendar of saintly commemorations of some church.”
    To my knowledge, Fred Rogers is not on any such list, thus making him ineligible. And since they changed the rules to say they will only accept one nominee per person (irritating rule #3), if you nominated Fred Rogers you will have “wasted” your one nomination. Perhaps the venerable SEC can add amend rule #3 to allow a nomination of one ineligible person in addition to the eligible one??

    • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
      March 7, 2019 - 1:50 am | Permalink

      There is at least one Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Massachusetts that has a stained glass window dedicated to Mr. Rogers or as I prefer to call him Saint Fred of the Neighborhood.

  33. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 7, 2019 - 1:46 am | Permalink

    Mary prepares to take on Martha

    I thought the BVM was not eligible because she’d trounce anyone. And hasn’t Mary Magdalene already won a Golden Halo? So do you mean Mary of Bethany?

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