Harriet Tubman vs. Julie Billiart

One of the joys of Lent Madness is engaging with both well-known and virtually unknown saintly souls. Many have heard of Harriet Tubman and know of her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Few, perhaps, know the story of Julie Billiart, a courageous French nun who lived through the French Revolution. That’s your choice today as we cast our last vote of the week.

Yesterday, Elizabeth Fry scorched Florian 82% to 18% in the biggest rout of our tournament to date. Speaking of which…with the cancellation of this year’s March Madness NCAA tournament, Lent Madness is officially the longest-running consecutive bracket-based tournament in the world! (11 years and counting). Sorry basketball fans.

Try to survive without us this weekend, and we’ll see everyone first thing Monday Morning as Joanna the Myrrhbearer faces Junia. Now go vote!

Harriet Tubman
Araminta Ross was born into slavery around 1822 in Maryland, the fifth of nine children. Later, she took the name Harriet and her husband’s name, Tubman. In 1849, she escaped to freedom using the Underground Railroad, a network of abolitionists, black and white, offering protection and support to escaped slaves from the south.

Harriet faced daily physical violence that caused her permanent injuries. She began to work when she was five years old and at around twelve, Harriet began working in the fields. Harriet was strong and stood up for justice even as a young person. Once, an overseer threw a two-pound weight at her and struck her in the head for standing in the way of him getting to a fugitive slave. As a consequence of these abuses, she suffered seizures and severe headaches for the rest of her life. The head injury also appeared to be the start of vivid religious visions and dreams that played a major role in Harriet’s life.

Between 1850 and 1860, Harriet made about thirteen trips on the Underground Railroad, guiding more than seventy people, including part of her family, from slavery to freedom, and earning the nickname “Moses” for her direction. Because of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850—which required that all escaped slaves be returned to their owners—Harriet led freedom seekers out of the United States and into Canada.

Harriet’s commitment to abolishing the slave system took her to South Carolina during the Civil War where she served as nurse, cook, armed scout, and spy in the Union army. She was the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War and rescued more than 700 slaves.

After the war, Harriet settled in Auburn, New York. There, she continued her justice work as a community activist, humanitarian, and suffragist. In her 70s Harriet showed special concern for the elderly because there were few social services available. Her dream was to build a house for the elderly, and in 1908 Harriet Tubman Home was inaugurated with Harriet as the guest of honor.

Harriet is the Underground Railroad’s most famous “conductor.” Her success led slaveowners to post rewards for her capture or death. She was never caught and never lost a “passenger.”

Collect for Harriet Tubman
O God, whose Spirit guides us into all truth and makes us free: Strengthen and sustain us as you did your servant Harriet. Give us vision and courage to stand against oppression and injustice and all that works against the glorious liberty to which you call all your children; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sandra Montes


Julie Billiart
Born in Cuvilly, France, on July 12, 1751, Sister Julie Billiart always loved to teach. It is said that her favorite game as a child was “playing school.” An avid student, she loved to study facts and prayers and memorized the catechism by age seven. A local priest noticed her early love for Jesus and the church and allowed Julie to make her first communion at the age of nine. Five years later, she took a vow of chastity and became known as the saint of Cuvilly for her piety and devotion.

When she was twenty-two, her father was the victim of an attempted murder. The stress and anxiety from the attack may have caused a nerves-induced paralysis of Julie’s lower limbs. For the next thirty years, she was confined to a bed. Yet she knitted lace and linens for those in need and, from her bedside, helped local children prepare for their first communion.

At the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, Julie began hiding priests in her home to protect them. The resistance learned of her efforts, and for her own safety, Julie was smuggled out of Cuvilly in a haycart. Despite the stress and anxiety of the war, her spiritual life flourished, and many came to her, seeking guidance and wisdom about how to pray and to develop a contemplative life centered on God. One of the women who visited was Françoise Blin de Bourdon, the Viscountess of Gézaincourt; she eventually helped Sister Julie found the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, which was inspired, in part, by visions Julie had of Christ surrounded by women in religious habits and a voice saying, “Behold these spiritual daughters whom I give you in an institute marked by the cross.” The Sisters of Notre Dame devoted themselves to the care and education of the orphaned children of France.

It is said that on the feast of the Sacred Heart, Sister Julie made a novena to her confessor and was cured of her paralysis. Her remarkable life teaches us that our spiritual gifts are not restricted by the limitations of our bodies. She died in 1816, at the motherhouse of her institute in Namur, Belgium, at the age of 64. Many schools exist in her honor, including many Notre Dame schools in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her feast day is April 8.

Collect for Julie Billiart
Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Anna Fitch Courie


Harriet Tubman vs. Julie Billiart

  • Harriet Tubman (82%, 6,197 Votes)
  • Julie Billiart (18%, 1,327 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,524

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Harriet Tubman: c. 1860-1880. [Public domain]
Julie Billiart: Artist unknown, c. 1830. [Public domain]

123 Comments to "Harriet Tubman vs. Julie Billiart"

  1. March 13, 2020 - 8:02 am | Permalink
    • Amy's Gravatar Amy
      March 13, 2020 - 9:27 am | Permalink

      Aw, I wanted to see what the white cat would say!

      • March 13, 2020 - 9:54 am | Permalink

        Me too! Bring back the white cat.

      • Michele May's Gravatar Michele May
        March 13, 2020 - 10:51 am | Permalink

        Smudge is a Canadian cat. I’m sure he’s happy Harriet Tubman brought all those escaped slaves to safety in Canada.

    • Martha S's Gravatar Martha S
      March 13, 2020 - 9:30 am | Permalink


    • Beth Parkhurst's Gravatar Beth Parkhurst
      March 13, 2020 - 10:04 am | Permalink

      That was so good I showed it to my Unitarian partner and he laughed too.

      The white cat deserves time off once in a while.

    • jan's Gravatar jan
      March 13, 2020 - 10:21 am | Permalink

      That pretty much summed up my thoughts when I first looked at the overall bracket. I’m sure Smudge the white cat would agree.

  2. Keith Beef's Gravatar Keith Beef
    March 13, 2020 - 8:06 am | Permalink

    This will be a runaway. Pun intended.

  3. Deborah Northern's Gravatar Deborah Northern
    March 13, 2020 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Glad that I only have one bracket that can be busted this year!! After seeing the movie “Harriet”, I have gained so much admiration for Harriet Tubman and her unfailing efforts to free her people, even risking her life time and again.

    • Sheila Brockmeier's Gravatar Sheila Brockmeier
      March 13, 2020 - 10:08 am | Permalink

      I also was deeply moved by the movie, “Harriet”. I wish Julie had not been “up against” Harriet, because she is also a saint worthy of study and recognition!

      • Maren's Gravatar Maren
        March 13, 2020 - 10:57 am | Permalink

        I was thinking the same thing! There wasn’t any hesitation for me in voting for Harriet, but Julie seems interesting as well.

      • John S's Gravatar John S
        March 13, 2020 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

        My thought exactly… It just might be a Lent Madness design-fluke, which eliminates very worthy saints by pitting them against candidates who are almost-sure to be voted winner of that round.

  4. Gloria Bauer Ishida's Gravatar Gloria Bauer Ishida
    March 13, 2020 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Difficult decision but I never know about Julie and though she deserved my recognition. Harriet is great and so well-known so I voted fro Julie.

    • Anne wanke's Gravatar Anne wanke
      March 13, 2020 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Gloria, I feel the same way.
      Anne Wanke

    • Deborah Sampson's Gravatar Deborah Sampson
      March 13, 2020 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

      I went the same way. I greatly respect Harriet Tubman, but Julie diserves some love, too.

      • Deborah Sampson's Gravatar Deborah Sampson
        March 13, 2020 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

        Deserves. Typos, bleech!

      • Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
        March 13, 2020 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

        My thoughts exactly. I voted for Sister Julie because education is so important for lifting persons out of poverty. I know that both these women have already received their crowns oof glory, well-deserved.

    • Tami iona's Gravatar Tami iona
      March 13, 2020 - 3:39 pm | Permalink

      My thoughts as well. It was nice to learn of Sister Julie and her life.

    • Diane Mc's Gravatar Diane Mc
      March 14, 2020 - 1:50 am | Permalink

      Several times I have voted for the lesser known person, because I thought that they deserved to be recognized and honored. It was so very hard today, but I did vote for Harriet.

  5. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 13, 2020 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Harriet’s appearance on the IS $20 has been delayed since early 2017 (no surprise considering other remarks made by those at the top of the current administration) but she has the opportunity to win the Lent Madness 2020 Golden Halo. Maybe once she does replace the less than saintly Andy Jackson on the US $20 in a future administration, she’ll be pictured with said halo.

    • Rosemary Beales's Gravatar Rosemary Beales
      March 13, 2020 - 11:14 am | Permalink

      If you look on Etsy, you can find an ink stamper and directions for using it to replace AJ with Harriet Tubman. I gave it to several friends for Christmas. Altered bills are still negotiable. Let’s put Harriet’s face on as many $20s as possible until the govt sees the light!

    • Claire from Quincy MA's Gravatar Claire from Quincy MA
      March 13, 2020 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

      Since slaves were currency, should Harriet Tubman be on a bill no matter that Andrew Jackson was abhorrent? Just wondering….

    • Ann Boughton's Gravatar Ann Boughton
      March 13, 2020 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

      What a lovely thought!

  6. March 13, 2020 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    My thoughts as well….

    • Faye's Gravatar Faye
      March 13, 2020 - 9:19 am | Permalink

      I totally agree. What a remarkable woman.

  7. Janene's Gravatar Janene
    March 13, 2020 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Very hard choice today as both these brave women deserve to win. So many other women unkown to history did such remarkable work for our Lord. God Bless their memories.
    However, the demon beast of slavery that Harriet faced and risked her life to fight against, is still tangible in our times. So Harriet it is.

    • March 13, 2020 - 8:48 am | Permalink

      Indeed. Happy to learn of Sr. Julie. I would have voted for her on any other matchup.

  8. Just Shan's Gravatar Just Shan
    March 13, 2020 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    I love Julie’s story and will share it with my mother who is living a good life from the confines of a power chair. She proves daily much can be done with walking. However, Harriet is the bravest, truest, most bad-ass woman in modern history so she gets my vote without question.

    • Just Shan's Gravatar Just Shan
      March 13, 2020 - 8:21 am | Permalink

      *without walking

  9. Elaine Culver's Gravatar Elaine Culver
    March 13, 2020 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    As an American and one who served an internship in the human trafficking division of a social service agency, I chose to vote for Harriet. Nevertheless, Harriet and Juliet lived exemplary lives of faith, courage, and service. All honor to both.

  10. Melinda's Gravatar Melinda
    March 13, 2020 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    As an educator – and a special educator at that – my inclination is to go with Julie. But as a southerner whose roots go back to the shameful crime of slavery, I feel called to vote for Harriet. Wish they hadn’t matched these two up right away! But it was good to learn about Julie Billiart.

  11. John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
    March 13, 2020 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    When a craven, incompetent shill
    Blithely denigrates heroes at will
    Let’s put him in his place:
    With a Halo now grace
    One who’s been kept from a Treasury bill.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 13, 2020 - 8:39 am | Permalink

      I see what you did there. Bravo. Can’t wait for the photo of Mnuchin with that sheet of bills.

    • Maren's Gravatar Maren
      March 13, 2020 - 10:59 am | Permalink

      Love this!

    • Joanie Cahill's Gravatar Joanie Cahill
      March 13, 2020 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

      I love your limericks. Keep em coming!

  12. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    March 13, 2020 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    in honor of my sister Harriet now in heaven ,my vote is for Harriet Tubman, an incredible woman.

  13. March 13, 2020 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    Poor Julie, she never had a chance. Let’s face it, when we see Harriet Tubman’s name in the race – well, she’s a Juggernaut.

  14. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 13, 2020 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    I know I will say this at the end, when we arrive at Canterbury, but I will say it preveniently now, thank you to Tim and Scott. I cannot believe you have been doing this for eleven years. I can only imagine the work that goes into this, the planning, the organization, the logistics. Such a gift to a small band of pilgrims who travel together, praying, joking, sharing cocktail recipes (where are this year’s cocktail recipes?), telling bawdy jokes (where are the bawdy jokes this year?), forswearing chocolate and alcohol (for at least the first several hours of Lent). Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU. You put the otolaryngology in lENT.

    Though I am certain today will be a blowout, I voted for Soeur Julie. I saw her paralysis as hysterical and was struck by the theme of violence in her life. I suppose I voted for her in honor of the sixteen Carmelite nuns guillotined during the French Revolution. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 will be a stain on American history forever. That dishonor will never wash away; neither will the blood of the unfortunate in the Place du Trône-Renversé. It was not a small thing to hide priests; and Soeur Julie seems to have functioned as a sort of anchorite in her invalid bed. Given the theme of hysteria, I also cannot but see her reclining in bed as an early exemplum of Freud’s consulting couch. The spiritual conversation and direction she engaged in–with children!–may have integrated her nerves and psyche and effected a cure. Here’s to all the “green martyrs” who go the course, serving faithfully–like us!

    • John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
      March 13, 2020 - 9:26 am | Permalink

      There has been a cocktail recipe:

      As for bawdy jokes, I expect the SEC keep them for their private amusement.

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        March 13, 2020 - 9:57 am | Permalink

        Jagermeister, mead, and cold brew in a coconut shell: callest that thou a “cocktail”? Lord, I beseech thee, grant me patience. As a service to the faithful, I cast you “Pearls before Swine” from Death & Co:
        Gin, Martin Miller’s Westbourne-strength, 2 oz.
        Lemon juice, 1/2 oz.
        Orgeat, 1/2 oz.
        Greek yogurt, 1 tsp.
        Lemon curd, 1 tsp.
        Rose water, 3 drops
        Shake all except rosewater with ice, then double strain into a coupe glass. Top with rose water. No garnish.
        Mister Death makes a great cocktail. A toast: to the plague. One more reason to go on pilgrimage and tell one another edifying stories as we carefully scrub the germs from our hands and keep an eye out for our neighbors who are just now discovering with shock and dismay that there is no more TP on the grocery store shelves.

        • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
          March 13, 2020 - 10:27 am | Permalink

          Oh, sister, you cause me to chuckle!

          • Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
            March 13, 2020 - 11:13 am | Permalink

            Me too! When your hand sanitizer runs out, refill the bottle with rubbing alcohol. When entering a building with elevators, press buttons with the knuckle instead of the pad of the finger. I was taught that in the hospital where I worked as a chaplain.
            Having visited a church that was a station on the Underground Railroad in South Jersey last summer, I cast my vote for Harriet Tubman.

        • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
          March 13, 2020 - 11:18 am | Permalink

          What in Heaven’s name is “orgeat”?
          Otherwise, this sounds like an interesting cocktail.

          • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
            March 13, 2020 - 11:37 am | Permalink

            Almond syrup

          • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
            March 13, 2020 - 11:45 am | Permalink

            “A syrup . . . originally made from barley, flavored with almonds and orange flowers.” [Webster’s New World Dictionary]. The name, according to the same source, comes from the Provençal word for barley (cf. Italian “orzo”).

          • Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
            March 13, 2020 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

            Thank goodness for Lent Madness. We learn so much, both saintly and otherwise

    • Mariana Bauman's Gravatar Mariana Bauman
      March 13, 2020 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Thank you St. Celia for you words on this good Sister. I really had to vote for Harriet but am so glad to learn about this shining light in the dark, brutal time of The Terrors.

  15. March 13, 2020 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    My whole family, including my sister, my kids, my nieces went to a Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur school. Harriet’s awesome, but I have to go with our home girl Julie.

    • Eleanor vander Haegen's Gravatar Eleanor vander Haegen
      March 13, 2020 - 11:29 am | Permalink

      As a grad of Emmanuel College in Boston, I would never have gotten a college education without the sacrifices of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Julie vs. Harriet” What a tough match up.

  16. Pat Ford's Gravatar Pat Ford
    March 13, 2020 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Harriet’s motto…” Keep Going..Keep Going..Keep Going “
    You may be tired but keep going..You May be scared but keep going..You May be hungry but keep going..Keep Going..Keep Going..Keep Going!

  17. Elizabeth C.'s Gravatar Elizabeth C.
    March 13, 2020 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    I’m an alum of Emmanuel College in Boston. It was founded by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. I definitely had to vote for Sister Julie.

  18. March 13, 2020 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    I feel the SEC put together a good match-up. Not that there’s a real race, but rather I see parallels in Harriet & Julie’s lives, and I had never heard of Julie before, which is the point of Lent Madness. I’m glad she gets her moment in the sun, brief though it will be, and I am sure she will inspire more people than Just Shan and her mother. Let me offer my thanks as well to Tim and Scott as well for such an incredible undertaking which must be a lot of work. You know, I probably wouldn’t know of Tim and Scott’s existence without Lent Madness and by following them on Facebook and reading Scott’s works (sorry, Tim, I haven’t gotten to your coffee book yet) they have added much to my life, spiritual and otherwise. Big shout-out for your sermon on Day 1, Scott!
    All that being said, I voted for Harriet, a shining inspiration for many years and a powerful reminder of an extremely evil time in our history and all the people held in slavery (then and now). Sadly, it seems we have more to learn about how we treat our neighbors.

    • Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
      March 13, 2020 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Well said, Richard the Chalice Bearer.

    • Just Shan's Gravatar Just Shan
      March 13, 2020 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

      I hope she inspires enough of us that she makes a return appearance on some future bracket!

  19. John Blackwood's Gravatar John Blackwood
    March 13, 2020 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Really tough choice here but I have to go with what’s close to home and a “savior” to so many slaves’ lives.

  20. Claudia's Gravatar Claudia
    March 13, 2020 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    Tough call today since I am a grateful product of the School sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland. Although I was raised as an Episcopalian, I attended Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, Maryland, and the SSND were quite kind to a non-Catholic in their midst. I received an incredible education thanks to their dedication and generosity of spirit. But as a Maryland girl, I am also so inspired by the unflinching dedication of Harriet Tubman to freedom and human rights. Sigh, must you make it so hard to pick?

  21. Lane Johnson's Gravatar Lane Johnson
    March 13, 2020 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    I’m usually quite poor at matching the majority’s choice, but Harriett Tubman may be on the road for the Golden Halo

  22. Laura Burgess's Gravatar Laura Burgess
    March 13, 2020 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you for teaching us about St Julie
    However, Harriet has my vote and my gratitude for her sacrificed.

  23. March 13, 2020 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    poor julie – she sounds great but Harriet has got to be # 1 on her side of the bracket – I’m picking her to win the Halo – we’ll see!

  24. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 13, 2020 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Two women who personify courage in dangerous times. Harriet Tubman is a serious contender for the Golden Halo for me, but I vote for Sister Julie because of her current wallflower status. She did not allow her physical (and perhaps emotional) challenges to distract her from living out her faith to confront evil. Oholiab, Bezalel, and Dorcas have always been role models for me, so there’s that, too.

  25. Marjorie's Gravatar Marjorie
    March 13, 2020 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    I greatly admire Harriet Tubman, but the bio of her Jas no mention of her faith or church involvement, which is a pretty important part of sainthood. I see in great Cloud of Witnesses” that she believed she was called by God to fight slavery – that sense of calling is important. She did wonderful work, grounded in faith. Halo material!

  26. Patrick Alther's Gravatar Patrick Alther
    March 13, 2020 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    “She said her name was Harriet Tubman and she drove for the Underground Railroad.”- Holly Near, “Lifeline”,from albumof the same name she recorded with Ronnie Gilbert(formerly of the Weavers, who also sang in support of human rights and got blacklisted for their efforts).

    • Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
      March 13, 2020 - 11:28 am | Permalink

      If you live in the New York City area, I commend the radio program “Woody’s Children” on WFUV-FM, obviously a folk music program. I’ve been listening to it since Robert Sherman, then of WQXR and now still active, started it more than half a century ago. I also nominate Pete Seeger as a modern-day saint, in addition to Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and many, many other folk singers who inspired and fed us spiritually through the years.

  27. March 13, 2020 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    The patron saint of my high school, Notre Dame in Chicago, is St. Julie. Much as I love Harriet I have to honor the nun who founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who helped mold me into the person I am today. A very very fine group of very educated and dedicated women.

  28. March 13, 2020 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    How could I not vote for Harriet, a woman of amazing courage and action. . . . but then, I have been blessed with the fellowship of a number of the good sisters of Notre Dame d’ Namur and blessed with the example of their dedication to education and service. Harriet will most probably (and perhaps, justifiably) win today’s bracket but I will cast my vote for the underdog, Julie. They are both examples of courage in hard times despite physical limitations and I have no doubt they are both reveling arm in arm in eternity.

  29. Rita PinoVargas's Gravatar Rita PinoVargas
    March 13, 2020 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    Thank you Pat Ford work reminding me to Keep Going.

  30. TJMannion's Gravatar TJMannion
    March 13, 2020 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Julie. This is Harriet’s game today.

  31. March 13, 2020 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    I’d never heard/read St. Julie’s story … so encouraging for people with debilitating physical conditions, re: the ability/opportunity to still be vehicles of God’s grace in this world. I think particularly of a diaconate candidate I know with an amazing prayer life who had significant roadblocks because the commission on ministry had trouble perceiving how her ministry might function. Blessings, St. Julie. “No arm so weak as can do service here….”

  32. Jack Zamboni's Gravatar Jack Zamboni
    March 13, 2020 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    I didn’t complete a bracket before Lent Madnerss began, but looking it over saw quickly that Harriet is a strong favorite for the Golden Halo. My hope is that her opposite number in the final pairing will be Clare of Assisi, for whom I would then have to vote as I serve a parish dedicated to past Halo winner, Clare’s bud, Francis. But until then, Harriet will have my vote.

  33. Terri Domitrovich's Gravatar Terri Domitrovich
    March 13, 2020 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    My aunt was an SNDdeNamur for 79 years and died at the age of 97… she is an immeasurable force of grace in my life – Harriet I’m hoping wins golden halo, but today, it’s about love of my auntie and witness of her impact on all who knew her.

  34. Mary Jane C. Ingalls's Gravatar Mary Jane C. Ingalls
    March 13, 2020 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    It is almost unfair to match anyone against HT.

  35. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 13, 2020 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    Voting for St Julie today in Lent Madness. Voting in November to get different national leaders elected who will put Harriet Tubman on the US $20 bill-and hope Harriet wins the 2020 Golden Halo.

  36. Rosemary Beales's Gravatar Rosemary Beales
    March 13, 2020 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    I love Harriet Tubman for many reasons (and thank Cynthia Erivo for portraying her so beautifully in “Harriet.”) But I was educated in high school by the SNDs (Notre Dame Academy in DC, now defunct and its buildings absorbed by nest-door Gonzaga) and had many wonderful mentors among them — perhaps not appreciated at the time for their strong foundations, but influential in my life to this day. Bonne chance, Julie!

  37. Anne Madden's Gravatar Anne Madden
    March 13, 2020 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    Amen, brother!

  38. Richard Asmussen's Gravatar Richard Asmussen
    March 13, 2020 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    Florian is a must.Fry also well liked love to both. God help us all.

  39. Bill Meyer's Gravatar Bill Meyer
    March 13, 2020 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Unfair! Who could match somebody so currently famous. Her opponent doesn’t even have a book out, much less an award-winning movie! Tubman a shoe-in!

  40. March 13, 2020 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Did anyone notice that Sr. Julie left this earthly realm just a few years before Harriet entered it? I like to think that the French nun in heaven recognized a kindred spirit in the American child about to be born into slavery, and passed along her saintly legacy.

    I’d also like to offer a prayer of gratitude for Tim and Scott’s creation and stewardship of the Lent Madness community. As our daily lives continue to be impacted by this global pandemic, recognition of our shared pilgrimage with all global citizens is made possible through virtual connections like this.

    • March 13, 2020 - 11:47 am | Permalink

      Yes, Wendy! Good reminders, and inspiring in troubling times–even before the pandemic.

  41. March 13, 2020 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    It’s nice to have some of March Madness left.

  42. Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
    March 13, 2020 - 11:31 am | Permalink

    Yes, Harriet is trouncing Sr. Julie as much as Elizabeth Fry did Florian, and deserves every vote, but I voted for Julie, if for no other reason than she’s the unknown underdog. After all, Lent Madness is about learning of new-to-us saints.

    OK, who remembers Christina the Astonishing?

    • March 13, 2020 - 11:48 am | Permalink

      She is my all-time Lent Madness favorite–followed closely by Dympha!

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        March 13, 2020 - 11:59 am | Permalink

        St Guinefort for me. Put Gertrude of Nivelles against Guinefort: it would be a howling success.

    • Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
      March 13, 2020 - 11:54 pm | Permalink

      Christina the Astonishing was one of my all-time favorites also!

  43. Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
    March 13, 2020 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    A sympathy vote for Sr. Julie.

  44. March 13, 2020 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    Since I am a graduate (class of ’66) of Notre Dame College of Ohio, near Cleveland, founded by the German branch of the Sisters of Notre Dame, today’s choice was easy for me, although I would have voted for Harriet Tubman under different circumstances.

  45. Mark Story's Gravatar Mark Story
    March 13, 2020 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    Harriet to win it.

  46. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    March 13, 2020 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    I mean, it’s almost unfair to put anyone up against Harriet Tubman

  47. March 13, 2020 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    I loved learning about Sr. Julie, and I felt a kinship with her–I was another very studious and devout child who contemplated a religious vocation at age 8 or 9–I am voting for Harriet. I read a biography of her this year before the movie came out, so it’s been a Harriet Tubman year. And she’s down for the Golden Halo on my bracket.

    I cannot imagine the courage it would take to go back into slave country repeatedly after you’d gained your own freedom. It’s a rare person who has that kind of faith and determination. Rare indeed.

  48. Lisa Leadley's Gravatar Lisa Leadley
    March 13, 2020 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    I was introduced to the story of Harriet Tubman while I was in elementary school and have been fascinated with her ever since! I’m on Team Harriet today, but I feel I would be remiss if I also did not thank our SEC for continuing to shine bright lights on some pretty obscure saintly folks! Here’s to another 11 years and 11 more after that and so on…

  49. March 13, 2020 - 12:02 pm | Permalink

    As a graduate of a Catholic high school served faithfully by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Julie is
    a heartfelt favorite. But alas, because we can only vote for one saintly woman today, I went with
    Harriet. I pray the sisters will forgive me!

  50. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 13, 2020 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    A joy to discover Sister Julie today, howeimy vote goes to the remarkable Harriet Tubman for her courage, commitment and for keeping going.

  51. Charles Stuart's Gravatar Charles Stuart
    March 13, 2020 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

    It was interesting to read about Julie, but Harriet Tubman’s life so exemplifies moral courage rooted in faith and personal triumph over terrible adversity that I couldn’t not vote for her.

  52. Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
    March 13, 2020 - 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Tim and Scott, you’re a couple of mischief makers. Not only do you find saints with similar attributes, you then have the audacity to pit them against one another in Lent Madness. I saw through your ploy, however. Knowing full well that Harriet Tubman would be a runaway (pun intended) in today’s match-up and that I could vote for her in a later round, I voted for Sister Julie. Anyone who lived through the Terror and did not lose her love for humanity but continued to reach out to those in need in Jesus’ name deserves our recognition.

  53. Julie T Byers's Gravatar Julie T Byers
    March 13, 2020 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    My mother was raised by the good Sisters of Notre Dame, one of whom wrote a beautiful book for children about Mother Julie (The Saint With A Smile). Not only was I named for her, but St. Julie walked my mother through several hard times and also saved her from an attacker when she was 18 or so. A man chased my mother from a bus stop one night on her way home from work and as she ran, she screamed out for help, only to see a look of terror on the man’s face as he stopped in his tracks then fled the other way. When my mother turned to see what he saw, she saw a nun’s figure, then it disappeared. I never forgot that story or all the times St. Julie gave me calm in heartbreaking times. For all the brave and heroic choices and acts Harriet Tubman brought to our country, I hope those that St. Julie made will someday get as much attention for the way she outlasted all her detractors who resented her love for the poor children of France and Belgium.

    • Ruth Douglas Miller's Gravatar Ruth Douglas Miller
      March 13, 2020 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for this story, Julie. I am voting for St Julie in honour of my friend Julia (probably same pronunciation–French) who is turning 91 on Tuesday, and with whom I share a birthday. I am happy to honour another Julie too! And I would love to learn more about St Julie, perhaps next year in a more favourable bracket position.

  54. Joanne B. Parrott's Gravatar Joanne B. Parrott
    March 13, 2020 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear, 2 very worthy women to choose from. Our Roanoke Rapids Canal was part of Harriet’s trail so that’s the obvious one, but I went with the underdog Julie because I would have never heard about her if not for Lent Madness. Go Saints!! We will have a champion for the year to spite that the Corvid virus. Go & Wash your hands.

  55. James Lodwik's Gravatar James Lodwik
    March 13, 2020 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I admire what Sister Julie accomplished in spite of her physical limitations, and also her deep piety, but I had to vote for that absolute rock of justice and resistance to slavery that was Harriet Tubman.

  56. Anne E.B.'s Gravatar Anne E.B.
    March 13, 2020 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Jules for me.

  57. Manny Faria's Gravatar Manny Faria
    March 13, 2020 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    My daughter went to the Cuvilly preschool on the grounds of the convent of the Sisters of Notre Dame, so I am a fan. But poor Julie is facing a hurricane of righteousness in the form of Harriet. Why oh why were they pitted against each other?

  58. SharonDianneFosterPattison's Gravatar SharonDianneFosterPattison
    March 13, 2020 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    We here in Canada, Windsor, Ontario across the Detroit River, USA, know about the underground railway very well! , you probably already know my vote, but very interesting about the other In This race!
    Nice to learn something new each and every day God gives to us! Especially today when all our schools are being closed due to CoronoaVirus 19 and the hospital that I volunteer at has closed the gift shoppe for further notice!
    We are to take a Bus tour from Chicago to La on the Route 66 highway!
    But wondering if the USA will let us enter at Michigan and then reenter Windsor, Ontsrio, Canada, from Detroit Mi.USA Lot to Ponder today Friday The 13th!

  59. Melanie's Gravatar Melanie
    March 13, 2020 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Voting for my fellow Marylander today, while acknowledging the heavy legacy of sin that made it absolutely necessary for her to leave her native Maryland, then come back, then leave again and again. For all her courageous journeys out of the Old Line State, I vote for Me Gunman with all my heart.

    • Melanie's Gravatar Melanie
      March 13, 2020 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

      Dammit, kindle! Why do you “correct” my spelling like that? Ms. Tubman. (Please don’t do it again! I’m humiliated enough…)

  60. March 13, 2020 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    It’s truly a struggle, but the pope ordered me to give up trolling episcopalians for Lent.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 13, 2020 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Mark, ecce Francis. Now I want you to reform the Vatican bank. Report back at Easter. Gracias.

  61. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    March 13, 2020 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Well, all of you can say what you want. Bishop Curry went with Harriet!

    • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
      March 14, 2020 - 12:12 am | Permalink

      Oh my goodness!
      You want cocktails? I got cocktails!

      Please stand by.

    • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
      March 14, 2020 - 12:13 am | Permalink

      What more can we say?

  62. Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
    March 13, 2020 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I had heard of Soeur Julie; there is a Catholic church dedicated to her in Thousand Oaks, California. I did not know her story, though.
    And this is one of the toughest choices so far this year!

  63. Sally Cook's Gravatar Sally Cook
    March 13, 2020 - 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank God for LentMadness. I bet it will not be cancelled the way everything else it. Good job, SEC!

  64. March 13, 2020 - 9:33 pm | Permalink

    If there were a consolation bracket, I think Julie could get third place!
    Hard to go up against Queen Harriet.

  65. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    March 13, 2020 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Harriet. For her courage in leading people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Also to honor a friend who is dealing with a head injury. Still a tough choice today.

  66. March 13, 2020 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Harriet incredibly brave
    and until the day she went down to her grave
    helped both women and elders and slaves
    with tireless courage she gave her hole life other people to save

  67. Barbara A.K. Franklin's Gravatar Barbara A.K. Franklin
    March 14, 2020 - 4:12 am | Permalink

    one of the people who really DO make America great.

  68. Barbara A.K. Franklin's Gravatar Barbara A.K. Franklin
    March 14, 2020 - 4:14 am | Permalink

    My money is on Harriett for the Golden Halo this year

  69. SharinDianneFosterPattison's Gravatar SharinDianneFosterPattison
    March 14, 2020 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    In light if our Bishops here in Windoor, ont, maybe this Lenton study should continue thru the weekends till this virus is safe for all,to attend there a church of choice!

  70. SharonDianneFosterPattison's Gravatar SharonDianneFosterPattison
    March 14, 2020 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    In light if our Bishops here in Windoor, ont, maybe this Lenton study should continue thru the weekends till this virus is safe for all,to attend there a church of choice!

  71. Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
    March 14, 2020 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Go Harriet… or “Minty” as we pals say…

  72. March 14, 2020 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    No Basketball means no March Madness, Lentmadness lives on!!! Amen

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