Harriet Tubman wins 2020 Golden Halo!

Harriet Tubman Gold Halo winner

The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness congratulates Harriet Tubman for winning the 2020 Golden Halo. Harriet became the 11th saint to wear the highly coveted crown by defeating the always-inspiring and statuesque runner up, St. Joseph. She joins 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), Florence Nightingale (2017), Anna Alexander (2018), and Martha of Bethany (2019).

Harriet Tubman mugWhat’s nearly as important as announcing the Golden Halo winner? Sharing the Lentorium link to the winner’s swag! Be the first one on your block to order the official Harriet Tubman 2020 Golden Halo mug. Your brand new mug will ship later this spring in plenty of time for you to serve your friends warm beverages (from a safe distance and without touching anything).

Want to nominate a saint for Lent Madness 2021? Tim and Scott will be opening up the week-long nomination process (aka Nominationtide) in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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. Stay safe out there, folks, and know that you remain in our prayers.


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97 comments on “Harriet Tubman wins 2020 Golden Halo!”

    1. Congrats to the wonderful bloggers for helping us through a particularly difficult Lent. Many thanks for your generosity and loving service.

  1. Congratulations to Harriet Tubman for winning this year’s Golden Halo! But isn’t there one more battle?


    Thank you to everyone for your kind words about the memes and my Holy Week reflection – the link to which I will post one last time. My intent is to always provide some joy and a chuckle to see us through this penitential time. As most of you know by now, Palm Sunday services hit me pretty hard, but reflecting on it is helping me get through this troubling time. I expect further reflecting might be necessary as our isolation continues. Have a blessed Easter everyone.


    1. Thanks so much, Michael, for your wit and just enough snarkiness to make it madness. I hope your theatre company survives the pandemic and you will get to finish “Something Rotten” eventually. Happy Easter!

  2. It has been such an enjoyment to be a part of this! Some very difficult and interesting choices and once again, I have learned quite a bit about each saint.
    Please take care, stay safe.

  3. A big CONGRATULATIONS to Harriet Tubman as the 2020 Golden Halo winner. When I saw her name on the list of nominees, I had already made up my mind that Harriet would wear the Halo. Another exciting Lent Madness.

  4. Hurray for Harriet and all the saints, and for Lent Madness! I have learned a lot. Question about those golden halo winner mugs: Are they microwave safe?

    1. You can always find the percentages on the Bracket tab. Harriet 56% to Joseph 44%

  5. I had thought it would come down to Hildegard v. Joseph and Joseph would win; but I'm delight that Harriet is THE ONE!

  6. I love Lent Madness - particularly this year as we are staying home. I picked Harriet from the first.
    She is an amazing person. Thanks to all who provide this very fun as well as instructive activity each Spring. The humor was most welcome during these surreal times. Thanks a million!

  7. Thank you for the wonderful and engaging lent madness it went by so fast but it was as always the best time to have during our journey through lent. Looking forward to next year

  8. Thank you so very much for this fun, enlightening, and diverting Lent Madness season. Wishing you a blessed Holy Week and a joyful Easter. Yea, Harriet!

  9. I voted for the two of them right to this difficult pairing at the end. Because of St. Joseph's guidance and protection of our beloved Saviour and His Mother, I chose to stick with St. Joseph.
    Also, he has been chilling in my Vermont front yard this winter, contributing to the sale of my home.

  10. I really enjoyed the whole process of Len Madness this year...especially as I was/am sequestered at home. Carry on !

  11. Cayuga County's own Saint! For decades her amazing story seemed to reside locally in CNY and MD. Wonderful that she has been getting more & more national attention in recent years. And now. .. this! Hooray for Harriet, and All the Saints!

  12. I am sorry Joseph did not win. I notice only one other Biblical person has won the Golden halo.

    1. I agree that social justice seems to trump the Bible. Maybe because the world is less biblical and more secular. Our school systems all teach about Harriet but not about Joseph or others in the Bible.

      1. Deborah Brennan, Social Justice doesn't trump the Bible, it IS the Bible! And if the schools taught the Bible, they'd also have to teach the Q'ran, the Tanakh, the Buddhist scriptures, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Seven Teachings, and the sacred writings of allthe world religions. We do not live in a Christian-only world. To believe so is to limit God.

        1. Thank you, Rene. Spot on. See you next year for more of your wisdom. Stay safe and well.

          1. I have greatly enjoyed your posts throughout this Lent Madness 2020. Stay home, stay safe, stay well, St.Cecilia. The Life you save may be your own. Have a blessed Triduum and a joyful Day of Resurrection! Jusqu'a l'annee prochaine.

          2. St C!
            If you can see my email - send me a note - I’d love to keep in touch!

    2. Modern times call for modern saints. Their witness is the same, however. Don't worry about it too much!

    3. I agree. The minute I saw Harriet in the lineup, I knew she would win, and although I did vote for her in at least one round myself, the predictability of it all was a bit disappointing for me. But I've really enjoyed the excellent writeups and the comments, both thoughtful and more lighthearted.

  13. Congratulations Harriet! But difficult choices throughout the entire Madness. And isn't madness always difficult anyway? My first time to participate and what fun! Plus I met some saints I had no idea of. I think you should put together an 8 pack of mugs that include the last several years of Golden Halo winners including Harriet for 2020. We will eventually be sitting down together, not at 6 foot distances to drink coffee, chow down cookies, and toast the saints who keep praying for us.

  14. What a glorious time this has been, as Lent Madness eased the stress of global madness! Many thanks to all who made this year’s extravaganza. Looking forward to 2021!

  15. I seesawed back and forth between the two finalists, because it was one of the toughest choices I've had to make. I'm overjoyed to see Harriet Tubman on this year's Golden Halo coffee mug. It is timely, given that today's headlines are about how Covid-19 is infecting the African American community so severely. May we continue to pray with her and follow her good example in working for the health of this community and all others.

    1. Enjoy trolling Episcopalians for Easter, Pentecost, Advent, and Epiphany. Say hi to Francis!

  16. Congratulations Harriet Tubman! You are my SheHero! May you wear the Golden Halo proud. I really enjoyed participating in this years Lenten Madness, I also enjoyed Tim and Scott’s blog they are very funny.
    I shared Lenten Madness with a few friends, next year I hope to share with more people especially my church family.
    This is my second year playing and I finally gained an understanding of how it works.
    Until next year. Be safe and stay healthy!

  17. It was a difficult choice between two worthy contenders. Can't we give Joseph a Silver Halo, as has been done in the past?

  18. Thank you for Lent Madness. It helped through this difficult time.Have a blessed Maundy Thursday. #dioceseofNewark

  19. Thank you SEC, bloggers and all the commenters for another wonderful Lent Madness. We didn't know when it started how drastically our world would change over the 6 weeks and how dearly needed this would become. Be well Lent Madness faithful.

  20. I missed a few, letting emotion get in the way of rational thinking, but I am very pleased with this year’s result!

  21. Once again Lent Madness has both enlightened and entertained us with saints we've never heard of (OK, of whom we've never heard), people we didn't knew were "official"saints, and well-known saints. Once again it's been a wild ride, and this time it's been in the middle of the 21st century equivalent of the bubonic plague. Thank you, SEC. Thank you, Celebrity Bloggers. Thank you, fellow Lent Madness followers. Be well and have a blessed Triduum.

  22. I must confess 2019 Lent Madness was definitely tarnished and very nearly thought about bailing.

    This year has been a remarkably positive and entertaining experience.

  23. Well she did have a movie last year! Joseph still isn't agile with social media.

    1. LOL! I thought about the possible influence of Harriet's movie, as well, though I haven't seen it yet. Wonder if it's on Netflix yet? Would be a good way to use some socially-distant time at home.

  24. Tim and Scott, you all are amazing, gave us a great run this year as always, and your celebrity bloggers were awesome as well. Thank you for a ray of sunshine for so many days! Blessings to you all.