Absalom Jones vs. Catherine Booth

Hey, look! You survived the first round of the Elate Eight and have returned for more Saintly Kitsch. Kudos to you! Yesterday, in a hotly contested battle, Benedict the Moor narrowly defeated Camillus de Lellis 52%to 48% to nail down the first spot in the Faithful Four.

Today Absalom Jones faces Catherine Booth. To get here, Absalom defeated Henriette Delille and Marianne Cope, while Catherine took down Joan of Arc and Constantine. The kitsch keeps coming!

Absalom Jones

When it comes to kitsch on Absalom Jones, keep an open mind and a loving heart for all the renditions of brother Absalom.

You’re likely very familiar with this portrait by Raphaelle Peale, who was the son of Charles Willson Peale, an American painter. W. R. Jones & John Boyd made an engraving this rendition based on Peale’s painting.

You can find Absalom Jones stained glass windows in St. George’s Church in Dayton, Ohio. They explain the symbolism in the window as a reflection of Jones’s rejection of slavery as an American man who achieved many vital firsts in the church and the community. Willet Stained Glass created the window. Forward Movement featured another window from St. George’s on our August, September, October 2020 covers of Forward Day by Day and Adelante Dia a Dia.






This pitcher, created in 1808, includes a silhouette of Jones with Masonic symbols and is believed to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the first African American Masonic order. Co-founded in 1798 by Absalom Jones, he was named First Worshipful Master, and in 1815 he was elected the First Grand Master of the First African Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.






A blog appropriately named Unrecognized Revolutionaries included a post by then-fifth grader Laila H. with her drawing of Jones. Shout out to that teacher for what looks like an excellent project for those students. When we see images like these and many others I’ve seen, we can celebrate the spirit of the artists’ intention in their portrayals of Jones’ image.

Closest to my heart is this peg doll of Absalom Jones painted by Christopher H. at The Cathedral of Saint James in South Bend, Indiana, as part of their beautiful collection of all of the Lent Madness saints for this year. I’m blown away by this level of commitment and inclusion! Visit their Facebook page to see all the saints and get a glimpse of the diversity represented in God’s holy people.

You can find Absalom Jones t-shirts, icons, and acrylic blocks, but you have Google for that.

–Miriam McKenney

Catherine Booth

Well, hello! Come in, my friend, come in, sit down, make yourself comfortable. I’m sure you’re oh, so tired after your long journey to my door. Settle down, relax, I’ll just hang your coat right here…

Wait, what’s that? I’m curious about your t-shirt. It has a wonderful quotation from Catherine Booth on it, and you might not know this, but I’m quite the fan. “If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present” is indeed one of her better known sayings. But, I have to ask, what will it take for you to disturb the present typeface on that shirt? I’m not saying Comic Sans would be more tasteful, but, you know… well… ok, fine, I am saying it. Perhaps if you want to better the future, you should disturb the typeface, especially before you spend $18.45 on Zazzle.

Here, I’m sure you’d love something to eat, it’s been a long day after all. Catherine Booth, together with her husband, fed the hungry working masses in London – a tradition that continues in the Salvation Army to this day. In her honor, I’ve made you some crumpets and tea, and I’ll serve them on this exquisite Wedgewood Sweet Dish set featuring her visage.  I suspect you might find more of them for $26.99 on eBay. They’re an exquisite pale blue jasper, with “hand applied white bas-relief figures” of both General William Booth and Army Mother Catherine Booth, and I think there’s no better way for us to show admiration for their lives of discipleship then by eating crumpets from a plate with their faces on it.

Wait, what’s that? You say my crumpets are upsetting your stomach? Well, that’s nothing compared to the opposition that Catherine Booth received to her place as a trailblazing woman preaching the gospel, or the general opposition the work of the Salvation Army received. Have I shown you this delicate piece I inherited from my family. It’s a silver-plated locket with… an illustration of an uprising against the work of the Salvation Army? What kind of sick people are my relatives to frame this business? Catherine said the gospel would spur opposition, but I… don’t think she sought it out. I can hardly believe they bought this for $31.65 on Zazzle, taking up to 15% off with discount code ZWEDDINGPLAN.

Wait, you’re heading for the door? You have to leave now? To vote for Catherine in Lent Madness? Very well, then, very well.

Before you go, here, let me give you some reading material as you go. It’s one of my favorite works of fiction, Kindnapped by River Rats: William and Catherine Booth. Jack and Amy come to London searching for their uncle without anything – and “attempting to live on the streets is frightening, dangerous, and an opportunity for the worst elements of the city to take advantage of them” Where can they find safety? Can the General and Catherine Booth be trusted to care for them? I won’t spoil the ending, my friend. But let’s just say that, you won’t be surprised.

–David Sibley

Absalom Jones vs. Catherine Booth

  • Absalom Jones (55%, 3,444 Votes)
  • Catherine Booth (45%, 2,826 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,270

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98 Comments to "Absalom Jones vs. Catherine Booth"

  1. John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
    March 24, 2021 - 8:02 am | Permalink

    When the plague came, the African Church
    Vowed they’d not leave the sick in the lurch:
    Risking illness or worse
    The afflicted they’d nurse.
    (You can find this in online research)

    • Debra K McLaughlin's Gravatar Debra K McLaughlin
      March 24, 2021 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Brave Episcopalian Black priest vs. brave preaching woman – both still relevant and helping and healing for today. Thanks for all your great limericks!

  2. Gwen's Gravatar Gwen
    March 24, 2021 - 8:07 am | Permalink

    All the kitsch are absolutely great!

  3. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    March 24, 2021 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    Both such worthy candidates! But I must go with my candidate for The Golden Halo, Absalom Jones! #GoAbsalom

    • Susan McFeatters's Gravatar Susan McFeatters
      March 24, 2021 - 9:29 am | Permalink

      I agree!

      • Robyn's Gravatar Robyn
        March 24, 2021 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

        Absalom Jones allll the way baby!!

  4. Timothy J. Mannion's Gravatar Timothy J. Mannion
    March 24, 2021 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Wow, I’m the second commenter today! Woot woot! And here’s a toot for Absalom Jones. On the heels of the original BLM Movement, he quietly rescued his beloved with and then himself from bondage. Oh, that it were so easy today. Although I must say I do love that quote from Catherine. Tough choice, but hey, that’s how it is!

    • Timothy J. Mannion's Gravatar Timothy J. Mannion
      March 24, 2021 - 8:24 am | Permalink

      Or, perhaps I’m not as fast a typist as Gwen and Ann, so I’m really the fourth!

  5. Cath Fenton's Gravatar Cath Fenton
    March 24, 2021 - 8:25 am | Permalink

    I was torn between the two, but reading that Absalom was involved with the Freemasons turned me against him, and I voted Catherine. Besides which, we share a first name!

    • Laurel's Gravatar Laurel
      March 24, 2021 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

      I’m with you in that one. My vote goes to Catherine.

  6. Barbara Ross's Gravatar Barbara Ross
    March 24, 2021 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    Inspired writing by David Sibley today, but I must vote for Absalom Jones.

  7. Ellen L Mintzmyer's Gravatar Ellen L Mintzmyer
    March 24, 2021 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    After just listening to Oliver Twist (on you tube) how can I not honor Catherine Booth.

  8. Belle's Gravatar Belle
    March 24, 2021 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Oh, my goodness. My biggest voting challenge yet. I voted for both Jones and Booth in the previous rounds. I thought Jones was a shoo-in due to his membership in the Freemasons, as my father and grandfather (and maybe ancestors farther back) were; but then I saw the blue Wedgewood dishes, and my mother was a minor collector and big fan of Wedgewood. (When the candidates are so equal, one does take to the kitsch level to decide.)

    Well. Rather than flip a coin, I’m going with Jones. As a person who fought against such odds to learn to read, to free his wife and himself from enslavement, to work on behalf of other enslaved people, to start a congregation that grew to 500 members in its first year, even to object to segregation in churches, and to stop the slave system while providing aid to many — he gets my vote today.

    • Belle's Gravatar Belle
      March 24, 2021 - 8:36 am | Permalink

      PS: as a professional typographer back in the day, I have to say that I love the type on that t-shirt!

      • Constance Santana's Gravatar Constance Santana
        March 24, 2021 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

        I too thought the type on the tee shirt was intentional and well done. Love Booth. Stayed at the Salvation Army as a child with my mother and siblings during a very hard time. I learned enough Roman Catholic while there to get a spot in the Catholic girls home for the next seven years. Have to love SA for accepting my family even though we were obviously not of their faith.

  9. Cathy's Gravatar Cathy
    March 24, 2021 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    Truth be told, it was the Wedgewood that captured my vote, and the crumpets.

    • andrea's Gravatar andrea
      March 25, 2021 - 12:13 am | Permalink

      Me too.

  10. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 24, 2021 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    Well done, Miriam McKenney, with your tr0lling of the SEC by turning the Forward Day by Day itself into kitsch! Now I want peg dolls of Tim and Scott. But I had to go with Kidnapped by River Rats, and if that wasn’t over the top enough, there’s Wedgwood! David Sibley blew me away with his inspired, Pulitzer-caliber prose. A+! Drat WordPress that it doesn’t support Comic Sans. You WON’T BE SURPRISED that I voted for Catherine Booth.

    • Steven Slaubaugh's Gravatar Steven Slaubaugh
      March 24, 2021 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

      There are peg dolls of Tim and Scott too 🙂

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        March 24, 2021 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

        Thank you, Steven! Love the SEC peg dolls! Someone put a lot of love into that, and it is much appreciated.

      • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
        March 24, 2021 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

        I love that George T. Dog is there at Scott’s side.

        And I notice that the video comes from the hometown parish of the current Secretary of Transportation.

    • Miriam Mckenney's Gravatar Miriam Mckenney
      March 24, 2021 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

      Yes, thanks! I do work at Forward Movement so I could not help myself.

  11. March 24, 2021 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    Two very worthy candidates, indeed, but I will stick with Absalom. I’ve been to a few Absalom Jones celebrations at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, so I’m sticking with the guy I know best, but have grown to better appreciate Ms. Booth as a result of her place on the quadrant and the opportunity to read about her, both in the blog and the comments section.
    There are no losers here, other than me in my local Lent Madness competition.

    • Carolyn Johnson's Gravatar Carolyn Johnson
      March 24, 2021 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Completely agree with your comments.

  12. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 24, 2021 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    Wedgwood versus china:
    Where are the recipes this year? In honor of today’s vote, I have found a recipe for southern biscuits, requiring flour (self-rising), shortening/lard, and buttermilk. (Warning: product placement ahead):
    And a recipe for crumpets, requiring a few more ingredients, including yeast, but they look, as Mary Berry would say, “scrummy”:

    • Sarah P's Gravatar Sarah P
      March 24, 2021 - 10:49 am | Permalink

      King Arthur Baking also has a wonderful recipe for sourdough crumpets that only takes sourdough starter, sugar, baking soda and salt. These would be lovely served on Wedgewood (placed on a doily I think). I am voting for Catherine.

  13. Kitty's Gravatar Kitty
    March 24, 2021 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    I voted for Catherine before and she gets my vote again. Feeding the hungry is top of my list.

  14. Ann Palches's Gravatar Ann Palches
    March 24, 2021 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    There is a stained glass window depicting Absalom Jones in Grace Episcopal Church, Vineyard Haven, MA also. It is placed alongside a window honoring Bishop Burgess, first Black Diocesan bishop in US. He and his wife Esther were active in our parish, particularly in their retirement years.

  15. Sharron's Gravatar Sharron
    March 24, 2021 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    I won’t be surprised if Absalom takes this round given the ethno-American bias at play in the responses and the lessons still to be learned from BLM; nevertheless I’m going for Catherine given the international spread of Sally Ann’s influence, action and efforts of caring for all in need regardless of race, colour or creed. Guess I’m showing my Canadian bias but hey, loved ALL the kitsch.

  16. Kim Wagley's Gravatar Kim Wagley
    March 24, 2021 - 9:06 am | Permalink

    Has anyone else decided that the saints at this level are equally tied and is instead of voting by saint voting by the amount of humor found in the kitsch? I love the blogs this round! David Sibley, you get my vote for today; I loved your style. Thank you for the chuckle!

    • Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
      March 24, 2021 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

      That’s exactly what I’m doing!

    • Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
      March 24, 2021 - 8:42 pm | Permalink

      My sentiments exactly!

  17. david s.'s Gravatar david s.
    March 24, 2021 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    C’mon people – we NEED a Catherine vs. Catherine semi-final!!! What a classic rivalry to compete at such a pressure packed time. #voteCATHERINE!!!!

  18. Deborah's Gravatar Deborah
    March 24, 2021 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    Oh, Wedgewood crumpet plates! The level of Kitsch has been elevated. Forgive my typos, my pinky fingers are extended. On kitsch alone, my heart says vote for Catherine. But my head tells me Absalom is heading for the Golden Halo. Perhaps the SEC can get some knock-off Catherine Booth crumpet plates for the Lentorium? Big seller potential, no doubt.

  19. Judy Artley's Gravatar Judy Artley
    March 24, 2021 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    St Cyprian’s, Roxbury (Boston), Mass, has a window for Absalom Jones. This page has a good set of photos of the windows: https://wordsandimagesbycynthia.com/2016/07/29/st-cyprians-episcopal-church/
    The windows depict many saints of color.

    • F. Pirquet's Gravatar F. Pirquet
      March 24, 2021 - 9:47 am | Permalink

      Must visit soon…had no idea we had this treasure in Boston.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 24, 2021 - 11:18 am | Permalink

      I have a lot of folks to research now. I hadn’t heard of all of them. Thanks, Judy!

    • Temple's Gravatar Temple
      March 24, 2021 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

      What beautiful windows, and amazing story of St. Cyprian in Roxbury. Thank you for sharing this jewel.

  20. Jenny Caplan's Gravatar Jenny Caplan
    March 24, 2021 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    As a scholar and professor of American religions Absalom always would have had my vote because he’s one of my top 3 favorite American religious figures. But as a Daytonian YOU HAVE CAPTURED MY HEART by including the window from St. George’s. Yes, fine, capturing the Dayton vote may be a niche opportunity, but I know I have personally gotten at LEAST 4 people in Dayton to become regular voters over the years, so we are small but mighty!

  21. Carolyn Hartman's Gravatar Carolyn Hartman
    March 24, 2021 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    Another tough choice as both are worthy in deeds and kitsch. But I voted for Absalom Jones in hopes of a runoff between him and Benedict the Moor. Now THAT will be interesting!!!

    • Constance Santana's Gravatar Constance Santana
      March 24, 2021 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Same! I had to vote Absalom even though I have only good thoughts of the Salvation Army and I fear having to vote between Absalom and Benedict the Moor who I fell n love with this year.

  22. Steven Niccolls's Gravatar Steven Niccolls
    March 24, 2021 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Voted for Absalom because he is my choice for the Golden Halo. Also in today political climate the Catherine quote turned me off.

  23. Dr M.'s Gravatar Dr M.
    March 24, 2021 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    Both, as always, excellent blogs! Today David’s is particularly clever! ALMOST pulled my vote from Absalom, and both such worthy Saints! This holy season especially tho, #BLM. Plus, as an LGBTQ+, I’m ultimately too ambivalent about the Salvation Army to vote for it. (Even as I do appreciate its co-founder Saint Catherine.)

  24. Rosanne's Gravatar Rosanne
    March 24, 2021 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    Usually go for uplifting the women faith leaders, but I am also an African-American Episcopalian. Is this a secret ballot? A vote for other than Absalom Jones might be frowned upon although UBE is a non-endorsing body. My sisters and I vowed this year though to vote for all the Catherines. Yes, one of us is a Catherine. So tough. Masonic pitcher did it for me. How did I not know the lodge history? Fascinating!

  25. March 24, 2021 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    I voted for Catherine for the irony that her face is portrayed onWedgwood china. So why isn’t her quote embroidered on a cashmere sweater??

  26. Cheri Vocelka's Gravatar Cheri Vocelka
    March 24, 2021 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    I love the write-up of Catherine’s kitsch, it made me laugh out loud! But I’ve chosen Absalom to go all the way to the Golden Halo, so he gets my vote again!

  27. Katherine Grimes's Gravatar Katherine Grimes
    March 24, 2021 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    For trivia buffs, here’s a bit: Emma Wedgwood, whose grandfather founded Wedgwood pottery, married Charles Darwin. That fact did not affect my vote, but I did enjoy making the connection.

  28. Ralph's Gravatar Ralph
    March 24, 2021 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    My mind is very much focused today on Saint Oscar Romero of El Salvador on this anniversary of his martyrdom, and with many Salvadorans still fleeing to our border . His picture hangs in our chapel. But with this choice of two saintly champions of equality, I’m sticking with Catherine.

    • Jack Zamboni's Gravatar Jack Zamboni
      March 24, 2021 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

      Has Oscar Romero ever been in Lent Madness? If not, SEC, put him in next year, please!

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        March 24, 2021 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

        Yes! He was beatified by Pope Francis in 2018! I think his inclusion is a great idea, Jack.

        • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
          March 24, 2021 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

          And Saint Oscar Romero was recognized by The Episcopal Church long before Rome got around to canonizing one of their own.

  29. Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
    March 24, 2021 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Choosing between saints is madness indeed, but I truly enjoyed David Sibley’s write-up of Catherine Booth.

  30. Elinor Boyce's Gravatar Elinor Boyce
    March 24, 2021 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    The chapel in our church, St. Peter’s Lewes DE is dedicated to Absalom and the thought is that he was baptized by one of our former rectors since he was born on a near by plantation. We also have an icon to him in our foyer so all feel welcome in our church. Absalom all the way

  31. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 24, 2021 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    Confidently expecting Absalom to be storming ahead I was swayed by the kitsch and the excellent write up to vote for Catherine. I will be equally happy to see either progress, but … Wedgewood plates… I now want crumpets.

  32. Diana Van Fossen's Gravatar Diana Van Fossen
    March 24, 2021 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    I’ll vote for Catherine for what was a simple answer to the needs of her times.

  33. Michelle J Walker's Gravatar Michelle J Walker
    March 24, 2021 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    I’m voting for Absalom Jones to take it all, but David Sibley that was a fantastic piece of writing!

    • A Jennifer's Gravatar A Jennifer
      March 25, 2021 - 12:27 pm | Permalink


  34. KarenR's Gravatar KarenR
    March 24, 2021 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    Absalom for the Golden Halo.

  35. Vickie's Gravatar Vickie
    March 24, 2021 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    If there were a halo for best LM blogger, no one would be more deserving than David Sibley! Thank you for your most engaging entry today. If only you did not have to go up against what appears to be this year’s favorite. My vote went to Catherine today.

  36. Story's Gravatar Story
    March 24, 2021 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    It was tough, but I went with Absalom Jones because I loved Laila H.’s drawing.

  37. Barbara Miles's Gravatar Barbara Miles
    March 24, 2021 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    A piece of performance Art: February 7, 2016, SuperBowl Sunday afternoon!! Washington National Cathedral hosted a jazz mass in honor of Absalom Jones to a full house!! You can find all 2-1/2 hours of it on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.

  38. JoJo's Gravatar JoJo
    March 24, 2021 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Catherine be gone. I haven’t voted for her yet she survives. The Salvation Army bells are obnoxious and they won’t allow other charities a chance to collect funds in their prime spots, not a goodwill attitude.
    Absalom Jones, an Episcopalian, is my vote today, a saint for our times for the Golden Halo. Today’s kitsch should’ve mentioned The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta. Please check out their website: centerforracialhealing.org for informative, thought provoking , timely workshops.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 24, 2021 - 11:48 am | Permalink

      “I haven’t voted for [ ], and yet [ ] survives.” It’s the Cruz we all bear. I feel your pain.

      • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
        March 24, 2021 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

        I see what you did there St. Celia. 😉

  39. Katrina S Soto's Gravatar Katrina S Soto
    March 24, 2021 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Though I enjoyed the light-hearted, and hilarious, write up on Catherine, my heart still belongs to Absalom.

  40. Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
    March 24, 2021 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Much as I admire Catherine, and disagree with JoJo (Catherine is no more to blame for jingling Santas than Jesus is for Fred Phelps!), I’m going with Absalom today, in honour of my son who is a Mason and in honour of the Brotherhood that does such good work in the world.

  41. Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
    March 24, 2021 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    I voted for Absalom, as I did in the previous two rounds, remembering that I first learned about him in a previous Lent Madness.
    But I admire Catherine and would certainly vote for her in a future Lent Madness.
    Both of them are Golden-Halo-worthy.

  42. Elisabeth Goldstein's Gravatar Elisabeth Goldstein
    March 24, 2021 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    I subscribe to this to learn more about saints. But I don’t like pitting one against another and I really hate the kichy stuff you are into in the final days. It’s not funny just annoying.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 24, 2021 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Try “Option-L” on your computer.

    • Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
      March 24, 2021 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

      I look forward to the kitsch round every year. I also enjoy considering what I find inspirational about the particular saints, and reading about what others think, and “pitting one against another” seems to be an effective way of generating discussion. You might want to skip reading the kitsch write-ups, and obviously you don’t need to vote. Just take from Lent Madness what is interesting to you. To each his own. 🙂

  43. JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
    March 24, 2021 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    Hot Diggety! Day two without anyone doing the “Debby Downer” on the inappropriateness of kitsch to the solemnity of Saintliness! After all, Voltaire is purported to have opined “God is a comedian, preaching to an audience that is afraid to laugh!” That said, my vote is for Absalom Jones, and I will now go ask my husband, who is a Mason, why he never told me about that connection!

    • JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
      March 24, 2021 - 11:57 am | Permalink

      But I did order Kidnapped by the River Rats for my kindle!

  44. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 24, 2021 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    Despite Miriam McKinney’s SEC-trolling by putting a 2020 FDBD volume amongst the kitsch, David Sibley’s pose won me over.

  45. Kate Cabot's Gravatar Kate Cabot
    March 24, 2021 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Absalom Jones is my pick for this year’s Golden Halo! Go Absalom!

  46. Antoinette R. van Kriedt's Gravatar Antoinette R. van Kriedt
    March 24, 2021 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I came to Lent Madness some ten years ago, or so, in response to a friend asking for votes for Absalom Jones. I’m still here and have enjoyed the Lents since, but I’m still waiting for Absalom to get his golden halo. He deserves it.

  47. Susan from Westford's Gravatar Susan from Westford
    March 24, 2021 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I was kind of dreading this match-up because I voted for both of them, but I am Catherine all the way for the Golden Halo!

    Such worthy Saints!

  48. Ed Totten's Gravatar Ed Totten
    March 24, 2021 - 12:58 pm | Permalink

    My father was an avid Mason , but I attended Salvation Army services for a month or two as a child. What to do, what to do???

  49. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    March 24, 2021 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Going with Absalom Jones for the Golden Halo

  50. Ann Lane's Gravatar Ann Lane
    March 24, 2021 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    The Kitsch is wonderful. It gives us a fuller picture of what these Saints have inspired along the years. Fascinating items are shown, such as Kidnapped by River Rats. Plus, I have learned of The Center for Racial Healing, the wonderful stained glass windows in St. Cyprian’s, and have a recipe for crumpets. During this somewhat gloomy time, we can all use some lightness and humor. Hurray for the kitsch!

  51. Paula Conley's Gravatar Paula Conley
    March 24, 2021 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    It seems that some people decided in the last round that Absalom was going to win the golden halo. That put me off. How much that influenced today’s vote is something we’ll never know. I voted for him in the last round. He had a great deal of influence in the “colonies, but Catherine and the Salvation Army have a world-wide impact even today. My vote goes to Catherine

  52. Ruth Anne Hill's Gravatar Ruth Anne Hill
    March 24, 2021 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow…both are saintly heroes in my book!! However, in solidarity with John Lewis’s (he definitely is on the road to sainthood if he hasn’t already arrived!) “Get into trouble…good trouble”, I’ll go with Catherine’s “shake up the present” words of wisdom.

  53. Loretta's Gravatar Loretta
    March 24, 2021 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    The kitsch round always gets me voting for the quality of the kitsch (and the write ups) rather than the saints themselves. Oh well!

    • Jeaninejj's Gravatar Jeaninejj
      March 24, 2021 - 9:11 pm | Permalink

      I too am voting more for the kitsch and David Sibley’s write-up than for the saints. My bracket busted in the first round, and Absalom is going to take this round no matter my vote – so go with the write-up I will!

  54. March 24, 2021 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Completely agree with your comments.

  55. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    March 24, 2021 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m still bummed that both Catherine and Absalom ended up facing each other. They were my top two choices for the Golden Halo. I voted for Absalom but would be happy if Catherine pulled through to the top.

    • Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
      March 24, 2021 - 10:12 pm | Permalink

      I AGREE!!

  56. MARY ROSA's Gravatar MARY ROSA
    March 24, 2021 - 4:51 pm | Permalink


  57. Barbara Gay's Gravatar Barbara Gay
    March 24, 2021 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Have to vote for Catherine in honor of the women of my family who were religious leaders in their time. But am betting on Absalom for the big win. Just a suggestion – I think the Tim and Scott peg dolls might get a lot of takers in the Lentorium

  58. Chris Rhoads's Gravatar Chris Rhoads
    March 24, 2021 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Still simmering from “Catherine doused Joan of Arc.” If Catherine has surpassed my great hero Joan of Arc in Lent Madness greatness, than Catherine better get her mug on that mug! For Joan….

  59. Catherine Linberg's Gravatar Catherine Linberg
    March 24, 2021 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone have a way to get word to Play Lent Madness? They are showing today’s matchup in retrograde, as Absalom Jones v Marianne Cope.

  60. Amy Cook's Gravatar Amy Cook
    March 24, 2021 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Catherine Booth has better stuff! But in reality, I might have voted for Absalom Jones before I saw the masonic connection. I can’t vote for that.

  61. Sylvia Miller-Mutia's Gravatar Sylvia Miller-Mutia
    March 24, 2021 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    African American religious pioneer
    Bought his wife’s freedom
    Served the sick
    Abundant courage
    Loved God and people
    Ordained as a first
    Ministry of Christian community
    By St.Marks ABQ and friends

  62. Sandy Warren's Gravatar Sandy Warren
    March 24, 2021 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Never over all these years has my vote been changed by the kitsch round. Until now. As much as I admire Catherine, I knew ahead that I had to vote for Absalom … but then the conversational tone of David Sibley’s marvelous write-up foiled my plan and I voted for Catherine.

  63. Nora's Gravatar Nora
    March 24, 2021 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Absalom had me at folk art and peg dolls.

  64. Jim Willse's Gravatar Jim Willse
    March 24, 2021 - 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Absalom Jones was a deacon
    Whom slavery did not weaken.
    He became a priest,
    And not in the least,
    Now serves as an Episcopal beacon.

    • Ed Totten's Gravatar Ed Totten
      March 24, 2021 - 11:39 pm | Permalink


  65. Kim Gray's Gravatar Kim Gray
    March 25, 2021 - 7:18 am | Permalink

    The Gray Household Haiku

    I voted for Booth
    She liked to help sick people.
    Catherine has my vote.

  66. Theodore Renaud's Gravatar Theodore Renaud
    March 25, 2021 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    The Salvation Army fed, clothed and provided spiritual guidance to me and my family. I am forever indebted to Catherine and all her work. Absalom is incredible but Catherine’s lasting global work gives her the edge.

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