For one full week, the Supreme Executive Committee will be accepting nominations for Lent Madness 2022. The nominating period will remain open through Monday, June 7, at which point this brief exercise in Lenten democracy will cease and the SEC will return to their regularly scheduled benevolently authoritarian ways.
Nominationtide, the most underrated of liturgical seasons, never begins at the same time other than the vague “sometime after Easter Day.” This is partly because Tim and Scott have day jobs and partly because “whim” is one of their ecclesiastical charisms. But it’s here! And the world rejoices!
To insure your SUCCESSFUL nomination, please note the Nominationtide Rules & Regulations, which reside in an ancient illuminated manuscript tended to by aged monks who have been set aside by saints and angels for this holy calling.
- The nominee must, in fact, be dead.
- The nominee must be on the official calendar of saintly commemorations of some church.
- We will accept only one nominee per person.
- You must tell us WHY you are nominating your saint.
- The ONLY way to nominate a saint will be to leave a comment on this post.
- That means comments left on Facebook, Twitter, attached to a brick and thrown through the window at Forward Movement headquarters, or placed on giant placards outside the residences of Tim or Scott don’t count.
As you discern saints to nominate, please keep in mind that a number of saints are ineligible for next year’s Saintly Smackdown. Based on longstanding tradition, this includes the entire field of Lent Madness 2021, those saints who made it to the Round of the Elate Eight in 2020 and 2019, and those from the 2018 Faithful Four.
Needless to say Jesus, Mary, Tim, Scott, past or present Celebrity Bloggers, and previous Golden Halo Winners are also ineligible. Below is a comprehensive list of ineligible saints. Please keep this in mind as you submit your nominations. Do not waste your precious nomination on an ineligible saint!
For the sake of “transparency,” the rest of the process unfolds thusly: Tim and Scott will gather for the annual Spring SEC Retreat at a secure, undisclosed location/coffee shop to consider the nominations and create a full, fun, faithful, and balanced bracket of 32 saints. Then all will be revealed on All Brackets’ Day, November 3rd. Or at least, “that’s the ways we’ve always done it.”
Time to nominate your favorite saint! But first, look over this list. Don’t throw away your shot.
The Saints of Lent Madness 2021 (ineligible)
Camillus de Lellis
Evagrius the Solitary
Nino of Georgia
Benedict the Moor
Jacapone da Todi
Ives of Kermartin
Maryam of Qidun
Arnulf of Metz
Vincent of Saragossa
Albert the Great
Leo the Great
Theodora of Alexandria
Theodora the Empress
Isadora the Simple
Simeon the Holy Fool
Catherine of Bologna
Catherine of Genoa
Bartolome de las Cassas
Joan of Arc
Past Golden Halo Winners (ineligible)
George Herbert, C.S. Lewis, Mary Magdalene, Frances Perkins, Charles Wesley, Francis of Assisi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Florence Nightingale, Anna Alexander, Martha of Bethany, Harriet Tubman, Absalom Jones
From 2018 to 2020 (ineligible)
Joanna the Myrrhbearer
Margaret of Costello
Hildegard of Bingen
Herman of Alaska
Ignatius of Loyola
As you contemplate your (single!) nomination, why not aid your reflection and sharpen your focus with a hot mug of your favorite beverage? The most effective way to do this, of course, is by reverently sipping out of a Lent Madness mug from the Lentorium. We assume you’ve already ordered your Absalom Jones 2021 Golden Halo winner mug, but if not, here’s the link.