Julian of Norwich Wins 2024 Golden Halo!

Congratulations to 2024 Golden Halo winner Julian of Norwich! In the final battle of Lent Madness XV, Julian defeated Albert Schweitzer to take this year's crown. Both of these last remaining saints, one modern and one ancient, captured the imagination of the Lent Madness voting public, but only one can wear the golden headgear. And that is Julian of Norwich, 14th century English writer and mystic.

Julian 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), Martha of Bethany (2019), Harriet Tubman (2020), Absalom Jones (2021), José Hernández (2022), and Jonathan Daniels (2023).

To celebrate Julian's victory, perhaps you'd like a commemorative mug? You can enjoy your favorite warm beverage (the SEC recommends fair trade single-origin coffee, though they understand these also work well with tea) while remembering this epic season of Lent Madness 2024. Order your own mug today at the Forward Movement website! They're just $18 and should ship sometime in the early summer, if not before.

Would you like to nominate a saint for Lent Madness 2025? Tim and Scott will be opening up the week-long nomination process (aka Nominationtide) in the coming weeks. While many are called, only 32 are chosen. Stay tuned for details!

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. Happy Lent!


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50 comments on “Julian of Norwich Wins 2024 Golden Halo!”

  1. This was so much fun and interesting. Kudos to the Supreme Executive Committee and Bloggers for an excellent job! Blessings and love to all.

    1. Cheryl, if you dive into the archive of Lent Madness 2024 you will find John's marvellously witty limericks in the comments, usually at the head.

  2. Yay!! Thank you! This is the first year that my congregation actually had a pool going for Lent Madness. So thrilled to hear some of them say how much they were learning and discovering along the way. Looking forward to Lent Madness XVI.

  3. I understand Julian's allure, but I voted for Schweitzer because he did more to actually help those around him in a physical way. He did not hide away from people.

    1. Years ago my youth group went on a mission trip to an orphanage in Baja California. We were there to paint a new building and lay a foundation for the next one, and spend some time playing with the kids. A group from another church arrived shortly after we did. One of their teens asked what we were doing there, and when we told him, he sniffed a bit and said, We're here to PREACH. Even then it seemed to me that both groups were loving and serving God and neighbor. The choice between Julian and Albert was a tough one. In the times that we are living through, we need the example of those who, in spite of their circumstances, fully trust God and maintain faith and hope, who encourage others to be grounded in the goodness and love of God, and those who put that faith and hope into action, working to address the suffering and oppression of others. These two saints beautifully embody both sides of our faith.

  4. Thank you so much for all the madness, learning and discerning. Hats off to all who made this year's madness happen. Many blessings for the Triduum and the Happiest of Easters to you all.

  5. Hooray for St Julian!! Question....why does it say I cannot order a mug and ship to Canada???I have ordered mugs in the past. I'm hoping this is just a glitch. Blessed and Glorious Triduum to one and all +

    1. Well make sure you nominate him! Lol.

      Thank you to all the folks that make this happen very year! Will see many of you next year, and sigh for those who have moved on. My thanks and prayers ❤️!

  6. Have you thought of doing decals or stickers that we can put on the covers of our journals?
    Maybe it is time for a set of affordable stickers featuring all of the winners that Sunday School teachers and parents can use for rewards?
    Not sure about tee shirts, but maybe a compilation of the winners would be good, too.
    Nice job, everyone! Now on to the Triduum!

    1. I love the idea of stickers! Maybe one sheet with all previous winners and another sheet with just the current winner.

  7. Always enjoy your "holy foolishness" and the opportunity to learn more about the saints. Hopefully, you will keep this up for a long time. Plus, this always reminds me of "I sing a song of the saints of God, and I mean to be one too."

  8. So glad Julian won this time, but couldn't you have found a better picture to put on the mug?

  9. Thank you so much for this year’s Lenten Madness!
    Blessings to everyone as we enter into this Sacred Triduum.

  10. Thanks, SEC, for another great season of Lent Madness. Learning about these saints, and in such an entertaining way, has been a rewarding devotional exercise over the years. Thanks also to the Celebrity Bloggers for their fine efforts as well those who have shared comments, which have been invariably insightful. Happy Lent/Triduum!

  11. Yesterday's match-up was very hard since both of these individuals are so worthy. But there is always a chance that Dr. Schweitzer will be in the running for the Golden Halo in the future.

    While I wasn't a fan of Julian's, I was able to learn more about her and by yesterday's vote I could see why she would be suitable to wear this year's halo. My congratulations to all of her fans.

    Happy Easter and may these next days in Lent provide us with moments of prayer and attendance to God's word.

  12. Thank you for the Madness with everyone and everything it takes to make it happen! As we enter the Triduum, may we all remain present to that which is beyond language.

  13. I feel bad about Scweitzer, but Julian is my gal.
    Thank you all work your hard work. It was a great contest this year!
    A Blessed Holy Week to all!

  14. Great year for Lenten Madness. Thank you for this fun annual devotional. I appreciate all the research and presentational efforts of the CBs and the Supreme Council and all backstage. Happy Easter to all.

  15. Another great bracket to educate us and assist our Lenten devotion comes to conclusion. Julian of Norwich is a wonderful result. I wish the art was more expressive of her. I’ll still order cups

  16. Every year I have tried to vote everyday but miss it sometimes.
    I like that we can still read about them even if we miss the voting.
    I have learned so much reading about them.
    Thank you for doing this each year.

  17. Congratulations to Julian on winning the Golden Halo, and to Albert for the Silver. They are both worthy of our attention and appreciation. Thank you, SEC and celebrity bloggers! Once again, I have learned and prayed and laughed my way through Lent, and contemplated the many ways people follow Jesus. Thanks for the comments, especially enjoyed the limericks and hot dish recipes. Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus, for the madness of Lent, the solemnity of Holy Week, and the joy of Easter.

  18. Once again, thank you, Scott and Tim, for an interesting, uplifting, occasionally fingernail-biting LENT MADNESS. And now I should start thinking about who would make a good candidate for LENT MADNESS 2025.

  19. Thank you to all the bloggers who make this annual pilgrimage possible. Canterbury is here. I am pleased that a contemplative has won. This is a "Martha" group, so voting in a contemplative is a high, mature achievement. Next year we will be back to our vigorous social justice warriors. Happy Triduum everybody, and happy Easter on the other side of the cross.

  20. Thanks so much for all your work & great writers & info--some challenging to find & all appreciated! Blessings

  21. Above our kitchen window is a 4"x15" blue wooden plaque that says, "All shall be well...and all manner of thing shall be well," with Julian's name underneath. Many years ago, my husband found me a silver mobius necklace with the same sentiment; I wear it every day. (Well, except when I draped it on our daughter's neck when she was about to give birth to Gabriel!)
    I love both of these saints, and it was hard to choose one, so I didn't. We need the corporal and the mystical in this world. Lent madness gives us a vision of both. Thank you, Scott and Tim and all the organizers, writers, and responders.
    The candidates *all* have halos. God bless us all.

  22. This was my first year to play. I LOVED IT and will this lovely morning ritual!!
    I learned so much. Thank you!

  23. This is my first Lent Madness experience. And, it will not be my last.

    The joy of being on the west coast is that the, inevitable, software and systematic glitches are solved before I log on.

    Well done, everyone.

  24. Lent Madness is such a great way to learn and laugh!
    Brings a spark of joy into a somber time.
    Thank you so much.