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. I'm so grateful for Lent Madness every year. Although I am 75 years old and in many ways do identify as a Boomer, I even figured out how to get LM on my phone when I was going to be away from my computer for a week! Thanks to the honorable SEC, all the Celebrity Bloggers (I will miss you, Anna Fitch Courie), and all the many behind-the-scenes people that make it all possible (the blessing of St. Andrew be upon you). And the commenting community, of whom I love being a part. I haven't seen any comments this year about the dreaded weekend malady called Lent Madness Withdrawal, but now I take a deep breath for the months-long LMW. There used to be a calendar that would tell me exactly how many hundred days I will have to wait for Lent Madness XVI. I'll wait. See you all next year.

  2. Thanks for another great Lent Madness. The bloggers continue to be wonderful and the SEC is the best.
    Easter blesdings yo all

  3. This contest is part of my Lenten discipline. Over the years I have learned quite a bit about some amazing people. Looking forward to next year.

  4. I was so afraid that Julian would be a 'bridesmaid' again this time around. So glad to have guessed wrong!!

  5. Thank you to the SEC, Celebrity Bloggers, and fellow voters for another year of Lent Madness! Now, Triduum and Easter!!

  6. Julian of Norwich is my favorite, and although I didn't participate, I did follow the game. So, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."

  7. I really look forward to Lent Madness each year now. I learn so much without it feeling like "school". The writers are all to be commended on doing great jobs. Thank you Scott and Tim for leading this effort.

  8. Thank you to all involved for another great Lent Madness!! As always I enjoyed learning about the saints, and it brought joy to some tough days this year.

    Thank you Anna Fitch Courie for all your wonderful write ups, you will be missed.

    A Blessed Triduum and a Joyous Easter to all!!

  9. Where are the mugs made? Are they fair trade products and free of heavy metals, including lead?

  10. I’m thrilled with this years winner. Would you please think about entering Dr. George Tiller into the competition next year?

  11. Absolutely love Lent Madness. The Episcopal pastor who first introduced it died a year ago. Miss her sorely! But, I can hear her enthusiasm for the church, the saints and fun with parishioner's over Lent Madness. Thank you for helping us all create good memories. I have shared Lent Madness now with the Lutherans! Our "retired bishop" of NE Ohio and his wife still love it to this day! After all Remembering Jesus our Lord each day is at the heart of our faith with one another at the tomb His Resurrection and promise in Christ on the cross this day. Love you Tim and Scott...you put the joy of Christ in all you do. Thank you! Hope we see many more years of Lent Madness!

  12. Congratulations, Julian. As usual beautiful words that most do not understand wins over sacrificial living.