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Maria Skobtsova vs. Quiteria

Lent Madness is back for an another action-packed week and so is the Saintly Sixteen. Today Maria Skobtsova faces Quiteria. Russian nun vs. nonuplet warrior. To get to this round, Maria defeated Thomas à Kempis and Quiteria bested Genesius (remember him?). If you’ve forgotten what happened last Friday, which seems hard to imagine since the weekend […]

Margaret of Scotland vs. Richard Hooker

The Saintly Sixteen continues today as Margaret of Scotland faces Richard Hooker. Scottish Queen vs. Anglican theologian. To get to the Saintly Sixteen Margaret trounced Charles I while Richard easily made it past Mary of Egypt. Yesterday, Peter soundly defeated John the Evangelist 56% to 44%, to become the first saint to advance to the […]

Peter vs. John the Evangelist

Welcome to the Saintly Sixteen! From 32 saints we have narrowed the field to 16. For this round, rather than the basic biographical information we enter the realm of Quirks and Quotes. Our Celebrity Bloggers will provide unusual information or legends surrounding their saints along with quotes either by or about their saints. Don’t forget, […]

Isaac Watts vs. Catherine Winkworth

We end the First Round with a matchup between two musicians, Isaac Watts and Catherine Winkworth. Naturally, we’re calling this the Battle of the Bands. Watts was a prolific Anglican hymn writer whose greatest hits catalogue would be well known to church goers. Winkworth, also a Brit, is credited with bringing the German chorale tradition […]

John of Beverley vs. Martin de Porres

In the penultimate battle of the first round, it’s John of Beverley vs. Martin de Porres. The people of Beverley and of Porres have been agitating for this matchup for years — it’s a huge rivalry and hooligans are involved. Yesterday, Phocas the Gardener maintained his focus in burying Isidore the Farmer 60% to 40%. […]

Monday Madness — March 5, 2018

This week, Tim and Scott preview the upcoming Round of the Saintly Sixteen and answer your viewer mail questions. They also highlight a remarkably prescient Lent Madness participant from the state of Washington. Oh, and they announce plans to continue their boycott of the Oscars award ceremony based on the rejection, again, of Monday Madness […]

Isidore the Farmer vs. Phocas the Gardener

Happy Monday! We’re back for another full week of saintly action and we kick things off with with the long-anticipated agricultural anarchy as Isidore the Farmer faces off against Phocas the Gardener. [insert comment about reaping what you sow] In case you forgot about Friday’s matchup, Michael the Archangel defeated Anna the Prophet 53% to […]

Anna the Prophet vs. Michael the Archangel

A day after voting between two saints with elegant names, we’re back to more mundane monikers. Anna and Michael. There is nothing mundane about these two contestants, however, as prophet faces archangel in a matchup you will only find here at Lent Madness. Is it fair to put an angel in the bracket against a […]

Eglantyne Jebb vs. Seraphim of Sarov

What’s in a name? Eglantyne Jebb and Seraphim of Sarov might just have some theories on this question. The twelfth battle of the first round pits a 20th century English laywoman against an 18th century Russian monk. In yesterday’s action, Dymphna played cat and mouse with Gertrude of Nivelles before prevailing 58% to 42%. She’ll […]

Dymphna vs. Gertrude of Nivelles

Madness and cats. These are among the factors you will be deciding upon as you cast today’s vote between Dymphna, the patron saint of madness, and Gertrude of Nivelles, the patron saint of cats. But of course the lives of saintly souls are more than the various aspects of life we’ve appended to them over […]