Category Archives: First Round

Hrotsvitha vs. Gobnait

Yesterday, in a surprising rout, Phillips Brooks was relegated to the O Little Town of Lent Madness Infamy, as Marguerite d’Youville trounced him 70% to 30% to advance to the Saintly Sixteen. She’ll face the winner of Damien of Molokai vs. Pandita Ramabai in the next round. But life, like Lent, moves on. And today […]

Phillips Brooks vs. Marguerite d’Youville

In yesterday’s Biblical action, Tabitha nailed Dismas 76% to 24% to advance to the Saintly Sixteen, where she’ll face the winner of Ananias vs. Photini. Today we leap forward nearly two millennia to encounter a nineteenth century Boston preacher and the second Canadian to appear in Lent Madness 2019. Phillips (don’t call me Phillip) Brooks […]

Tabitha vs. Dismas

After a weekend in which people around the globe wore green, marched in parades, celebrated Irish heritage, and wondered how in the world St. Patrick could have lost to Constance in the first round of Lent Madness 2011, we’re back for another full week of saintly thrills and spills! Believe it or not, we’re halfway […]

Mellitus vs. Ephrem of Nisibis

In perhaps the first true resounding upset of Lent Madness 2019, Marina the Monk swept aside Dominic 62% to 38% to secure a spot in the Saintly Sixteen against Ignatius of Loyola. In the last matchup of the first full week of the saintly season, it’s Mellitus vs. Ephrem of Nisibis. Or Bishop vs. Deacon […]

Dominic vs. Marina the Monk

In yesterday’s saintly action, Richard Allen defeated Hannah Grier Coome 61% to 39% to advance to the Saintly Sixteen, where he’ll face William Wilberforce for a shot at the Elate Eight. Today it’s Dominic vs. Marina the Monk in this intriguing battle of monastics. The winner of this matchup will square off against Ignatius of […]

James the Greater vs. Nicodemus

After a day in which two ascetics battled it out in the wilderness, John Chrysostom emerged victorious over Margaret of Cortona 53% to 47% — despite a late push by Margaret — to advance to the Saintly Sixteen. He’ll face the winner of Mellitus vs. Ephrem of Nisibis. Today we return to the Biblical quadrant […]

John Chrysostom vs. Margaret of Cortona

Welcome back for the first FULL WEEK of Lent Madness 2019. If you’re just joining in the fun, we’re glad you’re here! There’s plenty of madness to go and we’re delighted to have people jump aboard the purple Lenten train at any point in the season. Over the weekend, in the only Saturday battle of […]

Ignatius of Loyola vs. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Welcome to the one and only Saturday matchup of Lent Madness 2019. Grab your coffee, cook up some Eggs St. Benedict, read about some saintly souls, and cast the third and final vote of the week. But first, an update on yesterday’s battle: William Wilberforce forced his way past Agatha Lin Zhao 59% to 41% […]

William Wilberforce vs. Agatha Lin Zhao

Congratulations! You survived the very first day of Lent Madness 2019. Which is more than we can say for Mary of Bethany, who was bounced by her sister Martha 58% to 42%. Martha becomes our first saint to qualify for the Saintly Sixteen, where she’ll face the winner of James the Greater vs. Nicodemus. You […]

Mary of Bethany vs. Martha of Bethany

After a full year of holy anticipation, Lent Madness returns for another season of saintly thrills and spills! Whether this is your tenth year engaging in the annual saintly smackdown or your first, we’re delighted you’ll be spending a portion of your Lenten journey among us. Along the way there will be debates, ire, angst, rejoicing, […]