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Lent Madness Begins March 7
Lent Madness Begins March 7
Lent Madness began in 2010 seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints. The Rev’d Tim Schenck came up with this unique Lenten devotion, combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints. Lent Madness was born on his blog “Clergy Family Confidential” which has subsequently moved locations and become “Clergy Confidential.”
    The format of Lent Madness is straight-forward: 32 saints are placed into a single tournament-like elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as quotes and quirks are offered, legends are explored, and even areas of saintly kitsch. Check out their glossary at www.lentmadness.org if you’re not sure about terminology,
    The major change from 2010 to 2011 was the introduction of four “celebrity bloggers” to champion particular saints through the Faithful Four. In 2012, Forward Movement and Executive Director Scott Gunn partnered to create their own website and broaden the number of people involved in the writing process.
    Along the way they’ve added more celebrity bloggers, a poster-sized bracket, weekly Monday Madness videos, and the Saintly Scorecard, an annual publication containing all 32 first round bios, information about how to participate in Lent Madness, and an essential Vocabulary List to decipher all things Lent Madness.
    They’ve also inspired thousands of people along the way by forming an online community of people who are passionate about taking their faith, but not themselves, too seriously. 
Last Published: February 26, 2019 12:03 PM