Fr. Tim Schenck, creator of Lent Madness, models the new collector item mug with the Lent Madness 2012 website in the background.
RNS photo courtesy Tim Schenck
"I was looking for a fun way to embrace the Lenten season," said Schenck, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hingham, Mass.
"Lent doesn't have to be all doom and gloom," said Schenck
says, is to help people "connect with the risen Christ during this season" and to "have a bit of fun in the process."
Episcopal saints are defined by Schenck
as "people who are heroes in the church. ...
They are not perfect but they are faithful.
Catholic saints, in contrast, are formally canonized.
"When we think about saints, we tend to immobilize and immortalize them in paintings," said Schenck
The logo of Lent Madness,
begs the question, `Who will win the Golden Halo?' RNS photo courtesy Tim Schenck
Like Schenck, he
sees no reason why Lent can't be fun.
"It has just exploded this year," said Schenck
Fr. Tim Schenck first created Lent Madness on his blog, "Clergy Family Confidential.
RNS photo courtesy Tim Schenck.
and Gunn are looking forward to an ever-expanding Lent Madness community and have already begun discussing how things can be improved for next year.
" said Schenck
, "is here to stay."