It seems improbable — a Jewish man traveling far and wide to tell Christians why he believes the Shroud of Turin is the true burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
But that’s just what Barrie Schwortz has found himself doing, nearly 35 years after he traveled to Italy as a documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, a group of scientists who studied the shroud in 1978.
"We went there to answer one question: How is the image formed?" Schwortz said from his home in Colorado. "We didn’t go there to prove it was Jesus or prove it was the Resurrection. Our goal was to simply go and figure out how the image was formed."
Although the team couldn’t answer that question, 18 years later the team’s work convinced Schwortz of the shroud’s authenticity. Since then, it has been his mission to disseminate fact-based information and images on his website, http://www.shroud.com, and through presentations and lectures — including a short course this April at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
And here is the schedule:
Barrie Schwortz will speak about the Shroud of Turin in seven Western Washington communities March 2–7. Most presentations are sponsored by local Knights of Columbus councils; admission is free, but donations to help cover expenses may be requested at some locations.
Saturday, March 2
Monroe – 7 p.m., St. Mary of the Valley Church, 601 W. Columbia St.
Sunday, March 3
Bremerton – 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Cammerman Hall, 500 Veneta Ave.
Vancouver – 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 8701 N.E. 119th St.
Monday, March 4
Vancouver – 9 a.m., St. Joseph Church, 400 S. Andresen Road.
Everett – 7 p.m., St. Mary Magdalen Church, 8517 Seventh Ave. S.E.
Tuesday, March 5
Seattle – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 676 Hall, 722 E. Union St.
Call 206-325-3410 to reserve a seat.
Wednesday, March 6
Bellingham – 7 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave.
Thursday, March 7
Lynden – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Rotary Building, 1775 Front St.