imageSheila Frayne Rhoades has a write up on the conference in the local Chesterfield Magazine Network. (Chesterfield is the St. Louis suburb where the conference will take place).

According to Chuck Neff, former St. Louis TV news reporter and executive producer of Salt River Production Group, one of the conference’s sponsors, the local conference is particularly significant.

“In light of the public exposition of the Shroud in 2015 (in Turin), this St. Louis conference stands to be an incredible hallmark of discovery from a noteworthy gathering of many of the world’s leading experts on the Shroud,” Neff explained. “I find it not only interesting, but extremely exciting that so many international Shroud experts would be making their way to St. Louis, to talk about what some describe as the biggest mystery on the face of the earth.”

The four-day conference is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the conference website ( and at the door.

Presenters include Joseph G. Marino, conference chairman; Mark Antonacci, founder and president of Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation, a conference co-sponsor; and Barrie Schwortz, the official documenting photographer during the first scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978, among many others.

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The conference will feature presentations on image formation and C-14 (radiocarbon) dating as well as the physics, chemistry, history, archaeology, iconography and theology of the Shroud.