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A Shroud Exhibit Comes to Decatur, Illinois

Tony Reid reporting in the Herald & Review:

Accompanying the shroud [full-size] photograph is a 92-panel information display outlining the history of the shroud and explaining the horrors of death by crucifixion. There is also an almost life-size sculpture of Christ crucified, showing in bloody precision the wounds described in biblical accounts and also portraying those as seen on the shroud.

Knights of Columbus member Bud Walsh arranged for the exhibit’s visit and said it was put together by the Center for the Study of the Passion of the Christ and the Holy Shroud.[*]

The exhibit is on loan from the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown, who loan it to Catholic parishes, schools and Knights of Columbus councils.

“I am just in awe of it, I really am,” said Walsh. “And it takes 1,800-square-feet of space to be able to display it and the 92 information panels.”

Visitor Susan Vasquez, seeing it for the first time Tuesday, was left struggling for words. “I almost feel like I am in the presence of a miracle,” said Vasquez, 67, who lives in Decatur. “I am going to tell all my friends about it.”

With so many exhibits popping up, mostly it seems in the Midwest of the United States, one begins to wonder how many organizations are sponsoring exhibits like this. See GuildStar for this organization: Address: Lisle, IL 60532; EIN: 39-1290575; NTEE Category: X Religion, Spiritual Development, X83 (Religious Printing, Publishing); Ruling Year: 1978

Don’t get me wrong; I’m generally in favor of as many exhibits and presentations as possible.

Should you ever need to assist setting up one of these exhibits, this fifteen minute video will help. Otherwise you can watch it for entertainment if you have run out of everything else to do in life.

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