Sought: A male Chaldean who can read Aramaic with a theatrical voice

clip_image001I mentioned it before:

(click on the picture for a larger view)

    Now the Chaldean News, a newspaper published by the Chaldean community in Metro Detroit has a great story about the outstanding Shroud of Turin exhibit: A Fascinating Mystery: Exhibit Explores the Shroud of Turin. (Chaldeans, according to the newspaper are indigenous people of Iraq, Eastern-rite Christians who speak Aramaic. There are over 100,000 thousand of them in this part of Michigan.

The history of the shroud can now be observed at a special exhibition at the former St. John United Methodist Church in Royal Oak until August 17. The entire church has been transformed into a 6,000-square-foot gallery.

The exhibit is guided by an audio tour that is one hour long in English, and 1 hour and 25 minutes long in Arabic. It is also available in Russian and Spanish.

“With a headset, it is just you in there,” said Jose Juan Garrigó, CEO of Immersive Planet, Inc., the company that designed the exhibition. “We are currently working on Polish and French Canadian, and are interested in making an audio recording in Aramaic.”

The entire script has already been translated into Aramaic, but the voice for it has not been found. A male Chaldean who can read Aramaic with a powerful, theatrical voice is being sought to fill the role.

Another Tour Group to Turin in 2015

clip_image001Recently announced:

Dr. John Jackson & Rebecca Jackson
Presents An Exclusive

Dear Friend,

This is a personal invitation to join John Jackson, PH.D., founder of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado and acclaimed ethnologist Rebecca Jackson for an experience that could transform your life. The ordinary pilgrim may never encounter the people and places we have scheduled.

The Holy Shroud of Turin
June 6 – JUNE 15, 2015

So, this is in addition to the Southern Cross Pilgrimage with Archbishop William Slattery which includes the Holy Land, Rome and Florence that I mentioned earlier today. The Jackson’s 10 day tour also includes Florence. There will be other tours including, according to the STERA Facebook page, Canterbury Tours with Barrie Schwortz. Back in February, Barrie wrote:

I’ll be working with Canterbury Tours again, as I did in 1998, 2000 and 2010. Now that the dates are confirmed we will start making specific plans. Keep watching for more details in the near future.

I’ll try to spot others, too.

2015: Shroud of Turin Pilgrimage Plus Holy Land, Rome and Florence

imageSouthern Cross is promoting a Holy Shroud and Holy Land Pilgrimage in May next year.

Holy Land: Galilee: Nazareth (Basilica of Annunciation, Mary’s Well etc). Cana (with an opportunity to renew marriage vows). Mount Tabor. Capernaum. Mount of Beatitudes. Tabgha. Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee, and more…

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross). Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Western Wall and Temple Mount. Mount of Olives with Gethsemane, Ascension, Mary’s Tomb etc. Mount Zion with Upper Room, St Peter in Gallicantu and Dormition Abbey, where Our Lady fell asleep…. Ein Kerem, where Our Lady visited Elizabeth. PLUS Bethlehem with Shepherd’s Fields and Bethany

Rome: Papal Audience, Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Catacombs, Major Basilicas,  Ancient and Baroque Rome…

Florence: Dumo cathedral, Church of the Holy Cross with tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo, Renaissance Florence…

Turin: Reserved viewing of the Shroud of Turin in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, sites of Don Bosco: Pinardi Chapel and Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians…

The Official Site Wants You to Come to the Exhibition in 2010

That’s right, 2010

imageIt doesn’t matter how you got to the Official Shroud of Turin website maintained by the Diocese of Turin. Maybe you Googled your way in. Maybe someone sent you the link. Here it is:  Santa Sindone: Sito ufficiale (Shroud of Turin: Official Site). You prefer English so you click on English in the upper right corner. You then see five options in the top menu: 

Let’s just look at a couple of examples. If you click on THE SHROUD, this is what you see:

In the spring of 2010, just ten years after the Exposition in the jubilee year, the Holy Shroud will once again be on display in the Cathedral of Torino starting on 10 April to 23 May and also Pope Benedict XVI will be there to revere it. The Pope will be in Turin Sunday 2 May 2010.

2010?  April 10 to May 23?  Pope Benedict XVI will be there? Note that the bolding in this paragraph is not mine.  This is the official site published by the Diocese of Turin. 

Now click on NEWS AND INFO. Then click on Information. Then Online reservations. Maybe you are thinking of going in 2015.  Here is what you see:

From december it is possibile to make an online reservation to attend the Shroud exhibition from 10 april to 23 may 2010.Reservations are required.

2010?  Again? So you click on Italian. Maybe Google can translate it for you. No, that won’t do. The page is not available. You quickly lose confidence.

If you are going to be in or around Kearney, Nebraska

image. . .  today or tomorrow – or passing through on Interstate 80 going between, say Des Moines, Iowa and Cheyenne, Wyoming – there is an exhibit of the Man of the Shroud at the Kearney Ramada Inn just north of the highway interchange on Route 44 between the Chrysler Jeep dealership and the Dairy Queen.

According to the Kearney Hub:

The hours [are] 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge.

Viewers will see a life-size photographic transparency 14 feet tall by 3 feet wide that replicates the Shroud of Turin.

The exhibit includes many detailed, back-lit panels with information surrounding the shroud and the death and resurrection of Jesus. It also features a life-size sculpture of Jesus on a 9-foot-tall cross graphically depicting every wound revealed in the image of the Shroud.

imageThe circles in the above Google Earth photograph are not crop circles.  Well, actually they are. They are created by giant irrigation sprinklers that go around in circles.

The point is this: the Shroud of Turin is increasingly becoming a subject of interest just about everywhere. That’s wonderful.

Russ Breault Visiting South Jersey Shore

imageAccording to the Cape May Country Herald, Russ Breault will be taking Shroud Encounter to the South Jersey Shore, “Cooler by a Mile,” town of Avalon on Seven Mile Island. Nice gig if you can get it.

AVALON – Shroud Encounter will be coming to St. Brendan the Navigator Parish located at 5012 Dune Drive in Avalon, NJ, June 28 and June 29, both presentations at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00. Is this shroud, found in a church in the city of Turin, Italy, the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ?

[ . . . ] Mr. Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, History Channel and Discovery. He was interviewed last year for Good Morning America to discuss the latest research. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, Johns Hopkins, Penn State and many others. See for more information.

The Shroud in Nebraska

The shroud is getting everywhere that it needs to get. So it seems.

imageThe Yankton Press and Dakotan in South Dakota is reporting that in Menominee, just a hop, skip and a jump across the Missouri River in Nebraska . . .

. . . In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Spirit Catholic Radio is bringing a traveling exhibit, titled “The Man of the Shroud,” to nine different cities across Nebraska, including Menominee, during June and July.

The free exhibit will be on display July 15-20 at St. Boniface Parish in Menominee. For times, visit

imageThe Shroud of Turin has long been venerated by the faithful and is believe by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth.

The exhibit will be on display at various parishes and Catholic high schools in cooperation with local Knights of Columbus councils.

The traveling exhibit, developed by the late Msgr. Guilio Ricci, president of the Roman Center for the Study of the Holy Shroud at the Vatican, includes as the centerpiece a full-length photographic image of the Shroud made by the Eastman Kodak Co. . . .

The shroud is getting everywhere that it needs to get. So it seems.

If you will be in Nebraska next weekend

imageLent, a particularly popular time for Shroud of Turin presentations, is long past this year. Easter season, longer than Lent, is ending. Sunday, June 8th, will be Pentecost Sunday or Whitsunday. We will be beginning the Season after Pentecost, the second part of Ordinary Times, the long ‘green’ summer into autumn season of the church year. Shroud lectures mostly stop for a time.

Either the shroud is becoming a more popular topic or Russ Breault’s Shroud Encounter has become so popular that this year it goes on and on. And if you are in Nebraska next weekend into Monday you can catch Russ doing his presentation. He will be in Omaha on Pentecost Sunday, June 8th, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church at 5:00pm and in Lincoln on Monday, June 9th at the North American Martyrs Church at 7:00pm. Follow the links for more details and promotional videos.

Come to think of it, the Season after Pentecost may be the most meaningful season of the year for Shroud of Turin presentations.

Program and Presenters for the St. Louis Shroud of Turin Conference

It’s online and merits your attention

imageThe IMPRESSIVE PROGRAM kicks off on Thursday evening with a Shroud Encounter Presentation by Russ Breault and wraps up Sunday morning with a presentation by The Most Rev. Michael John Sheridan. I count 42 presentations.

The LIST OF PRESENTERS is impressive. This is nicely organized with pictures of everyone. Each name in the list is clickable (just as the names are clickable on the Program page) if you want to review biographies; and you will.

Joseph S. Accetta, Ph.D. |  Mark Antonacci |  Frederick Baltz, M.D. |  Bruno Barberis

Cesar Barta  | Roger Bassett  |  Russ Breault  |  Sebastien Cataldo  |  Giulio Fanti

Tony Fleming  | Diana Fulbright  |  Thibault Heimburger, M.D.  |  Kelly P. Kearse

Michelina LeMargie, Ph.D. |  Arthur C. Lind, Ph. D. | Charles Mader, Ph.D.

Paul C. Maloney  |  Flavia Manservigi  | Emanuela Marinelli |  Jack Markwardt

David M. Onysko  | Ivan Polverari  |  Robert A. Rucker  | Daniel C. Scavone, Ph.D.

Raymond J. Schneider, P.E., Ph.D.  |  Jon Schoonover. Ph.D.  |  Peter M. Schumacher, Rev.

Barrie M. Schwortz  |  Michael Sheridan, Most Rev. |  Robert W. Siefker

Andrew Silverman, M.D.  |  Jeffrey Skurka, P.E. |  Petrus Soons, M.D.

Daniel S. Spicer, Ph.D.  | Kenneth Stevenson, Rev. |  Robert Villarreal

Today, May 30th, is the last day . . . Well No. Make that tomorrow.

I have corrected the date in the title. I had written June 30th.

And then Joe wrote in saying: “I also just realized that May has 31 days, so anyone can get the early registration discount through the end of Saturday.”

I think I should have stayed in bed. Just register and be done with it.

Today Tomorrow is the last day to register for the St. Louis Shroud of Turin Conference for $120 USD. After today tomorrow, the price increases to $150. The exception is student tickets which are $50 at all times.



Note that costs for hotel accomodations are in addition to the confernce registration fee. For more information visit or click on the image below.


More Publicity for Royal Oak Exhibition of the Shroud of Turin

imageThe Royal Oak (Detroit Suburb) exhibition of the Shroud is getting more and more excellent news coverage. A story is thumbnailed this morning on the online front page of the Detroit News. The Detroit News, a Gannett paper, is Detroit’s second largest print paper. “The News website is the 10th most-read newspaper website in the United States,” according to Wikipedia.

Headline: Exhibit of Shroud of Turin at Royal Oak church provokes strong emotions

. . . The exhibit has filled an estimated 6,000 square feet of space at St. John’s on Rochester Road since last month.

Inside, visitors are audio-guided through a tour presenting artifacts associated with the shroud, its history and impact, including ancient coins, a Roman spear wielded in the first century and a sizable painting of Christ on cotton shown in Lisbon, Portugal, for more than 200 years.

clip_image001The exhibit also features a reconstructed version of Jesus’ tomb based on archaeological studies; forensic analysis on the Holy Sudarium of Oviedo, the cloth Christians believe covered Christ’s face after death; as well as replicas of the original shroud — threads of which are included in a reliquary Pope Clement XII sealed in 1730.

[ . . . ]

The Rev. John Hice, senior pastor at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, said he found the exhibit “engaging. … I believe it was respectfully presented and it was done in such a way as to invite conversation and reflection.”

The exhibit originated in Spain in 2011. Garrigo, a Spanish native, visited the exhibit there and decided to bring a display to Metro Detroit, where he has lived since 1988.

Thumbnail of exhibit:  Jose Garrigo talks about some of the items on display as he walks through the darkened rooms of the Shroud of Turin exhibit at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Royal Oak. The exhibition runs through Aug. 17. (Photos by Brandy Baker / The Detroit News)

Shroud Presentations in Silver City, New Mexico

image“ READY FOR A REFRESHING ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST?,” reads the brochure published by iSEAM It continues:

God’s great love is truly a mystery. However, God’s “will” may not be as complicated as you might suspect. Do you want to feel loved by God? Do you want to comprehend God’s will? Are you in need of spiritual nourishment? Are you curious about these great mysteries of God’s great love?

If you want to feel loved more deeply; If you want to love more deeply; If you are only curious; If you are ready for an uplifting spiritual encounter with Christ; then, please “COME AND SEE”. Part 1 presents the science and history of the Shroud of Turin. It is connected to New Mexico history by the largest scientific investigation ever launched to study a single artifact. Part 2 is a spiritual encounter with Christ in the Shroud and in the 20 mysteries of the rosary, complete with images for reflection and meditation.

Deacon Peter Schumacher of the Diocese of Las Cruces, was ordained in 2009 and is currently assigned to Immaculate Conception Church in Alamogordo. He is the founder of the Shroud Exhibit and Museum, listed in the Official Catholic Directory, established in 2009. It is a non-profit NM corporation and has become known throughout the world through the web site Deacon Pete has been involved in Shroud research since 1976 and continues his research at the museum. He has led retreats and missions and given many presentations about the Shroud and God’s great love.

Ave Maria Radio on the Royal Oak Shroud Exhibit


Seventy Cities in Twenty Years Starting in Royal Oak, Michigan

Where was the news on this?

imageA twelve chamber exhibit in Royal Oak (a suburb of Detroit), open 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm through August 17th,  with 55 minute audio guides in

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Assyrian
  • Aramaic
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Rumanian

imageAccording to a story in the Gannett local, the Observer and Eccentric:

The display originated in Spain, and Milford-area resident, Jose Juan Garrigo, CEO of Immersive Planet, brought it to the United States. It kicks off a 70-city, 20-year tour of the U.S. in Royal Oak.

In addition to the website, there is an excellent Facebook page.

imageThe Expo has been open for a month. A search of Google News lists only one newspaper story, the one in the Observer and Eccentric just yesterday. There was also a story on May 15, in the New Monitor, an in town local Detroit paper. Beyond that I could only find it mentioned on page 3 of the monthly newsletter of the Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, the church that is hosting the exhibition.

Anyone near Detroit please check it out and let us know. Tickets are $18.00; less if you are a student, senior or veteran.

Do browse the site. Click and then scroll.

David Rolfe Writes

Still time for anyone within reach of Canterbury to get tickets for Friday’s event.

. . . at the University of Kent.



6.30pm Reception starts / 7pm (start of presentation & film)

Is this really the Image of Jesus Christ on his burial shroud? A question which has intrigued many over hundreds of years.

David Rolfe, BAFTA award-winning Director of the film The Silent Witness, will show clips from the film and lead a discussion on this remarkable winding-sheet.

Tickets: Full £10 /Concessions £8 (ticket includes wine, soft drink & snacks)

Venue: Cinema

If you will be in Atlanta next Sunday


Submission Deadline Bari Conference Extended

Although the website page detailing paper submission requirements still says that abstracts should be submitted by May 9, 2014, the date has, in fact, been extended to May 16. Here are the current deadlines:

  • Submission of abstract or draft manuscript: May 16, 2014
  • Acceptance/rejection: June 25, 2014
  • Final manuscript: July 25, 2014
  • Registration: July 31, 2014


If you will be in London on Saturday


The Shroud of Turin presentation:

Mysteries the Turin Shroud Revealed – Emanuela Marinelli

Emanuela Marinelli is a graduate in the Natural and Geological Sciences and has taught at both secondary and university levels, her areas of specialization being Iconography, Christian Symbolism and Sindonology – the study of the Shroud of Turin. As an internationally recognised expert, she has lectured in over 25 countries, taken part in various broadcasts and telecasts and has written extensively on the Shroud. She is also the author of fifteen books, which have been widely translated.

Traveling Shroud Exhibit Coming to Nebraska

imageSpirit Catholic Radio reports:

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Spirit Catholic Radio is bringing a traveling exhibit, titled “The Man of the Shroud,” to nine different cities across Nebraska during June and July. The Shroud of Turin has long been venerated by the faithful and is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth.

The exhibit will be on display at various parishes and Catholic high schools in cooperation with local Knights of Columbus councils.

[ . . . ]

In addition to the display, internationally known shroud expert Russ Breault of Shroud Encounter will present a 90-minute multi-media presentation at 5 p.m. June 8 at St. Robert Bellarmine. Tickets to the presentation are $5.

Cost to view the exhibit is free. 

We encourage you to bring a friend, and help others encounter Jesus!

Here is the tour schedule:

  • June 1-8 – St. Robert Bellarmine, Omaha
  • June 9-15 – North American Martyrs, Lincoln
  • June 17-22 – St. Michael, Hastings
  • June 24-29 – Location TBA, Kearney
  • July 1-6 – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Platte
  • July 8-13 – Central Catholic High School, Grand Island
  • July 15-20 – St. Boniface, Menominee
  • July 22-27 – Norfolk Catholic High School, Norfolk
  • July 29-Aug. 3 – Scotus Central Catholic High School, Columbus

For more information, call 855-571-0200.

Happy Feast of the Holy Shroud Day

or is it on Shrove Tuesday? serves to remind us: The Religion and Philosophy page at links to an article, Feast of the Holy Shroud Solemnly Celebrated in Fátima, Portugal by Dr. Paulo Falcão Tavares:

The official Feast of the Holy Shroud occurs on May 4th every year. Although not celebrated widely in the U.S., it is a very important date in parts of Europe. This article  provides a detailed description of the events that took place in Fátima, Portugal on May 4, 2013. Dr. Tavares is the Delegate and President of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy and Spokesperson for the Oureana Foundation. Carlos Evaristo was kind enough to send us several photographs of the event, which I have included in the article itself.

Not much mention of it, elsewhere. However, the National Catholic Register did mention it yesterday in a Q&A article about the third annual March for Life in Rome, which takes place today:

The march this year is notable for taking place on the feast of the holy Shroud of Turin — could you explain more about this and why it is significant?

Indeed, this year’s March for Life will take place on a very special day. On May 4, it is the feast of the holy Shroud, which is the sacred cloth that bears witness to both the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. The liturgical feast was approved in 1506 by Pope Julius II, who decided to set the day after the feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross [also known as the Invention of the True Cross].

Historical and scientific studies have now shown that the sheet in which the dead body of Jesus was wrapped is authentic. The shroud is, therefore, one of the most important relics of Christianity and is a testimony to the life that triumphs over death, the love that wins over evil and sin. In the holy shroud, symbol of pain and of eternal life, the March for Life this year will have its seal of protection.

Okay, something of a stretch on the connection, but okay.

But wait, Wikipedia tells us that

This feast was celebrated on 4 May, the day after the Invention of the Cross, and was approved in 1506 by Pope Julius II; it was kept in Savoy, Piedmont, and Sardinia as the patronal feast of the royal House of Savoy (4 May, double of the first class, with octave).

and that . . .

In 1958 Pope Pius XII declared that the Feast of the Holy Winding Sheet of Christ (now usually known as the Turin Shroud) was to be kept on the day before Ash Wednesday.

which, of course, is Shrove Tuesday. And isn’t the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross now celebrated on September 14 in Catholic, Anglican, Greek, Russian and Armenian traditions (it once upon a time was celebrated on May 3, at least in the Catholic church).

So, happy Shroud of Turin day again, maybe.

April Newsletter for the St. Louis Shroud Conference

imageThis appears as the April Newsletter for the conference scheduled for October 9-12, 2014:

Posted by St. Louis Shroud Conference Administrator on Monday, April 28, 2014

We are now about 5 1/2 months away from the conference. The Most Reverend Michael Sheridan, a St. Louisan who is currently bishop of Colorado Springs, will be presenting a talk on the theme of the conference: the Shroud being the controversial intersection of faith and science. The day and time of the talk will be announced at a later date.

Also attending the conference is Prof. Bruno Barberis, Director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin. The Center was founded in 1959 and is the scientific consultant to the Papal Custodian of the Shroud – the Archbishop of Turin – and of the Turin Shroud Committee. It promotes hundreds of round tables and meetings on the Shroud, both Italy and abroad. Prof. Barberis will likely be presenting 1 or 2 papers. Also in attendance will be several members of the Shroud of Turin Research Project team that studied the Shroud for five days in 1978.

Numerous abstracts have been submitted, and the final program will be announced around the beginning of June. If you register before June 1, you get $30 off the registration fee. Plan to join us for what promises to be an exciting conference.

If you will be in Hamilton, Ontario this Week

imageBarrie Schwortz announces on the STERA Facebook page:

Next week (April 24-28) I will be returning to Canada to make a series of presentations at Emmanuel United Church, 871 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton, Ontario, in conjunction with the Vancouver Shroud Association’s Man of the Shroud Exhibit(

I will be giving student lectures in the afternoons and adult lectures in the evenings. This is my last lecture series of the year and as always, I hope to see some of you there.