Cape May in April

If you will be in the area, you should attend. Cape May is, after all, only 2 hours and 43 minutes from Manhattan on the Garden State Parkway and 1 hour and 32 minutes from Philadelphia if you use the Atlantic City Expressway.


If You Will Be in the Pittsburgh on April 11 or 12


If You Will Be in the Oklahoma City Area on April 18 or 19

imageThe Norman Transcript reports:

Shroud Encounter will come 7:30 p.m. April 18 to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 900 S. Littler Ave. in Edmond, and 2 p.m. April 19 to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 N. Porter Ave. in Norman.

Admission is $10. A museum-quality, life-size replica will be on display. Proceeds will benefit OK Catholic Radio 97.3 FM.

Shroud Encounter is a production of the Shroud of Turin Education Project Inc. and will be presented by international expert Russ Breault. The presentation is a fast-moving, big-screen experience using more than 200 images covering all aspects of Shroud research.

Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, the 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, West Point, Johns Hopkins and Penn State. For more information, see

Norman and Edmond are towns adjacent to Oklahoma City. Just follow the tumbleweed along Interstate 35.

The Lone Ranger in Phoenix Later This Month

imageThe Catholic Sun, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix asks in a headline, Real or phony? Replica of Shroud of Turin on display at two parishes:

The faithful will have several upcoming opportunities to venerate a replica of the Shroud of Turin on display at two parishes in the Diocese of Phoenix and learn about the mysterious cloth.

In 1978, a team of 24 scientists examined the shroud for five days. They released a statement in 1981 that declared, “We can conclude for now that the shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin.”

A carbon dating test performed in 1988, however, revealed fibers from the cloth dated from the around the 13th century. Those who insist in the veracity of the shroud say that the carbon dating tests were performed on a portion of the cloth that was rewoven during the Middle Ages and are therefore misleading.

clip_image001And to set the record straight, your and my favorite Lone Ranger (the paper didn’t call him that. I did):

International researcher and lecturer Russ Breault has been studying the shroud for over 25 years and founded the Shroud of Turin Education Project. Breault will present “The Shroud Encounter” at 2 p.m. March 29 at St. Steven Parish in Sun Lakes. Admission to the event is $10 with proceeds supporting the building of the parish’s new sanctuary.

While it is a fitting image, lone as in Lone Ranger doesn’t work. There is Barrie Schwortz who just this past Thursday and Friday lectured in Windsor (as we previously announced) and a host of others. But then again there were many Texas Rangers.

Nice Review of Russ Breault’s Presentation in Wisconsin

clip_image001Written by Amanda Lauer, the article, Expert gives Shroud of Turin presentations in Neenah  appears in The Compass, the newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. I particularly liked the last paragraph (knowing full well that you will read the whole article from the beginning):

The message of the Shroud of Turin is transcendent, said Breault. “The message is the same message as the Gospel. There’s no difference. The message really isn’t about the shroud; it’s about the message behind the shroud. It’s not about an old piece of linen, it’s about the message behind that linen, the message of salvation — the whole mission and purpose of why Jesus came to Earth as the son of man and the son of God. I’m telling the greatest story ever told through the shroud.”

Will you be near the Chicago suburb of Skokie this weekend?


Two Different Chicago Area Shroud of Turin Programs

The Shroud of Turin & The Shroud of Oviedo, Starting March 4
&  Shroud Encounter:  Exploring the Mystery of the Shroud of Turin, March 7, 8

imageFrom the Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning we learn of a class:

The Shroud of Turin & The Shroud of Oviedo. The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been questioned for a variety of reasons. The Shroud of Oviedo is claimed to be the cloth wrapped around the head of Jesus Christ after his death. This course will examine the evidence both supporting and challenging their authenticity and discuss what is known about their journey to Europe. 

  • Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Time:10:45am—12:15pm
  • Class max: 20
  • Reg. deadline: March 2
  • Cost: $48.
  • Instructor: Phillip DuPont, M.D.
  • Class code: W1533

On the Holy Rosary Church website we learn that:

Shroud Encounter:  Exploring the Mystery of the Shroud of Turin will be presented [by Russ Breault] at St. Lambert Church, 8148 N. Karlov Avenue in Skokie.  There will be two showings:  Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., and then again on Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m.  There is a fee of $5 per person, with children 18 and under admitted free of charge.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the Shroud and enjoy a fun Lenten activity for the whole family.  If you would like additional information, you may telephone St. Lambert Church at (847) 673-5090.

Click on the respective websites for more information.

Shroud Encounter Coming to Albany, Georgia

Again, that’s Georgia

imageJim Hendricks reports in the Albany Herald that Shround Encounter exploring Shroud of Turin coming to Albany church:

It would be hard to find a more debated religious symbol than the Shroud of Turin, which will be on display this spring for the longest period ever in Turin, Italy. For those in the Albany area who are curious about this artifact, St. Teresa’s Catholic Church has a pair of presentations of a program called “Shroud Encounter.”

Hendricks quotes Russ Breault in a telephone interview saying:

My position has always been I don’t know if the shroud is authentic. I just think it could be and let’s explore the mystery and find out what we know and find out what we don’t know. As we explore the mystery, we’re also going to encounter the message of the shroud. (emphasis mine)

Russ, whose presentations are always excellent, is a frequent contributor to this blog. More than that, a 15 minute video, Russ Breault explains his take on the Shroud of Turin is featured in the upper-right column space of this blog.

About presentation in Albany, Georgia, according to the paper:

The cost of the program, which will include about 200 big-screen images and the display of a life-sized replica of the shroud, is $10 for those 18 and older; free for those 17 and younger. The 90-minute presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. Teresa’s, 421 Edgewood Lane in Albany.

Picture is from Albany Georgia Blogspot:

Shroud Encounter Coming to Vidalia Area

imageOn Saturday, February 7th, Shroud Encounter is coming to the historic Blue Marquee Theater in Lyons, Georgia. (Google Street View, the white pickup is parked right in front, click to enlarge). The theater is behind the Elements Bistro & Grill Restaurant on Northwest Broad Street.

The 7:00pm event is sponsored by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, both in Vidalia, Georgia.

Lyons is (sort of) a part of greater Vidalia, the home of the famous Vidalia onion. Lyons is also home of the famous Real Squeal BBQ and Music Festival.

Click on the picture to enlarge. Clicking HERE should also take you to the street view and you can move about the town.  If it doesn’t work just paste in 128 N. State St, Lyons, GA into street view and swivel around until you see the theater.


Presentation: The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler

imageRuss Breault posts on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

Anyone near Cleveland, Ohio? I will be at Cuyahoga Community College–East Campus on Thursday 11/20 at 12:00 Noon. It will be in room 2410 in the Student Services Bldg. The presentation is "THE DAY THE SHROUD FOILED HITLER" and documents his obsession with the occult and how he obtained the Spear of Destiny from Austria, his search for the Holy Grail and ultimately his attempt to steal the Shroud. From 1939 to 1946 the cloth was taken to a Benedictine monastery 150 miles south of Rome and hidden inside an altar. The Nazis came looking for it first in Turin in April of 1943 and later in September at the monastery…but they never found their prize. How did it happen? Come hear the untold story!

What Next? Stadiums?

These Shroud Encounter presentations are getting big, like this one at The Villages in Florida.


Speaking of Shroud Encounter

imageThe Ragin’ Cajun Catholics website, a TV station and a newspaper are reporting that Russ Breault will also be doing his big presentation at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette:

SHROUD ENCOUNTER will be coming to the Catholic Student Center at Our Lady of Wisdom Church on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30 PM.  The center is located at 501 East Mary Blvd in Lafayette.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public. A museum quality life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be on display. National Geographic called the Shroud "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times."  Shroud Encounter will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.

Shroud Encounter Coming to Central Florida

Russ Breault is taking Shroud Encounter to Lady Lake, Florida, this coming Sunday, October 19th. If you are in The Villages or the surrounding area, do make a point of seeing this presentation. It is, as the poster below says, an unforgettable experience.


It may well be the best publicized conference yet

by a long shot

It started tonight with a multiscreen “Shroud Encounter” presentation by Russ Breault.


The Post-Dispatch story  by Lilly Fowler about the conference was syndicated on Religion News Services (RNS). It was picked up by the national paper, Huffington Post as The Unsolved Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin Still Has The Power To CaptivateThe Washington Post and at least forty other news outlets, large and small, also picked up the story.

Incarnate Word in St. Louis to Sponsor Shroud Encounter

October 8 at 7:30 pm
13416 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

The parish newsletter states:

All are invited to a special presentation and talk about the Shroud of Turin entitled “Shroud Of Turin”. The Shroud of Turin is regarded by many Christians as the burial cloth that was wrapped around Jesus after the crucifixion. It has an image of the face and of the wounds. The Shroud has been the subject of much devotion and speculation for centuries now. Some of the leading scientists of the world have studied it, trying to determine the authenticity of it. Even the National Geographic Society commissioned a team of scientific experts to study the Shroud, with the approval of the Vatican. Whether you believe it is actually the burial cloth of Jesus or not, it still remains a fascinating religious icon. One of the world’s leading experts on the Shroud, Russ Breault, will be at Incarnate Word on October 8 at 7:30 pm to give a presentation. We are very fortunate to be able to have him come to our parish. Don’t miss it!


Click on poster for larger version

Time Out Productions presents Russ Breault

This 28 minute interview was published on YouTube yesterday:

According to the description at YouTube:

Time Out Productions presents Russ Breault of on the Shroud of Tourin.
RUSS BREAULT has been researching and lecturing on the Shroud of Turin for over 25 years. His presentation makes use of over 150 superb images and unfolds like a CSI investigation. The audience is riveted as each clue is revealed and becomes another piece of a grand puzzle as the mystery of the Shroud is explored. Carefully designed to be educational and entertaining, Mr. Breault delivers a dynamic, fast-paced experience. His highly acclaimed presentation is called THE MYSTERY OF THE SHROUD.

Mr. Breault has captivated hundreds of audiences from New York to Hawaii. College and university presentations include Duke, Auburn and West Point along with hundreds of church events. He has been a guest speaker at scientific societies including the American Chemical Society.

Mr. Breault has appeared in numerous national shows and networks including ABC, CBS, The History Channel and many other local programs.

Shroud Encounter to be in Fayetteville, Georgia, September 13

imageRuss Breault emailed me and reported on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

SHROUD ENCOUNTER is coming to FAYETTEVILLE, GA on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 PM in the Studio Production Center in the "Studio Cafe" which is the former cafeteria. On the stage and on the big screen come and experience Shroud Encounter! The event is free.

The production center was formerly an elementary school. It is on the corner of Sandy Springs Rd and Veterans Pkwy in Fayetteville–South side of Atlanta. For GPS, the address is 461 Sandy Springs Rd.

Super Professional Looking Poster

those words came to mind


Shroud Encounter in Minnesota on August 28

imageRuss Breault lets us know through the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

Anyone in Minnesota? Shroud Encounter comes to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church at 35208 County Road 37 in Crosslake, MN on Thursday August 28th at 6:30 PM. A lifesize replica will also be on display. If you know someone in the area, let them know about it!

Revised: The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler


The video and Facebook entries previously referred to in this posting have been removed from the Internet. Those things happen.

There is no point in providing links that won’t work so they have been removed.

The topic is important and so are your comments, which remain with this posting. Discussions may continue.

Here is a posting that provides some information on the topic:  Will the Alfred Rosenberg Diaries Tell Us Anything?

Russ Breault, Barrie Schwortz, John and Rebecca Jackson at Prophecy Conference

imageRuss Breault writes on his Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

Anyone near Colorado Springs? I will be speaking 4 times at the upcoming Pikes Peak Prophecy Conference:

  • Friday 7/25 at 3:30–"Unholy Obsession–When Hitler Tried to Steal the Shroud"
  • Saturday 7/26 at 8:30 AM–"Seven Secrets of the Sacred Shroud"
  • Saturday at 3:30 PM–"A Q&A with Russ Breault, Barrie Schwortz, and John and Rebecca Jackson"
  • Saturday at 5:00 PM–"God is in the Details" Main auditorium and will be streamed live.
  • Conference will be held at the Colorado Springs Marriott–Tech Center Dr.

Quote for Today: Russ Breault who is helping beach bums with some spiritual guidance


Faith doesn’t usually require this kind of empirical evidence. But it’s always nice when evidence comes along to increase faith.

— Russ Breault from an article, Where We Worship: St. Brendan’s the Navigator on Seven Mile Island, at (Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia  Daily News)

Hat tip to Louis for this link.

Picture:  St. Brendan’s the Navigator on Seven Mile Island

Story lead:

As area families lather on the sunscreen, pack up the car and head down the Shore, one consideration that isn’t always made is where the beach bums will go for spiritual guidance on Sunday.

See:  Russ Breault Visiting South Jersey Shore as posted on June 11th.

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