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.