Check here for important announcements and other Shroud of Turin Website news. This page will be updated whenever new page additions, articles and other resources are added to the site. Each item carries a posting date indicating when it first went online. The most recent update appears at the top of the page. As you scroll down through the page, you can review the items that were added this year in chronological order. You should find this an excellent way to sample the evolving content of this website. And you can also view every previous year's Website News pages at the links below:
21st Anniversary Update! January 21, 2017
Today, January 21, 2017, marks our 21st anniversary on the internet! Another year has passed and the website continues to grow and thrive, thanks to you, our loyal visitors and friends! Our anniversary updates are usually large ones and often international in scope and today's update is no exception. In fact, the first five articles represent material from the U.S., Australia, Italy, England and Finland! We start with news of an innovative Shroud billboard project here in the U.S. that has its roots in a similar recent project in Dublin, Ireland. This update also brings you five more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, video links to the entire December 2016 Rome Shroud Conference, the latest issue of the BSTS Newsletter, Shroud news from Finland, along with links to many new books, articles, papers, videos and much more. Let's get started!
Here is the Update Table of Contents:
- The Shroud Billboard Project
- Five More Issues Added to Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive
- December 2016 Rome Shroud Conference Videos Online
- BSTS Newsletter December 2016 Issue No. 84 Now Online
- Shroud News from Finland
- International Conference on the Shroud of Turin, Washington State, 2017
- Recently Published Books
- Recently Published Papers and Articles
- Recently Released Videos and Audios
- The Shroud on the Internet
- 895,995 Visitors in 2016!
- 2017 Lecture Schedule
- Our Next Update
The Shroud Billboard Project
The Shroud Billboard Project - Hilton Head, South Carolina
Click for larger view. Photo ©2017 William Kelly
The Dublin Billboard that inspired the South Carolina project
Click for larger view. Photo © The Holy Face Project
Last year I was contacted by Val Kelly of Hilton Head, South Carolina, who told me about a project where an organization in Dublin, Ireland published billboards of the Shroud face without any accompanying text or verbiage and created quite a strong public reaction. Val wanted to duplicate the idea near her home in Hilton Head with the help of her prayer group and asked me what it would take to obtain an image for that purpose. I liked the idea of a Shroud image without any text since each person who saw it would have to think about it and ultimately make up their own minds about what it meant. I agreed to provide the image and Val and her prayer group funded the production of a test billboard that will remain in place for one year. You can see the result in the accompanying photographs. The billboard, which receives over 19,000 impressions per week, is viewable on the way back from Savannah toward Bluffton/Hilton Head, approximately six miles south of the Route 46 traffic circle (one mile south of the Pink Pig Restaurant) on Rt. 315, with Bellinger Hill Road being the closest intersection. (Click here for map provided by the billboard company). According to Val, "We plan on making presentations to the local Catholic churches to see if they would have interest in sponsoring additional, local billboards and then hopefully expand from there. I do have contacts in South Carolina and will investigate expanding further. It will take some time, but, will keep you in the loop on our progress."
I mentioned this project at the STERA, Inc. Board of Directors meeting in December and some concern was expressed about the placement of the Shroud image on a double billboard. The question was, what might it be paired with and what implications could that have? As you can see in the above photographs, there is an image of a flooded home in the lower billboard with the message "Don't Wait. Communicate." and the sub-message, "Make your emergency plan." Frankly, I find the juxtaposition of the two actual billboards to be rather ironic, fitting and even complimentary! What do you think? Board member Richard Orareo promptly did some further research on the Dublin billboard and provided us with the following information:
"The image of The Holy Face that we saw in the photograph was on Sarsfield Road in Inchicore, in outer Dublin. This billboard is one of many that is part of The Holy Face Project. Twenty eight are scattered throughout Ireland with 8 in Dublin. This project is a small part of the greater Human Life International, a Pro-Life Organization. Mr. Patrick McCrystal is the project manager. He organized a national prayer service in all 32 counties in Ireland that featured a large Holy Face banner at each service. There was also a project that brought the Holy Face inside the bus system in Dublin. They estimate that more than 1,000,000 viewed the image within the 200 buses. McCrystal raised necessary funding through an appeal to the Human Life International membership. They raised more than €60,000. Pam Moon also had a traveling Shroud exhibit that traveled from Dublin, to Cork, to Knock during 2014. Ireland has it "going on!" - Richard"
UPDATE: I am very pleased to report that as soon as this update went online we received a cordial greeting from Patrick McCrystal, the man who manages the Ireland Holy Face Project that inspired the South Carolina group. We have agreed to stay in touch and Patrick was kind enough to send me a copy of their newsletter, which includes many more details and photographs. You can read it here: The Holy Face Project Newsletter. He also provided us with a link to their new website, www.theholyface.com. We will keep you posted on everyone's progress.
Posted January 21, 2017
Updated January 25, 2017
Five More Issues Added to Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive
With this update we add five more issues to Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive, which will total 118 issues when complete. This update includes Issue #62, December 1990 through Issue #66, August 1991 with articles by such notable Shroud scholars as John Tyrer, Ian Wilson, Eoin Ó Máille, Andre Van Cauwenberghe, Remi Van Haelst, Joe Nickell, Prof. Daniel Scavone, Prof. Alan Whanger and Mary Whanger and Father Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B. Our sincerest thanks as always to Stephen Jones for his extraordinary effort in scanning and optical character recognition of every page, Ian Wilson for providing the original issues and valuable input and of course, to Rex Morgan for his gracious permission to reprint them here on Shroud.com.
Posted January 21, 2017
December 2016 Rome Shroud Conference Videos Online
As we announced in our last update, an International and Interdisciplinary Conference on the Shroud of Turin with the theme, "He saw and He believed". The Shroud, science, faith and proclamation of the Paschal Mystery, was held in Rome on December 13 - 14, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Institute of Science and Faith of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, in collaboration with the International Centre of Sindonology in Turin. Speakers included Prof. Antonio Cassanelli, Prof. Gian Maria Zaccone, Mgr. Giuseppe Ghiberti, Father Andrew Dalton LC, Father Nicolas Bossu LC, Father Rafael Pascual LC, Dr. Petrus Soons, Dr. Ada Grossi, Fr. Gianfranco Berbenni OFM Cap, Prof. Bruno Barberis, Prof. Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli and many others.
Recently, the organizers released videos of the conference on YouTube so we are including links to them all below. Most of the presentations are in Italian but a few are in English. Here are the links:
- VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hIRvzHPg9Y
- VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016 (1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdALgQ9K3DY
- VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016 (3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9wsAM5EUdI
- VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016 (4): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd5s7RV-jdo
- VIDE E CREDETTE 14-12-2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFjj2cBU9Qg (Schwortz presentation in English begins at 1:26:30. Petrus Soons presentation in English begins at 2:49:00).
Since I was unable to attend the conference in person, I created a PowerPoint/video presentation titled The Contributions of the Shroud of Turin Research Project, which was presented on my behalf (see link #5 above). Since it is difficult to see the screen clearly in the above video, I am including a link to a 640x480 mp4 video version of my presentation (84 MB), along with a separate link to a pdf version of the presentation script:
- The Contributions of the Shroud of Turin Research Project - 640x480 mp4 Video Presentation - 11:03 (84 MB) (This will take a few minutes to download).
- The Contributions of the Shroud of Turin Research Project - Script - pdf file
Posted January 21, 2017
BSTS Newsletter December 2016 Issue No. 84 Now Online
We are happy to report that the British Society for the Turin Shroud page of the website has been updated and the latest December 2016 Issue No. 84 of the BSTS Newsletter is now online. This issue includes several in-depth research articles starting with Did Joan of Arc See the Turin Shroud? by Hugh Duncan and The Pray Codex by Hugh Farey, the newsletter's Editor. It also includes a reprint of Pollen on the Shroud of Turin: The Probable Trace Left by Anointing and Embalming by Marzia Boi and an event article by Brenda Benton titled My First Visit to Jalsa Salana. Also includes news from around the internet and much more.
Posted January 21, 2017
Shroud News from Finland
I recently received an update from our good friend Juha Hiltunen, about an upcoming Shroud Exhibit and Seminar in Turku, Finland. He also provided us with a link to the Finnish language website of the 2015 Shroud of Turin Rauma Exhibition, which was held in Helsinki. Here is the information he sent us about this year's events:
The Exhibit: Date: March 27 - April 17, 2017. Place: Turku, Finland. Martinkirkko (Church of Martin). The first exhibit in Finland (2010) was also arranged here. Exhibit program is included as a part of the Reformation 500-year celebrations in Turku, as it was the former capital of Finland and the place where Mikael Agricola, in the inspiration of Martin Luther, worked and translated the Bible into Finnish and therefore started the Reformation here too.
The Seminar: Date: April 8, 2017. Place: Turku, Finland. Martinkirkko (Church of Martin). All participants are from Finland and lectures are in Finnish. Name of the seminar: Contemplation of God's/the Lord's Face in the Tradition of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Finland. Speakers:
- Prof. Antti Laato: The Face of God/the Lord in the Bible
- Rev. Pekka Kivekäs: Contemplation of Christ in our Hymns and Spiritual Songs
- Prof. Visa Immonen: The Image of Veronica in our Medieval Churches
- Prof.em. Jouko N. Martikainen: Contemplation of Christ and His Face in the Prayer Book of the Finnish Reformer Mikael Agricola and in the Passions-Salve of Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)
Juha also pointed out that although the topics of the scheduled lectures are not directly related to the Shroud of Turin, some references to it will undoubtedly be made. You will also find his latest book, a revised and updated edition of his 2009 Finnish language work, will soon be available and is listed in our Recently Published Books section below. It is great to see an ongoing effort to educate the people of Finland about the Shroud of Turin by Juha and his colleagues. Thank you for keeping us informed Juha!
Posted January 21, 2017
International Conference on the Shroud of Turin, Washington State, 2017
In our September 19, 2016 website update we announced that an International Conference on the Shroud of Turin will be held in Pasco, Washington State, USA on July 19-22, 2017. We wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for submission of papers is February 28, 2017 so there is still time to participate. See our previous article or click on the above link to visit the conference website where you can find more details, register for the event, learn about travel, hotels and accommodations, view a video from the conference organizers and much more. In an e-mail on January 18, 2017, conference organizer Robert Rucker sent me the following update:
2017 Lecture Tour on the Shroud - With the conference on the Shroud of Turin (www.shroudconference2017.com) coming up July 19 to 22 in Pasco, Washington, Bob Rucker and Mark Antonacci are planning a lecture tour (mid-March to mid-April) to reach people at research facilities and population centers across 14 states. An outline of this lecture tour is available at http://www.shroudconference2017.com/lecture-tour.html and at http://testtheshroudonline.com/shroud-2017-conference/. As specific locations, dates, and times are arranged, they will be made available on these sites. Those interested in helping in this effort should contact Bob (H: 509-375-4770, C: 509-628-6894) or Mark (314-704-0537).
Posted January 21, 2017
Recently Published Books
Recently Published Books
Several new Shroud related books have been published in recent months. We are listing them here but have also permanently archived them all on the Shroud of Turin Booklist page (alphabetically by author). To make it easy to find the new additions, we have annotated each new listing with "(Added 21 January 2017)" so simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page.
Valokuva Jeesuksesta. Torinon käärinliina tieteen, historian ja Uuden testamentin valossa (A Photograph of Jesus. Shroud of Turin in the Light of Science, History and the New Testament) by Juha Hiltunen (Finnish language)
Since we included a Shroud News from Finland feature in this update, we wanted to include the latest Finnish language book on the Shroud, even though it is not yet available online. We will update this listing with the link as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can order the book directly from the publisher by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the author, this book is a "completely revised edition in March 2017 (of his 2009 1st edition). It contains all the relevant new research data since 2009 and more visual material compared with the first edition. And the question mark is now removed from the title, because all this new data (incl. dating of the Shroud to the 1st C) confirms more precisely, I think, that it is truly a photograph of Jesus."Paperback: ca. 400 pages
Publisher: Kirjapaja. Helsinki, Finland March 2017
Le linceul de Turin (The Shroud of Turin) by Tristan Casabianca (French language)
Here is an excerpt from the description of the book on the Amazon France website (Google translation):
"In 2015, over one million people came to pray, or to simply pass an ancient linen cloth: the Shroud of Turin. The reason for its attraction is simple: it is deemed to have wrapped the body of Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion in Jerusalem... The reputation of the Turin shroud is old: it was at least in existence during the second half of the fourteenth century, at Lirey in Champagne... This book presents a rigorously consolidated statement and update of our knowledge on the shroud of Turin. It then assesses methodically different image forming hypotheses. Tristan Casabianca was born in Bastia in 1982. A graduate in history of public law and political ideas as well as economic analysis of law (Universities of Aix-Marseille, Hamburg, Rotterdam), Tristan Casabianca is particularly interested in its academic publications (the Heythrop Journal, New Blackfriars) scientific and philosophical consensus on the shroud. Relying on traditional historiographical criteria, he has proposed, in 2013, a new method for assessing the Shroud of Turin."Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Anima Corsa (2016)
Posted January 21, 2017
Recently Published Papers and Articles
Revisiting a pure stochastic mechanism to explain the body image formation on the Linen of Turin
by Giovanni Fazio, Giuseppe Mandaglio and Antonio Anastasi
Included in this update are links to a number of papers and articles that were published recently. All have also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author).
Revisiting a pure stochastic mechanism to explain the body image formation on the Linen of Turin by Giovanni Fazio, Giuseppe Mandaglio and Antonio Anastasi, The Journal of The Textile Institute, Published online: 30 Nov 2016. Here is the abstract:
"In this paper, we revisit a pure stochastic process as a possible mechanism of the Shroud body image formation. Successively, we make a comparison with another mechanism that uses the Maillard reaction as source of a ‘stochastic-like effect’ image. Both the mechanisms seem to be able to explain all the chemical and physical characteristics of the Shroud image. However, an experimental confirm of the possible colouration by the Maillard reaction could be, easily, verified. On the contrary, for obtaining a pure stochastic effect, it is necessary to await the result of the experiment for years or decades. Indeed, the latency times, for the two images’ formation are very different."
The Maillard reaction in an ancient linen cloth can yield a “stochastic-like effect” image by Yannick Clement, Giovanni Fazio and Giuseppe Mandaglio, Chemistry Today, Vol. 34, November 2016. Here is the Abstract:
"Recently, we have pointed out that the distribution of the yellowed fibrils on the Shroud of Turin, well represented by a linear regression between the image intensity and the cloth-body distance, has a stochastic aspect. In this paper, by a preliminary approach, we show that the chemical reaction between reducing sugar coming from the linen manufacturing procedure (mainly composed of crude starch and possibly also Saponaria officinalis) and some specific post-mortem gases like ammonia and/or diamines that could have been released by the corpse who was enveloped in the Shroud can yield a “stochastic-like effect” image. Moreover, we think the above reaction could also explain why the body image on the Shroud is a unicum."
Turin Shroud hands’ region analysis reveals the scrotum and a part of the right thumb by Liberato De Caro and Cinzia Giannini, Journal of Cultural Heritage, Available online 9 November 2016. Here is the Abstract:
"The Turin Shroud is traditionally considered the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, but carbon-14 analysis indicated a medieval date. Here, a digital restoring of the hands’ region of the Turin Shroud image has allowed to visualize anatomic details never seen before: the scrotum and part of the right hand's thumb. Additionally, the unnatural position of the right hand's thumb, adjacent to the palm of the hand, positioned below it and, consequently, almost fully hidden except for its protruding end, seems to denote a stress, which could be consequent to crucifixion. These results shed new light on the long-lasting scientific debate about the authenticity of the relic since the absence of the thumbs has been considered as one of the most important indirect proof that the Turin Shroud wrapped the body of a man who was crucified alive."
Pollen on the Shroud of Turin: The Probable Trace Left by Anointing and Embalming by Marzia Boi, Archaeometry, 28 October 2016. Here is the Abstract:
"This study proposes an alternative interpretation of the pollen grains found on the Christian relic of the Shroud of Turin, the majority of which belong to entomogamous plants. The examination of the images in the literature and the observation of modern pollen under light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy reveal that the most abundant pollen on the relic may be attributed to the genus Helichrysum (Asteraceae family) instead of Gundelia tournefortii. The other most important pollen found belongs to the Cistaceae-Cistus spp.—the Apiaceae—probably Ferula spp.—and the Anacardianceae—the genus Pistacia. These pollen grains could have come from plants used to obtain expensive and valuable substances that would have been the basis for the oils of Helichrysum, ladanum and galbanum, as well as for mastic and terebinth products; this fact has not been considered by previous authors. Ancient historical records give us references that could link the pollen traces to a mixture of balms and ointments employed for preparing the body for funeral and burial. For this reason, the palynological study reveals coherency with these historical records about the rituals, as reported on by the important scientists Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides, dating back to the first century ad."
Shroud of Turin and Sudarium of Oviedo, Possible Burial Fabrics at the Tomb of Jesus of Nazareth (English) - Sudario de Oviedo y Síndone de Turin, Posibles Linzos Sepulcrales de Jesús de Nazaret (en español) by Guillermo Heras Moreno, Vice-President of Research and Training, Spanish Center for Sindonology (Centro Español de Sindonologia - CES), August 2016. [Editor's Note: This is a summary of data compiled over the years by the CES, some of which has been previously published in papers at various conferences. This is the most up-to-date and fully illustrated summary of their findings, available in both English and Spanish language versions]. Here is a brief excerpt from the introduction:
"Can we relate the Sudarium of Oviedo and the Shroud of Turin as belonging to the same corpse? If so, is it reasonable to believe this may have been the corpse of Jesus of Nazareth? In other words: Are the Sudarium of Oviedo and the Shroud of Turin the burial cloths mentioned in the Gospel texts as "Shroud" in the Synoptics and "Sudarium" in the Gospel of John?"
[Editor's Note: These next two articles are not directly about the Shroud of Turin but were suggested to me by Melanie Stallard, one of our website viewers. This is what she wrote regarding the first article]: "I just wanted to mention to you an article I read in the September issue of Science magazine about a new technology to read extremely damaged artifacts, called, "virtual unwrapping." I include the original article and citation below, but it occurred to me as I read the article to wonder if any application of virtual unwrapping could glean further information from the Shroud." Since the technology mentioned in the article is far beyond my expertise, I thought I would include the article here to see if it can stimulate any interest or response from Shroud scholars. The first article is titled: From damage to discovery via virtual unwrapping: Reading the scroll from En-Gedi by William Brent Seales, Clifford Seth Parker, Michael Segal, Emanuel Tov, Pnina Shor and Yosef Porath, Science Advances, 21 September 2016, Vol. 2, no. 9, e1601247.
A few weeks later Melanie sent me a follow up e-mail that said: "I have happened across another article that describes a technology perhaps you already know about, terahertz imaging, which was used at MIT Media Lab to attempt to read multiple pages of an unopened book. They used: (1) a terahertz camera that emits very high radiation, (2) an algorithm to detect the reflection of the radiation bursts caused by each page and (3) computational imaging to detect the images of the letters on each page. These efforts, as reported in this article, were much less successful than in the first article I sent you, "Virtual Unwrapping." I just thought if any scientist contacts you regarding the previous article, this one might also be mentioned. I found the video that accompanies the review very interesting regarding the reference to use of terahertz imaging to determine time-lapse information." Here is the link: Judging a book through its cover - New computational imaging method identifies letters printed on first nine pages of a stack of paper by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office, September 9, 2016. [Editor's Note: It is highly unlikely that any technology that "emits very high radiation" could be considered "non-destructive" or would ever be appropriate for use on the Shroud].
Posted January 21, 2017
Recently Released Videos and Audios
A number of new Shroud related videos have been released recently and we are including links to them here. The first is a new short film from award winning filmmaker David Rolfe and co-producer Pam Moon and is titled, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. The video, inspired by the feature film "Risen," is beautifully produced and edited with an equally beautiful soundtrack performed by Tom Moon. This is a truly inspirational music video from the producer of the award winning 1978 film, "The Silent Witness," the first ever documentary on the Shroud of Turin. David has graciously posted the 4 minute 20 second video on Vimeo at the above link to share it with all of us. He has also made available a new Vimeo link to his superb 2016 film, A Grave Injustice (which we featured in a Special Update on March 19, 2016, in case you missed it).
The Shroud of Turin as the Burial Cloth of Jesus: Answers for Critics, is the title of a one hour twenty-three minute presentation made by Dr. John Johnson at an Apologetics Symposium held on October 16, 2016 at the Cedar Park Church, in Bothell, Washington. This is a YouTube video of his complete presentation. Dr. Johnson has a PhD in Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley. He retired from Boeing after 31 years, mostly in Aerospace. He has studied and taught Bible archaeology since he was a Biblical Christian in 1980.
Russ Breault: Could the Shroud be a Receipt? is the title of a 22 minute video of one of Russ' excellent Shroud Encounter presentations, which he just posted on YouTube. Here is what Russ wrote us in a recent e-mail: "Some of you who have seen my Shroud Encounter presentation know that I end with the idea of the Shroud as a receipt, a proof of purchase. Could it be a record of the transaction between God and man? Could the Shroud be an itemized receipt documenting the price that was paid?"
Mark Antonacci: Test the Shroud - At the Atomic and Molecular Levels is the title of a recent audio only podcast interview with Mark on The Mind Renewed.com. Here is an excerpt from the description on their website: "Arguing that new scientific tests might contest these findings and reveal the Shroud to be very probably the genuine burial cloth of Jesus Christ, Mark Antonacci proposes a scientifically-testable hypothesis that particle radiation emanating from the shroud-wrapped, crucified body may account for very many of the Shroud's features, such as full-length body images, still-red blood marks, erroneous carbon dating and more."
Posted January 21, 2017
The Shroud on the Internet
Our good friend Jim Bertrand reports that the website for the recently formed American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud is now online. Produced by Robert Siefker, the new website went online on December 28, 2016. According to the site, "The possibility of strengthening faith, and potentially changing lives, is what prompted the founding of the American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud (ACHS). The mission of the Confraternity is to develop ways that the Shroud, whether it is “authentic” or an iconic representation of Jesus’ passion and death, may illuminate and strengthen Christian faith."
The Mysteries of the Shroud of Turin by Robin Barret is an article that appeared on December 16, 2016 in Newsminer.com, "The Voice of Interior Alaska." Here is an excerpt: "Some have called the Shroud of Turin an elaborate hoax; others have called it a miraculous artifact of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is either one or the other. What is the shroud and where does it come from?"
Posted January 21, 2017
895,995 Visitors in 2016!
2016 was another great year for Shroud.com web traffic, although we did not surpass our 2015 record of 1 million+ visitors. Of course, that year the Shroud was on public display and garnered considerable media attention which drove lots of extra traffic to our site. Our final total for 2016 was 895,995 visits and we averaged more than 2450 visitors per day or around 75,000 visitors per month. In 2016 our visitors generated over 15 million hits, viewed nearly 12 million files, viewed over 2.3 million pages and generated 704 GB of bandwidth! You can see the details for yourself by clicking on the above graphic. We thank you, our loyal viewers, for your continued participation and support!
Posted January 21, 2017
2017 Lecture Schedule
Lecturing at the 2015 University Series in Camarillo, California
Since viewers often write me asking where and when I might be giving Shroud presentations, I am again including my upcoming schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. Also, please understand that as of this writing, the schedule is by no means complete and that many of the times and venues are still not finalized and subject to change. I will do my best to update them prior to the events.
March 8 - 9, 2017 - I will again be speaking at the University Series™, an annual multi-parish adult education program held in Southern California each year during the Lenten season. The University Series™, an event created and organized by my dear friend Fr. Dave Heney, offers 90+ seminars connecting faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture and prayer. The 2017 season runs from March 2 to April 7 at twelve different parishes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. I will make three presentations, the first on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:30-9:00 pm at the St. Mel Activity Center, the second on Thursday, March 9th at 7:30-9:00 pm at St. Mary's Church in Whittier and the third, a special lecture (not part of the University Series) at 9:30 am on March 9th at Our Lady of Malibu church. If you wish to learn more you can visit the University Series Website where you can review each topic and sign up for the sessions. The charge to attend is $8 per person, but you can bring a friend for free!
March 24 through March 26, 2017 - I will be lecturing at Immaculate Conception Church, 2310 Robertson Ave., Norwood, Ohio (near Cincinnati). The event is the premiere of a new Shroud Speaker Series organized by the Shroud Project of Cincinnati. On Friday, March 24, 2017, I will make two presentations to students, parents and teachers at the parish school, Immaculate Conception Academy. I will give one public lecture on Saturday, March 25, 2017 (starting at 10:00 am) and one public lecture on Sunday, March 26, 2017 (starting at 11:00 am). You can register for any of the public lectures and see their complete 2017 speaker schedule on the special Signup.com website: Shroud Speaker Series Registration. I hope to see some of you there!
April 4 through April 7, 2017 - I will once again be lecturing along with the Vancouver Shroud Association's "Man of the Shroud Exhibit" at St. Isidore Roman Catholic Church in Kanata, near Ottawa, Canada. The complete lecture and exhibit schedule and other details are also now available on St. Isidore's Man of the Shroud Exhibit website. I will be giving ten lectures over the four day schedule.
May 2 through May 5, 2017 - I will again be teaching my Shroud of Turin course in the Masters of Science and Faith program at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
July 28 through 30, 2017 - I will once again be in England and speaking at the 51st Annual Jalsa Salana Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Convention in Hampshire. I will post more information as soon as it becomes available.
Posted January 21, 2017
Updated March 12, 2017
Our Next Update
I don't have an exact date for the next update, but I do know it will occur in the Spring, probably sometime in May. A lot will depend on my travel and lecture schedule, which is not yet finalized for this year. Although I don't know the exact date, I do know for sure that the next update will include more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, the latest papers, books, articles and videos and of course, any breaking Shroud news. To be sure you don't miss any important Shroud information as it occurs, check our STERA, Inc. Facebook page from time to time, since we now try and update it every week or so to keep you informed between our regular quarterly website updates. You can also join our Website Mailing List and receive an e-mail whenever the site is updated or any important Shroud news breaks. We hope you find this update interesting and useful and look forward to seeing you in the Spring! Thank you all again for being there! It is deeply appreciated.
President, STERA, Inc.
Posted January 21, 2017