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Welcome to the Shroud Speakers Directory. We have created this page in response to the many e-mail requests we regularly receive from groups and organizations looking for qualified individuals to speak on the Shroud of Turin. By consulting this directory, you will find listings for Shroud lecturers that include a short biography of each, a description of the topics they present, their geographic location, how to contact them directly and other pertinent information that will help you find the right speaker for your group. Once you find someone you are interested in, just contact them directly to discuss the details. The content of the listings is provided by the speakers themselves, who are listed alphabetically by last name. The website does not book speakers nor does it act as an agent for anyone listed on this page. STERA, Inc. provides this page as a convenience to our viewers, but does not review or edit the content of the speakers' presentations, which is solely their responsibility.

If you are a Shroud lecturer and would like to be included in the Directory, see the "Obtaining A Listing" section at the bottom of this page for detailed instructions. Listings are available on an international basis. All Shroud lecturers everywhere are invited and encouraged to participate.


Alphabetical Speaker List

 
  • MUÑOZ-COBO, Alfonso
  • ONYSKO, David
  • PITT, Paul
  • PRIOR, Ed
  • ROEMER, David
  • SCHNEIDER, Ray
  • SCHUMACHER, Pete
  • SCHWORTZ, Barrie M.
  • SENN, Thomas J.
  • WADHAMS, Peter
  • WATTS, J. R.
  • WIEBE, Phillip H.
  • WRIGHT, Wayne


  • Mark Antonacci

    Biography:

    Mark Antonacci is an attorney who spent almost 20 years researching and writing the most recent and comprehensive book on this subject, The Resurrection of the Shroud. This book provides the first scientific explanation of how the body and blood images on the Shroud were formed and the future testing to verify the explanation; the first scientific refutation and explanation of the Shroud's carbon dating results and the future testing to confirm the explanation and calculate the cloth's true age; and that for the first time in history, there is an extensive amount of medical, scientific, archaeological and historical evidence for the crucifixion and resurrection of the historical Jesus Christ. This book contains more than 30 new and important points that have never been published in any previous books.

    Mr. Antonacci has gathered this evidence from every relevant source, scientist, or expert in the world, many of whom he has known intimately for a number of years. He is the founder and president of the Shroud of Turin Advancement Corporation (STAC), a non-profit corporation that has funded and facilitated a number of new and valuable scientific projects in connection with the Shroud. He has appeared or been featured on numerous national and local media. He taught Evidence and Criminal Procedure after graduating with distinction from John Marshall Law School in 1977. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in History from Western Illinois University in 1971.

    Scope and Content of Presentation:

    Covers all relevant medical, scientific, archaeological and historical evidence relating to the Shroud of Turin.

    Equipment Requirements:

    Screen and microphone, if required. Kodak slide carousel.

    Honorarium:

    Fee is negotiable; travel expenses to be provided by host.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Anywhere in the United States, Europe, or the world.

    Contact:

    Mark Antonacci
    122 S Central Ave
    Eureka, MO 63025
    Phone: 636-428-7376  Fax: 636-938-3709
    E-mail: AntonacciLaw@aol.com
    Contact Person: Christine Hardgrave, Legal Assistant

    Location Photography By: J.S. Pearson Photography, Saint Louis Missouri, 63017  (636)207-8193
    Updated January 21, 2008

    Janice Bennett

    Biography:

    Janice Bennett received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and Journalism in 1973 from Northern Illinois University. After many years as a graphic artist with various companies, she formed her own studio, specializing in typography and design. She began to study Spanish at Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1991, and completed a Master of Arts in Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1997, with a thesis on the Leyendas of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. During the course of her studies, she participated in programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru, as well as in Madrid, Salamanca, and Burgos, Spain. She has taught Spanish literature for many years, and published a guide to literary analysis entitled Guía práctica a la literatura, el análisis y la redacción. She is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Hispanic society, the Modern Language Association and the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She also completed a four-year program in Biblical Studies with the Catholic Biblical School of Denver.

    Janice became interested in the Sudarium of Oviedo in late 1993, and began to translate the published studies of the Centro Español de Sindonología in 1998, which led to her book entitled, Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo, New Evidence for the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. She is currently writing her second book to be published by Libri de Hispania, on the Holy Chalice of Valencia, believed to be that used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Expected date of publication is August 2002. She has published articles on the Sudarium, Shroud and Holy Chalice of Valencia.

    Janice's interests include photography, painting, piano, travel and cooking. She has traveled extensively in Spain, as well as in many other countries of Europe, Central and South America, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. She was selected for Marquis' Who's Who 2002.

    Scope and Content of Presentation:

    Comprehensive coverage of the Sudarium of Oviedo, including its history, the scientific investigation, Judaic culture, Biblical analyses, and comparative studies with the Shroud of Turin. Presentation includes photographic slides. Length is 60-90 minutes, depending on the requirements of the host, with one-half hour for questions. English or Spanish.

    Equipment Requirements:

    Screen and microphone. Sufficient electrical outlets for computer and projector.

    Honorarium:

    Fee negotiable. Host responsible for airfare and hotel, and will allow time for the sale of books after the presentation.

    Areas available for speaking:

    Anywhere in the United States, Europe or the world.

    Contact information:

    Janice Bennett
    P.O. Box 270276,
    Littleton, Colorado 80127
    Phone: 303-973-2541
    Fax: 303-973-3014
    Mobile: 720-209-4561
    Email: bennettjanice@mac.com

    Updated May 5, 2008

    Richard Bernatchez

    Biography:

    Dick Bernatchez is the founder of Faith Based Communications (FBC) [www.faithbasedcomm.com]. FBC was established to provide presentations/exhibits to groups of any size on subjects related to Christian Faith.

    FBC makes presentations on the Shroud of Turin. FBC is also permitted to exhibit The Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World, and also has an optional accompanying presentation.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    FBC's Shroud presentation is entitled, "Sacred Cloths" and deals with both the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo. The presentation takes audiences through the history of each cloth, the scientific analyses that have been done, current data that refutes the C-14 dating of the Shroud, analogies between the Man of the Shroud and Jesus through scripture, etc. The inability to explain the mechanism by which the image on the Shroud was created is also explored, along with the unique photo-negative and 3D characteristics of the image. Finally, the link between the two cloths having been in contact with the same crucified person, and its implications are examined. Exhibit materials include full size Shroud images (both positive and negative), as well as crown of thorns, crucifixion nails, etc. 70-80 minutes + questions.

    Equipment Requirements:

    NONE, the speaker brings all required equipment. You need only provide an appropriate space (chairs for attendees and a few tables) and promote the event. We provide you with tailored fliers for use in promoting your event.

    Honorarium:

    There is NO speaker fee/honorarium, NOR any request for reimbursement for travel, lodging, or meals associated with any presentations.

    Area of country available for speaking:

    Anywhere in North America.

    For more information:

    Dick Bernatchez, BSME, MEA and PE (Professional Engineer)
    Faith Based Communications
    P.O. Box 1507
    Zephyr Cove, Nevada 89448
    Phone: 775-720-4519
    Email: info@faithbasedcomm.com

    Updated September 29, 2013

    Russ Breault

    Biography:

    Russ Breault is the founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. (STEP). The mission of STEP is to offer a big screen experience to colleges, universities and churches. Mr. Breault has been researching and lecturing on the Shroud of Turin for over 30 years. He has appeared in numerous documentaries including Mysteries of the Ancient World on CBS and most recently The Real Face of Jesus on History Channel which premiered in 2010 and has since aired over 30 times. In 2013 he appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the latest research.

    Mr. Breault's presentation, known as SHROUD ENCOUNTER, has been seen at Duke University, West Point, Penn State, Cal State and many others. In addition, he has presented at hundreds of churches of all denominations.

    Mr. Breault is a professional marketer by trade and believes in the necessity of effective promotion for the success of any event. STEP makes available the following promotional resources: :

    For more information:

    Go to www.ShroudEncounter.com

    To Contact Russ Breault:

    Email: russ@ShroudEncounter.com
    Call: 678-817-7188
    Or write: PO Box 3397, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269, USA

    Updated August 31, 2013

    Ray Downing

    Biography:

    Ray Downing is the creative force behind the History Channel special "The Real Face of Jesus?".

    This program focuses on the 3D information contained in the Shroud of Turin, which many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

    Downing uses the image on the Shroud as the basis for constructing an avatar of the man it once enfolded, a man who bears the specific wounds associated with the historical Jesus.

    The program became a worldwide phenomenon and once again stirred interest in the Shroud of Turin as a physical bridge to spiritual beliefs.

    Downing pioneered the bodily reconstruction of historical figures using computer graphics when in 2009 he constructed the Virtual Abraham Lincoln, which appeared in the History Channel special "Stealing Lincoln's Body". He was awarded an Emmy for individual achievement in his craft for creating the first video images of Abraham Lincoln, 150 years after his assassination.

    Downing is currently engaged in personal investigations into the physical phenomenon which produced the Shroud's mysterious encoding.

    Scope and Content of Presentation: Equipment Requirements:

    Large LCD screen or computer projector and PA system.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    The entire US

    Honorarium:

    Fees are determined by travel time, type and size of organization, and projected audience.

    Contact:
    Maria Downing
    Phone: 845-331-6737
    Posted February 13, 2011

    Remi Dubuque

    Biography:

    Remi Dubuque is a retired college professor (English Literature & Writing) with a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from Boston University. He has been steadily on the trail of the Shroud since the late 1960's and has written reviews of books and tv programs on the Shroud. He possesses a generous library of books, articles, and videos on the subject. He promises a totally genial, relaxed, and understandable audio-visual presentation with generous pass-outs and bibliography for all seekers of information on the Shroud.

    Scope and Content of Presentation: Equipment Requirements:

    Only a television with DVD player

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Anywhere within U.S., but host is responsible for traveling costs

    Honorarium:

    No fee for church or educational groups

    Contact:
    Remi Dubuque
    35 Wild Oak Dr.
    Southington, Ct. 06489
    Email: rgdubuque@cox.net
    Phone: 860-276-9132
    Posted July 15, 2011

    Giulio Fanti

    Biography:

    Giulio Fanti is Professor of Mechanical and Thermic Measurements at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Padua University, Italy, since 1996. He was founding member of the Center of Studies and Activities for Space CISAS "G. Colombo" http://cisas.unipd.it/, Secretary of the Italian group of official professors of Mechanical and Thermic Measurements and he has been member of technical teams of international Space Missions: the Giotto Mission to the Halley Comet, the TSS-1 Mission, the Mission Mars '94 for the study of "Fourier Realtime Michelson Spectrometer", the Cassini Mission for Huygens probe for HASI.

    His past research activity was devoted to the study of physical models of space structures, uncertainty analysis, finite elements modeling, thermo-mechanical optimization of space instruments and sound, pressure, vibration, damping, color and strain measurements. His present research activity is devoted to measurements by means of vision systems, diagnostic of structures and testing of space systems. From 1997 he is in many a groups for studies on the Turin Shroud and he has published two books, two papers in Int. Journals and 18 papers at Conferences about this argument. He was also tutor of 9 degree thesis that treated the image of the Shroud Man. Now he is studying what kind of mechanisms can be involved in the body image formation and the microscopic characteristics of the image-fibers. He is the author of more than a hundred of papers also published in Italian and international journals, lecture notes and books. (Editor's Note: To read Giulio's papers, visit the Scientific Papers & Articles section of the Website Library page of this site, as well as Giulio's own website linked below).

    Scope and Content of Presentation: Equipment Requirements:

    Screen and microphone. Sufficient electrical outlets for computer and projector; semi-dark ambient capable to both make visible the projected slides and to show some little (about 30 cm) clarifying models.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Europe preferred, but all the world if possible; a complete PowerPoint presentation can be lent anywhere on request.

    Honorarium:

    Travel expenses to be provided by host, no fee.

    Contact:
    GIULIO FANTI, Associate Professor
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Padua, Via Venezia 1, 35131 Padua - Italy
    Telephone: +39-049-827-6804 Fax: +39-049-827-6785 /-6788
    E-mail: giulio.fanti@unipd.it
    Website: http://www.dim.unipd.it/fanti
    Posted January 21, 2007

    Diana Fulbright

    Biography:

    Diana has served as Director of Research, Shroud of Turin Center, Richmond, Virginia, since its inception in 1997. She has investigated the Turin Shroud since 1981, when she met Vern Miller, Official Scientific Photographer of the Shroud for STURP, at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Diana formerly taught the History of Christianity and related languages at university. She has lectured on the Shroud of Turin at professional conferences in Europe and the United States and to various church groups and civic organizations in the greater Richmond area. Diana currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Shrine of the Holy Shroud, Inc. (NSHS) and the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.).

    Scope and Content of Presentation: Equipment Requirements:

    Computer projector, large screen, lecture hall which can be darkened for optimum viewing.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    No restrictions - USA or anywhere in the world.

    Honorarium:

    Free Will Offering.
    Host responsible for travel expenses, hotel, meals.

    Contact:

    Professor Diana Fulbright
    Director of Research
    Shroud of Turin Center
    sindon@globalweb.net

    Updated January 21, 2013

    John "Dee" German

    Biography:

    John "Dee" German was one of the original team of STURP researchers who went to Turin, Italy in October 1978 to perform the only comprehensive set of tests ever performed on the Shroud. Dee retired in 2008 after a 42-year career as a scientist, electro-optical engineer, and assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He became involved in Shroud of Turin Research while teaching Physics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was initially drawn in by a challenge from a fellow professor, Dr. John Jackson, to help create a full-sized, three-dimensional statue of the Shroud front image from a photographic negative of the cloth. The statue consisted of a full-height, bas-relief stack of 570 box-cardboard cutouts generated by the VP-8 image analyzer. Following that work, Dee joined the team of STURP scientists for the trip to Turin and subsequent analysis of the result. Dee presented a paper at the 2008 Shroud Science Group International Conference at Ohio Stae University titled "On the Visibility of the Shroud Image."

    Dee has put together a presentation summarizing what's known about the Shroud and relating his story of how God transformed his life and brought him from scientific agnosticism to belief in God and Christ. Dee and his wife, Linda, retired to a home on Lake Seminole in southwest Georgia where he divides his time between part-time consulting, church activities, Shroud of Turin presentations, and enjoying God's beautiful world.

    Scope and Content of Presentation: Equipment Requirements:

    For smaller audiences (wherever three or more are gathered . . .) Dee will provide his own computer, projecter, and screen, unless airline travel is involved. For venues with their own computer projection system, a computer that can accept a Powerpoint or a PDF presentation file is all that's needed.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    From his home in Donalsonville, GA Dee will travel up to 200 miles round trip at no charge for travel expenses. He will drive up to 400 miles or travel by air anywhere in the country for gas/airfare, meals and lodging.

    Honorarium:

    Dee's presentation is given free of charge to any sized group in any venue.

    Dee can be contacted at:
    Dee German
    2777 Lake View Drive
    Donalsonville, GA 39845
    Email: jdeegerman@aol.com
    Phone: 229-816-3013
    Posted August 26, 2012

    John C. Iannone

    Biography:

    John Iannone has studied the Shroud of Turin since 1978. He published The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: New Scientific Evidence in New York. At the invitation of Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, then Papal Custodian of the Holy Shroud, he attended a 3 day Shroud Scientific and Historical Congress in Turin, Italy where he observed the Shroud firsthand. He has carefully followed the work of the STURP Team: The Shroud of Turin Research Project.

    Having earned a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C, he did additional studies in theology at Fordham University and Union Theological Seminary in N.Y. He then served two terms as President of the Holy Shroud Task Force, a national organization of doctors, scientists, historians, theologians and others working to protect and preserve the Holy Shroud and to promote further study of this revered cloth. He has lectured to over 130 Churches of all denominations as well as Schools (High School level), Civic and University groups including the University of Central Florida and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C..

    He was a guest speaker of Mother Angelica on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) cable special "The Shroud and The Passion" and WLAE-TV's New Orleans public television special "The Shroud of Turin: The State of the Question." Mr. Iannone operates a film-studio (NorthStar Production Studios, LLC) in Orlando, Fl. which specializes in contemporary Christian film-making.

    Scope and Content of Presentation:
    Presentation: Approx. 70 minutes utilizing PowerPoint. Available afterwards for questions or discussions. Covers current state of the findings of medical, scientific, archaeological, art and historical evidence relating to the Shroud of Turin, including most recent information regarding the challenge to the Carbon-14 testing.
    Equipment Requirements:
    Has own Screen, Projector/Computer and PowerPoint Presentation. Requires only a microphone, darkened room and sufficient outlets.
    Honorarium:
    Fee is negotiable. Host responsible for airfare, lodging and meals. Speaker requests time for the sale of books & DVD after the presentation.
    Area of Country available for speaking:
    Anywhere in the United States or Canada.
    Contact:
    John C. Iannone
    E-Mail: jciannone@gmail.com
    Cell Phone: 407-361-6790 (Orlando, Florida)
    Website: www.northstarproductionstudios.com
    Posted January 21, 2009

    Carol Jobe

    Biography:

    Carol A. Jobe, Ph.D., Boston College, is past president of Mater Dei College, College of Misericordia and Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Dr. Jobe became acquainted with the Shroud of Turin through an association with Dr. Paul Maloney, Director of ASSIST. She has lectured on the "Mystery of the Man of the Shroud" to numerous church organizations, colleges and schools.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Unique integration of factual information regarding crucifixions, Jewish Burial Rites, and Biblical References. The presentation leaves the audience to reach their own conclusions, followed by a question and answer discussion period. Length of presentation can be altered to fit host needs. (range 60-90 minutes)

    Equipment Requirements:

    Large Screen and Microphone (Power Point Presentation)

    Honorarium:

    Negotiable; depends upon number of attendees and number of presentations. Host is expected to assume all travel, lodging and food costs.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Unlimited in the United States.

    Contact:

    Meghan Smith
    2533 Fawnwood Road
    Marrero, La 70072
    Phone: (504) 341-3193
    Email: Meghansmith66@hotmail.com
    Posted July 5, 2004

    Chris Knabenshue

    Biography:

    Chris as been doing research on the Shroud of Turin since his first year in Catholic seminary studies in 2000. In 2001, Chris put together a small presentation on the forensics of the crucifixion and the Shroud of Turin for a seventh and eighth grade class at his home parish in South Bend, Indiana. Seeing that the topic was of great interest, he expanded this presentation and began offering it to different parishes, organizations, and other groups. He has currently traveled to six different states presenting on the Shroud of Turin. He was also asked by Dr. Gilbert Lavoie, a good friend and the catalyst for his interest in the Shroud, to deliver the talk of Fr. Walter Abbott at the 2001 Dallas International Conference of the Shroud of Turin. Through this humbling experience, Chris has made many connections with the researchers and scientists directly involved in Shroud research. He is currently the president of the Shroud of Turin Society of Northern Indiana which commits itself to educating the public on the Shroud of Turin as a means of a tool of evangelization. Using his background in Theology and Philosophy, he has written a chapter in Dr. Bart Saucelo's Revised Second Edition of Resurrection Documented: A Window to the Supernatural, which discusses the Shroud within the context of the miracle of the Resurrection. In the summer of 2005 he launched The Crucifixion and the Shroud website (www.crucifixionshroud.com) in an attempt to bring the science, the history, and the meaning of both the Crucifixion of Jesus and the Shroud of Turin in a powerful and visual way to the level of the lay person.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Chris's main presentation "The Crucifixion and the Shroud" is a dramatic presentation on the forensics of the Crucifixion and the much disputed Shroud of Turin using all five senses of the body. The first section of the presentation draws on Chris's past experience in acting and dramatically takes the participant through the process of crucifixion. It utilizes many pictures, props, and replicas of First Century crucifixion instruments as well as something to taste and smell. The second part of the presentation is on the Shroud of Turin. This is mostly an overview of the science and history of the Shroud, brought down to the level of the lay person. This section also uses several images to illustrate what is being said. In between the Crucifixion and the Shroud sections, a brief meditation slide show is presented to highlight the spiritual nature of the subject. Before and after the presentation, questions are welcomed, and visitors are allowed to browse and view the hands-on exhibit. Which features, above other things, plants from Israel that are believed to have been used for the crown of thorns, and an actual relic (piece of) the Shroud. Both of these items were generously donated to the exhibit. The presentation itself lasts one hour. More information on this presentation, including pictures of the exhibit, can be found at www.crucifixionshroud.com.

    Equipment Requirements:

    All of the equipment for this presentation is already owned, although, depending on location of the presentation, it is very helpful that the host have: a large screen, LCD Projector, and Sound equipment. Long tables for the exhibit are needed for any presentation.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Chris will travel anywhere, given adequate time for planning and scheduling. Depending on the location of the presentation, the exhibit might have to be limited due to traveling limitations.

    Honorarium:

    No fee is ever required. Where there is burdensome travel or lodging, those needs are expected to be met. Gift donations are accepted to help alleviate year-round expenses and improvements.

    Contact:

    Chris Knabenshue
    E-mail: cldsk@crucifixionshroud.com
    Website: www.crucifixionshroud.com
    Posted March 17, 2006

    Emanuela Marinelli

    Biography:

    Emanuela Marinelli has degrees in Natural and Geological Sciences and the qualifications to teach Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Geography. She worked by contract with the Institute of Mineralogy of Rome University of Study in the years 1974 and 1975.

    From 1976 to 2009 she was a teacher in state schools. Since 1981 she has been teaching Physical, Political, Economic and Tourist Geography at the Professional Institute for the Commercial and Tourist Services "Giulio Verne" of Rome. She also taught Iconography, Iconology and Christian Symbology at the Assumption University of Orvieto.

    She was one of the members of the Centro Romano di Sindonologia from 1977 to 1985. At this center she attended the biennial course of Shroud studies on Christ's Passion, subsequently becoming teacher of the same courses. The Vicariate of Rome gave her, after her attendance of a further biennial course of catechesis by the Vicariate itself, the Diploma of Catechist Specialized in Catechesis of the Passion on 1987. In 1987 she attended as a teacher, the first course of Sindonology held in Rome by the Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore. In 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1992 she held, by the Vicariate of Rome, adjournment courses for the teachers of religion of the diocese of Rome about the topics relative to the Shroud. She held adjournment courses for the teachers of religion in other dioceses in Italy. Since 1977 she held several lectures in each region of Italy and abroad (for example: Indonesia). She wrote numerous articles in newspapers and magazines and took part in various broadcasts and telecasts.

    She attended the Congresses on the Shroud held in: Turin 1978, Bologna 1981, Trani 1984, Siracusa 1987, Bologna 1989, Paris 1989, Cagliari 1990, Rome 1993, Nice 1997, Turin 1998, Richmond 1999, Rio de Janeiro 1999, Orvieto 2000 (she was the coordinator), Dallas 2001, Paris 2002, Rio de Janeiro 2002, Dallas 2005, Frascati 2010, Torun 2011 and Valencia 2012.

    She wrote in 1990 for the publishing house Rizzoli in collaboration with Orazio Petrosillo, the book La Sindone - Un enigma alla prova della scienza, translated into English, French, Spanish and Polish; in 1996 for the publishing house S. Paolo the book La Sindone, un'immagine "impossibile", translated in Portuguese and Polish; in 1997 for the publishing house S. Paolo in collaboration with Maurizio Marinelli, the texts for the cd-rom Sindone viva and worked to its realization. She wrote in 1998 for the publishing house Rizzoli, in collaboration with Orazio Petrosillo, the book La Sindone - Storia di un enigma, updated edition of that of 1990 and for the publishing house S. Paolo, in collaboration with Maurizio Marinelli, the book Cosa vuoi sapere sulla Sindone? She wrote in 1999 for the publishing house Messaggero, in collaboration with Giulio Fanti, the book Cento prove sulla Sindone - Un giudizio probabilistico sull'autenticità; she wrote in 2002 for the publishing house Delta 3, in collaboration with Maurizio Marinelli, the book La Sindone - Un incontro con il mistero; she wrote in 2003 for the publishing house Progetto Editoriale, in collaboration with Giulio Fanti, the book La Sindone rinnovata - Misteri e certezze; in 2006 for the publishing house Sigma Libri in collaboration with Michele Miscia the book La Sindone, alle sorgenti del mistero; in 2007 for the publishing house Edizioni Art - Il Timone the book La Sindone, il mistero di un'immagine; in 2008 for the publishing house Delta 3 in collaboration with Michele Loconsole the book La Sindone, sulle tracce del Mistero; in 2009 for the publishing house Sugarco the book La Sindone, analisi di un mistero; in 2010 for the publishing house S. Paolo the book La Sindone, testimone di una presenza, for the publishing house Téqui the book Suaire de Turin, Témoignage d'une presence, for the publishing house Messaggero in collaboration with Maurizio Marinelli the book Alla scoperta della Sindone and for the publishing house Shalom in collaboration with Maurizio Marinelli the book La Sindone, un mistero tra storia, scienza e fede. She was among the promoters of the movement "Collegamento pro Sindone" and of the homonymous bimonthly magazine, on the web since 1997, to which she actively collaborated from its inception.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Computer with Power Point & Large Screen

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Anywhere, given adequate advance notice. Host responsible for airfare, hotel and all meals and expenses.

    Honorarium:

    No Fee

    Contact:

    Emanuela Marinelli
    Via Diego Simonetti 54
    00122 Roma Lido
    Italy
    Phone and Fax number: +39-06-5681853
    Portable Telephone: +39-347-5801663
    E-mail: sindone@fastwebnet.it
    Web: www.shroud.it
    Updated January 21, 2014

    Don Messier

    Biography:

    Don Messier is a registered financial planner and a retired superintendent of schools. He has been a student of the Holy Shroud of Turin for over 60 years and has a fast moving media presentation and exhibit.

    He has been appointed as the State Director of the Holy Shroud Exhibit for the state of Vermont. The Directors and Dr. Richard DeGraff of the Holy Shroud Center in Illinois have made this appointment. He has travelled with the Holy Shroud of Turin replica for over six years and has made presentations in hundreds of locations.

    He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College (Dominican) in 1959; his Masters Degree from Fairfield University (Jesuit) in 1963; and was awarded fellowships from the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. Don was a teacher and school administrator in Frankfurt West Germany for six years; one year in Canada, and twenty-eight years in Vermont. After thirty-five years in education, he retired and has been a registered financial planner for fifteen years.

    He read A Doctor at Calvary by Dr. Pierre Barbet, MD, when he was in high school in 1953, and since that time, he has been a student of the Shroud. Don taught ancient and medieval history for 5 years.

    Don has two sons. One is a neonatologist; the other holds an Ed.D. and teaches at the college level for the state of Vermont. Don’s wife, Ann, is a retired educator, who taught for thirty-five years. Don has been a daily communicant for 30 years. He is an avid waterfowl hunter and a trophy fisherman.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Eastern United States subject to speaker's availability. Sixty days lead time required. References available upon request.

    Honorarium:

    No fee is ever required. Host is expected to assume all travel, lodging, and food costs, if overnight accommodations are needed.

    Contact:

    Donald. W. Messier, Sindonologist
    PO Box 330
    Jericho, VT 05465
    Phone: 1-800-295-5158 or 1-802-899-3539
    FAX: 1-802-899-5243
    E-mail: DWAMessier@aol.com
    Cell phone: 1-802-363-0448

    Updated November 25, 2013

    Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo

    Biography:

    Born in Pamplona (Spain) in 1954, holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the National Research Council (CSIC).

    I felt attracted by the Shroud since the publication in National Geographic, back in 1980. From that moment, I read everything in my hands, but I did not get really involved till we moved to Rome for professional reasons. There I had the chance to study a one-year course (1995) directed by the Centro Romano de Sindonologia Giulio Ricci (at present Centro Diocesano) where I received the approach as "Catechista della Passione" that made me feel involved in lecturing. Today this course has grown up and is become a Post Degree University Course, taking place within Università Lateranense (Pope's University) in Rome.

    I am a member of the Spanish Centro Español de Sindonología, and collaborate with activities (educational, lectures, round tables, exhibitions, TV programs) of the group within my area, in different settings (parishes, schools, state and private universities). I have published a few articles in specialised and general magazines (mostly LINTEUM, the official organ of the Spanish CES). (More complete Curriculum Vitae available in Spanish if required).

    Scope & Content of Presentations:

    I have usually been asked to lecture on the medical studies on the shroud, the medical-legal approach, and the relationship between the shroud and Gospels. Probably due to my background and personal interest, these are the subjects I would rather lecture on. I am a believer myself but have always approached the Shroud as a scientific subject, trying to update and summarise what rigorous scientific studies can tell us from all sources.

    I have also lectured frequently on the history of the Shroud, the scientific approach to the Shroud and several subjects about the Sudarium of Oviedo, the Oviedo cloth (general overview, medical-legal study, the original research done by EDICES -Research Team of the Spanish Society of Sindonology- and the history of the Sudarium).

    I have published on another subjects (history, art, personal experiences, events reports) and lectured in video sessions about the Sudarium of Oviedo and other relics. Usual duration of lectures 1 to 1 ½ hrs. with ½ hr. for questions.

    Equipment Requirements:

    Area available for speaking:

    I could lecture in Spanish, but could also in English and Italian (mostly in post lecture colloquia). I consider Spain my natural environment to lecture. Other countries would mean more complexity (due to travelling time); but anything is possible with advanced notice.

    Honorarium:

    No fixed fee required. Host responsible for travel and lodging expenses. Time cost might be considered depending on the area for lecturing and personal tasks organization.

    Contact:

    Postal Address - Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo / Ventisquero de la Condesa,
    13-5-2ºA / Madrid (28035), Spain
    Telephone - 0034 91 7309965 (home)    0034 630 915653 (cellular)
    E-mail - amcobo@telefonica.net

    Updated May 10, 2009

    David Onysko

    Biography:

    In 1983, David Onysko earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cleveland State University with a Master's in Education in 1991. After two decades of teaching, he is turning his full-time attention to Sindonology (the study of the Shroud). David's interest has led him to many scientific/theological conferences (St. Louis, Rome, Dallas, New York, etc.) Over the years, he has spoken to thousands about the Shroud of Turin, including international audiences. In April 1998, David and a world-wide press corps viewed the Shroud during a private 45 minute showing. In August 2000, David and his family traveled to Turin, Italy to see the image during the Shroud's Jubilee Exposition. He has been presenting the continuing story of the Shroud of Turin since the late 1980's.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Honorarium:

    Negotiable, depending on travel time, size of audience, etc.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Willing to travel, given adequate advance notice. Host is responsible for costs of travel, airfare, hotel/motel, and meals.

    Contact:

    David M. Onysko
    7301 Markal Dr.
    Middleburg Hts, OH 44130
    Phone: 216-688-0040
    Website: www.manintheshroud.org

    Posted January 21, 2005

    Paul Pitt

    Biography:

    Paul Pitt is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and was a student of Father Francis Filas, S.J. during the mid 1960s when Father Filas was professor of theology there. In those days Loyola required every Christian student to earn a minor in theology and a minor in Christian (Jesuit) Philosophy. The Shroud and Father Filas were a hot topic at Loyola University. Every student and each of the faculty were familiar with the Shroud story as far as it went in the 1960's.

    Paul earned a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University of Chicago and, with 40 years of criminal justice service, Paul is a graduate of the Illinois State Police Academy and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute. Paul has been a law enforcement management instructor and established a number of criminal justice advancements from Carbondale Illinois to Chicago and Lake County before taking on similar responsibilities in Orange County California.

    Paul has been an instructor at the Learning Annex 2000 to 2007; Army & Navy Academy of Carlsbad; Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Cal-State L.A., McHenry College (Illinois), John A Logan College, and University of Illinois. Paul is a certified pre-Olympic Coach (NRA) 1980 until 1992, International City Management Association (1979 to 1990), Helms Group., Orange County Government in-service training, the North County Christian Fellowship, St. Paul's Villa (San Diego), Mission Restoration LLC. Paul is also a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the Naval Intelligence Professions and the North San Diego County Christian Fellowship.

    The Shroud and the Sudarium are physical evidence of a remarkable event: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The physical evidence value of the Shroud together with the intensive analysis of so many scientists sparked Paul's State Trooper intuition that there was a "case" to be made for those who doubt the resurrection. There is physical evidence and there are credible witnesses and documentary evidence as well. So Paul, a licensed private investigator since 1978, did just that, i.e., made a case.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    The evidence is valid and can be presented in a consistent manner as though to a jury (audience) and each can decide for themselves what they believe to be true about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This type of presentation has proven valuable with "seekers" who do not yet believe in God but may be in hospice or in the midst of a difficult health situation. It has been valuable in nursing homes, hospitals, managed care and groups who are "seeking answers" to why do things happen? (why me?)

    In addition to Shroud literature Paul may cite sources such as (1) Preservation of Medicolegal Evidence, Arthur J. McBay, M.D. Forensic Pathology Handbook for Pathologists National Institute of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice, L.E.A.A., USDOJ, GPO# 1977-0-238-826 (2) Fox, Richrd H., and Cunningham, Call L., Crime Scene search & Physical Evidence Hand book, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Justice, October 1973. (3) Brown, Steven Kerry, The Complete Idiots Guide to Private Investigating, Second Edition, Alpha Books, London, 2007 (4) Nickle, Joe, Detecting Forgery, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington 2005, (5) Smith, Duane A. and Brown, Ronald C, No One Ailing Except a Physician. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2001, (6) Siljander, Raymond P., Private Investigation and Process Serving, Charles C. Thomas, Springdield, Il. (7) Chambers, Chuck, LPI, Private Investigators Handbook, Perigee, 2005, (8) Fricke, Lynn B., Traffic Accident Reconstruction, Vol.2, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Evanston 1990.

    Equipment Requirements:

    None at this time

    Honorarium:

    Flexible, but at least travel expenses.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    The United States or Canada

    Contact:

    Paul Pitt
    Email: ppitt1@cox.net
    Cell Phone: 619-249-5401 (San Diego)
    Website: http://nocochristianfe.blogspot.com/

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Ed Prior

    Biography:

    As a NASA researcher with over 80 publications and presentations, Ed Prior studied aerodynamic drag effects on spacecraft, searched for evidence of global greenhouse warming, and modeled atmospheric ozone variations. His degrees include aeronautical engineering, astronomy, and information systems. He was Principal Investigator for PAGEOS, still the 2nd largest satellite injected into earth orbit. In 1972 he found high altitude hydrogen concentrations 200 per cent greater than given in the U.S. Standard Atmosphere, an unexpected and controversial result that was not immediately accepted---even by NASA. But 36 years later, the U.S. Air Force Space Command announced Prior's results were correct---and incorporated them into the new Air Force Space Battlelab atmospheric model. He was also co-discoverer of the "Winter Helium Bulge", called "the most striking recent result" in the NASA publication Significant Achievements in Space Science. The discovery led to his receiving the NASA Reid Award for the "best paper of the year", and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He has been cited in The Stratosphere: Past and Present, the COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere, the U. S. National Report on Geodesy, and others. There are six references to his research in three different annual editions of Significant Achievements in Space Science. For the 2004 NASA TV show "The Galactic Vacation", he served as technical script consultant and actor (the "Moon Guy" describing Apollo lunar discoveries). The show won an Emmy Award in the Education category, his last year with NASA. (Editor's Note: A more extensive Biography of Mr. Prior was published on this website in November 2008 in conjunction with an article he co-authored titled "Chronological History of the Evidence for the Anomalous Nature of the C-14 Sample Area of the Shroud of Turin.")

    He has met and corresponded with many of the scientists who have studied the Shroud of Turin, as well as experts in imagery, textiles, First Century Jewish and Roman laws, burial traditions, and forensic science. He has written or co-written several articles on the Shroud, which he viewed at the 2010 Turin Exhibition. He has given numerous presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences in Europe and the USA about the Shroud. As a child in Chicago he saw the first TV documentary about the mysterious cloth, beginning a life-long interest. Prior will discuss results of some investigations it has undergone, the similarities with another mysterious image (Britain's "Jospice Mattress"), and why he thinks modern science has still not identified the precise chemical/physical reactions that may have created one or both of them. He will also explain why he believes the 1988 Shroud carbon dating (1260-1390!) was flawed and needs to be carefully redone. He recently spoke about the Shroud at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Florida and was interviewed by the "Seeds of Hope" newsletter about the cloth.

    Prior has a separate but complementary interest in the owner of the True Shroud, Joseph of Arimathaea, and has done extensive research on legends surrounding him---including the traditions that he fled Judea to escape the Sanhedrin's retaliation for his assumed role in Jesus' disappearance. He wrote a chapter about Joseph which appeared in a book by well-known British author Juliet Faith entitled Glastonbury, The Templars, and the Sovran Cloth. A separate presentation is available on this topic, entitled "Joseph of Arimathaea---Mystery Man of the Gospels."

    Prior also has been active in the mystery of the identity of the "Beloved Disciple", the first person to see the burial cloth of Jesus (according to the Gospel of John). He has a separate presentation on this topic as well, entitled "The Beloved Disciple---First Witness of the Shroud?"

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Honorarium:

    Host responsible for travel arrangements, expenses, hotel & meals; no honorarium required by speaker, but if one provided, speaker requests half be sent as tax-deductible contribution to STERA, Inc.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Southeastern USA preferred but will consider other areas & nations.

    Contact:

    Ed Prior
    E-mail: okguy2@cox.net
    Cell: 757-287-4880

    Updated August 31, 2013

    David Roemer

    Biography:

    David Roemer is a Shroud skeptic. He graduated from Fordham College in 1964 and from New York University in 1971 (Ph.D., Physics). The Church of England Newspaper, OrthodoxyToday.org, Insight Magazine, and Spero News have published his articles on science and religion. He produced a YouTube video titled "The Truth About Evolution and Religion." David Roemer is a member of the Christian Speaker Network.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    The talk will present the point of view expressed in his essay, "Why the Turin Shroud Is Not Authentic," which was published by Spero News on January 18, 2008.

    Equipment Requirements:

    None

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey

    Honorarium:

    None

    Contact:

    David Roemer
    345 Webster Ave Apt 4O
    Brooklyn, NY 11230
    Phone: 347-417-4703
    Email: davidmihjng@gmail.com
    View Shroud Slideshow at http://www.holyshroud.info/slideshow/

    Updated January 21, 2014

    Ray Schneider

    Biography:

    Ray is a cross-disciplinary trained scientist with an undergraduate degree in Physics, a Masters Degree in Engineering Science, and a Ph.D. in Information Technology. He first became aware of the Shroud from a presentation offered at a Jesuit retreat house in the 1960's. For many years he carried a picture of the Shroud in his wallet and often brought it out to show people. When the work of STURP began Ray corresponded with Fr. Otterbein of the Holy Shroud Guild. He studied the shroud literature and data extensively and began giving lectures on the Shroud in the late 1970s. He is still doing that these many years later updating his talk and keeping abreast of the latest research.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Ray approaches the Shroud from the dual viewpoints of "the eye of reason" and "the eye of faith." He reviews the Shroud's religious significance as it applies to the passion of Jesus Christ and the events reported in the gospels. He then examines the markings on the shroud, especially the image in the light of objective science which reveals that the Shroud image is not an artistic production. Ray describes the current theories of Shroud origins advanced by Ian Wilson and others and the work and findings of the scientists, beginning with the first photographs of the shroud in 1898, through the STURP researches and down to the present. Ray's focus is on the search for the truth about the Shroud. It is an ever unfolding story.

    Equipment Requirements:

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Willing to travel anywhere, within reason, given adequate advance notice.
    Host responsible for airfare, hotel/motel and all meals and expenses.

    Honorarium:

    No set fee or minimum. Negotiable, depending on budget, distance, size of organization, preparation required, etc.

    Contact:

    Email: rschneid@bridgewater.edu
    Ray can be reached by mail at:
    418 Henry Dr.
    Woodstock, VA. 22664
    or you can visit his web site at:
    http://www.bridgewater.edu/~rschneid/

    Updated February 14, 2014

    Pete Schumacher

    Biography:

    Deacon Peter Schumacher delivered the VP-8 Image Analyzer in 1976 to John Jackson and Eric Jumper. They used it to prove the Shroud has 3D properties captured in the brightness of the image. Pete has been involved in Shroud research, teaching, and presentations ever since that encounter. Deacon Pete is founder of the Shroud Exhibit And Museum, Inc., a unique non-profit exhibit of the Shroud in a shopping mall and on the web at ShroudNM.com.

    From 1972 to 1978, Pete was the production manager and field engineer for Interpretation Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the VP-8 Image Analyzer. He has developed and patented electronic equipment used for image processing, remote sensing, and video imaging since 1972. He continues to study the Shroud at the exhibit and museum in Alamogordo, NM, USA

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Topics may include science, technology, and the discoveries of facets unique to the Shroud. Topics can go further into reflections, faith-based encounters, and contemplation of the Shroud. Presentations may range in length from 45-minutes to a three-day retreat format. All can be scaled to meet your needs and objectives.

    Equipment Requirements:

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Most locations in the United States and Canada.

    Honorarium:

    Transportation, meals, and lodging for speaker, plus shipping of materials (if full-size image display is requested), plus free will offering and all proceeds from the donation-sale of items to support the exhibit and museum in Alamogordo, NM

    Contact:

    Phone 575-415-5206 and leave a message with return call information or
    email to Pete@ShroudNM.com and put "Shroud Presentation" in subject line
    For more information, see web site ShroudNM.com

    Updated January 21, 2014

    Barrie M. Schwortz

    Biography:

    Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, he plays an influential role in Shroud research and education as the editor and founder of the internationally recognized Shroud of Turin Website (www.shroud.com), the oldest, largest and most extensive Shroud resource on the Internet, with more than ten million visitors from over 160 countries. In 2009 he founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, to which he donated the website and his extensive Shroud photographic collection, as well as many other important Shroud resources, in order to preserve and maintain these materials and make them available for future research and study. He currently serves as the President of STERA, Inc.

    He is co-author of a Shroud book with Ian Wilson titled "Turin Shroud: The Illustrated Evidence," (September 2000). He has conducted Shroud lectures around the world and is frequently called upon as a leading imaging expert. He has participated in programs on the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the History Channel, the Sci-Fi Channel, CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, the BBC, Vatican Radio and the Focus Worldwide Catholic Television Network. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of books and publications including Time Magazine, Life Magazine and National Geographic and in countless television documentaries. At the invitation of the Organizing Committee of the Third International Shroud of Turin Symposium, Mr. Schwortz presented his paper titled, "The Role of the Internet in the Future of Shroud Research" in June 1998, in Turin, Italy and an updated version of the paper titled "The Role of the Internet in Current Shroud Research" at the June 1999 Richmond Conference. He presented a paper titled "Is the Shroud of Turin a Medieval Photograph" at the Sindone 2000 Shroud Conference in Orvieto, Italy in August 2000.

    Barrie began his professional photographic career in 1971. He operated an award winning commercial photographic studio specializing in product, food, advertising, technical and editorial illustration for fifteen years and founded his first video production company, Educational Video, Inc., in May of 1978.

    For fourteen years, Mr. Schwortz was an independent imaging consultant to the Laser Research and Technology Development Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He consulted and participated in imaging research projects with major universities, hospitals and medical device manufacturers and continues to produce presentations for the medical field, including slide and video programs that teach new surgical techniques to surgeons. In 1998, he wrote two digital imaging protocols that were accepted and approved for use in clinical trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. His company served as Core Laboratory and provided all digital imaging services for one of these trials. His clients have included many of the largest corporations in the world and his presentations have been shown at major medical and scientific conferences worldwide and to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Note that ALL presentations require a lecture hall or room that can be made dark enough to allow for proper viewing of the projected materials. This is essential for a quality presentation.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Willing to travel anywhere, within reason, given adequate advance notice.
    Host responsible for airfare, hotel, all meals and expenses.

    Honorarium:

    Negotiable, depending on budget, distance, number and length of presentations given, size of organization, preparation required, etc. Please note that all payments are made directly to STERA, Inc., a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Colorado and a tax exempt public charity granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

    Contact:

    Barrie Schwortz
    President, STERA, Inc.
    1094 Highland Meadows Drive
    Florissant, CO 80816, U.S.A.
    Phone: 719-689-2217
    E-mail: bschwortz@shroud.com
    Bio and Resume available at www.schwortz.com
    DVD-Video of Television Appearances available upon request.

    Updated July 3, 2010

    Thomas J. Senn

    Biography:

    Thomas Senn is an ordained Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. "Deacon Tom" was ordained by Bishop Anthony M. Pilla in 1990. He has nine years of Seminary training. Prior to being ordained, he was an Analytical Chemist involved in pharmaceutical research and later a Hospital Sales Associate for an international pharmaceutical company for twenty eight years. He is presently in full-time parish ministry having served as a Jail and Prison Chaplain for seven years. Deacon Tom has a vast understanding of anatomy, scientific methods of analysis, statistical analysis, and peer review. His scientific background began in Chemistry at Marian University, (Indianapolis, Indiana) followed by additional studies in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University. He received the Outstanding Young Men of America Award in 1973, because of his knowledge and presentations on the Shroud of Turin. What began as a fascination, became a hobby, and then a life-long spiritual journey.

    Deacon Senn recalls that at age nine, his mother showed him a picture of the full body image on the Shroud. She said: "This is a picture of Jesus as He looked after the crucifixion." He never forgot her words or the picture itself. At age thirty, Tom joined a group of men from the church to spend a weekend at Alverna Retreat House in Indianapolis. It was on that Retreat that he found in the library a book titled, Doctor at Calvary by Dr. Pierre Barbet. That spark of interest suddenly became a flame and he contacted Fr. Adam J. Otterbein, the founding President of the Holy Shroud Guild for in-depth information and film strips. Fr. Otterbein, continued to tutor him by means of articles, phone conversations, and books. That was forty years ago …. The rest is history.

    His audiences, have included numerous High Schools, Colleges, and the following Christian Denominations: Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians, in addition to his native Roman Catholic Parishes and Organizations. Deacon Senn has always prefaced his presentations with the words that: "Christianity does not depend on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin; it depends totally on Jesus Christ, the Son of God."

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Large screen, lighted podium, good microphone system, and sufficient electrical outlets for all equipment. I will provide my personal computer and projector.
    NOTE: All Presentations require a darkened lecture hall or church in order to view projected materials properly.
    Area of Country available for speaking:
    I am willing to travel anywhere in the United States. Host is responsible for all round trip travel expenses including hotel, all meals and any additional expenses.
    Honorarium:
    Fee is negotiable, depending on travel time, size of organization, and amount of preparation required. I would appreciate a short period after the presentation to sell a selection of Shroud prayer cards and pictures.
    Contact:
    Deacon Thomas J. Senn, S.F.O.
    Shroud Presentations
    401 Bounty Way, Unit #237
    Avon Lake, Ohio 44012 - 2482
    Home Phone: (440) 930-5332
    E-Mail: ShroudPresentations@Gmail.com
    Posted January 21, 2009

    Peter Wadhams

    Biography:

    Peter Wadhams is a professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University and has been interested for a long time both in the history of the Shroud and in the scientific questions concerning its nature and provenance. By profession he is a polar oceanographer who studies climate change effects on sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. He is a member of the Commission set up by the Diocese of Turin to assess scientific proposals for investigating the Shroud. He would be happy to give talks within the UK on the Shroud, either in general or in specific scientific terms.

    Scope & Content of Presentation:

    Equipment Requirements:

    Honorarium:

    No fee if the meeting itself is a non-commercial one.

    Area of Country available for speaking:

    Anywhere within UK. Host responsible for travel and incidental expenses.

    Contact:

    Peter Wadhams
    DAMTP, University of Cambridge
    E-mail: p.wadhams@damtp.cam.ac.uk
    Telephone: +44 1223 760372

    Posted January 21, 2011

    J. R. Watts

    Biography:

    J. R. Watts, a Bible prophecy researcher for over 30 years, founded the New York Shroud of Turin Society in 2001. He also worked as a cable TV producer, airing many Bible prophecy programs. J.R. offers portable exhibits of life-size Shroud images: four life-sized images reflecting both positive & negative aspects of the image, depicting the frontal & dorsal angles of the man whose image was mysteriously captured for all time in the burial linen cloth known as, the Shroud of Turin, which J.R. says is a sign of God's invisible existence.

    Scope and Content of Presentation:

    J.R. Watts will discuss the Shroud from the perspective of modern day forensics but also in relation to the holy scriptures and the fulfillment of Bible prophecies and the discovery of Bible Codes pertaining to the Shroud, directly linking Yeshua/Jesus with previously hidden codes encrypted within the pages of the Bible, suggesting there is every reason to believe the Shroud bears the supernatural imprint of the Son of God, at the moment of resurrection. Join J.R. as he literally connects the Biblical dots of the past, present & future to see how it all adds up. J.R.'s seminar & display lasts upwards to 1 hour with time for questions and answers.

    The Shroud of Turin exhibit is offered to any group, church, school, club or house of worship. Our exhibit is also available for news media interviews, scientific discussions and various other videotaped programs and for display at charity fundraising events for worthy causes. We are non denominational and do not promote any particular religious, social or political agendas, although we extend an invitation to the United Nations General Assembly to invite us to display the Shroud at the UN Building. We are also seeking a church who can display our Shroud replicas in the NYC area on an ongoing basis for times when we are not on the road. Our only goal is to make straight a highway in the desert for our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, or Jesus of Nazareth, because the King, Christ our Redeemer, is returning soon and J.R. is one of many watchmen on the wall.

    Equipment Requirements:

    A microphone or P.A. system. Hosts will be asked to provide us with 2 men to carry our life size framed Shrouds from our van and into your facility.

    Honorarium:

    No fee but hosts are invited to help us with traveling/lodging expenses, as/if needed, depending on travel time, mileage, gas and toll costs. We are also available for back to back 2 day Shroud seminars if requested and can expand the scope of the presentation if desired to longer lengths in time and subject matter.

    Area of country available for speaking:

    Contact us via email for specific geographic locations.

    Contact:
    J.R. Watts
    Phone (347) 937-4814
    Email: nyshroud@aol.com
    Website: www.nyshroud.com
    Updated October 12, 2012

    Phillip H. Wiebe

    Biography:

    Phillip Wiebe has a doctorate in Philosophy from an Australian university, and has taught in Canadian universities for thirty years. His area of special interest is in assessing the weight of evidence, and he brings this expertise to bear in defending the claim that the Shroud is the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. He has published articles on various topics and several books, including Visions of Jesus (Oxford University Press, 1997, 1998), which is a careful examination of visionary experiences and their significance for biblical Christianity based on interviews with thirty living visionaries who report that Jesus Christ appeared to them. (He is also available to lecture on this research.) He has lectured on the Shroud in Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and Mennonite parishes, and in several universities. References available on request.

    Scope and Content of Presentation:
    Equipment Requirements:

    PowerPoint Projector (preferred) or Kodak Slide Projector

    Honorarium:

    Negotiable, depending on travel time, size of audience, etc.

    Area of country available for speaking:

    I am willing to travel, given adequate advance notice. Host is responsible for costs of airfare, hotel/motel, and meals.

    Contact:
    Phillip H. Wiebe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Philosophy
    Trinity Western University
    Langley, British Columbia
    Canada V2Y 1Y1
    Office: (604) 888 7511 ext. 3334
    Home: (604) 534 0579
    Email: pwiebe@twu.ca
    Posted October 15, 2002

    Wayne Wright

    Biography:

    Wayne Wright graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1965 with a B.A. in religion. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas, with a Master of Divinity degree in 1969. He ministered to college and university students through the Baptist Student Union, and has ministered as a pastor and full time Christian Counselor. Wayne is has been a guest speaker at various churches and campuses, speaking on the topics of evangelism, discipleship and moral purity. For the last 10 years he has done extensive research and study on the Shroud of Turin. In 2002 Wayne wrote his 30 page book, The Shroud Of Turin, Scientific Evidence That Jesus Christ Raised From The Dead, which summarizes the most important information concerning the Shroud of Turin. Wayne is convinced that the Shroud of Turin presents the greatest opportunity for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to our generation.

    Scope and Content of Presentation:
    Equipment Requirements:

    Large screen and microphone are needed. If host can provide a DVD player and projector that will be helpful, if not, I will bring my own. I must have a room dark enough for the viewing of projected material. This is important for quality viewing.

    Honorarium:

    No set fee, but will receive a love offering. If a professionally produced DVD is used, I will need to add $1.50 per person to cover the public license fee that is required for compliance with copyright laws. Host is expected to assume all travel and lodging expenses.

    Area of country available for speaking:

    Wayne lives in the Oklahoma City area. Available to travel anywhere with an advanced notice.

    Contact:
    Wayne Wright
    PO Box 486
    Piedmont, Ok 73078
    405-225-8897
    Email: info@stwpc.com
    Web site: www.stwpc.com
    Posted September 7, 2010


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    Send it to the attention of Barrie Schwortz at bschwortz@shroud.com. There is a one time Listing Fee of US$25.00 to cover initial production and bandwidth costs. You can pay for your listing by sending a check made out to STERA, Inc. (drawn on an American bank or American branch of an overseas bank) or by using your credit/debit card via the Publication Rates section of the Secure Order Form page of the website. You may also order your listing by telephone using your credit card, but you will still need to submit your materials separately. If you wish to mail the materials, be sure to include your check or credit card information with your submission. Once published, you can simply send us update information by e-mail.

    Submit your materials to:

    Barrie Schwortz
    STERA, Inc.
    1094 Highland Meadows Drive
    Florissant, CO 80816, U.S.A.
    Phone: 719-689-2217
    E-mail: bschwortz@shroud.com

    The Shroud of Turin Website reserves the right to edit listings for brevity, clarity and accuracy.



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