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Marian Symposium

October 9, 2020 - October 10, 2020

 (Exhibit open daily from 9:30am-3:30pm)

A high quality life-sized reproduction of the original Shroud of Turin is returning to the Shrine!  The Shroud of Turin is believed to be the burial cloth Jesus was wrapped in after His crucifixion.  Mr. Tony Cherniawski, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, has spent many years studying the Holy Shroud and, as a Knight of Columbus has devoted his time and efforts to the Shroud apostolate.  He will be available daily to give presentations and to answer any questions.  There is no cost to attend.  Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted for the Shroud of Turin Apostolate.

Interested in bringing a parish, school, or other group?  Please contact the Shrine Pilgrimage Department for scheduling.  877-799-4059 x240

Expert Presentation Details


Presentations by: Mr. Tony Cherniawski

Presentations available daily during exhibition, groups of ten or more should schedule in advance.


Grades K-4, presentation outline: (20-30 minutes)

1)  Did Jesus leave us a picture of himself?  (In front of the Shroud) What do we see in the picture of the Shroud?         (Ask for help from the audience)  Show the wounds of Jesus and the markings         and burns in the Shroud.  Why would Jesus have done this?

2)  Did Jesus leave us a picture of His mother?  When did that happen?  Show the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

3)  What is a Shroud?  Where is it mentioned in the Gospel (John 19:38-42, John 20:1-10).. How old was the Apostle John when this happened?

4)  With the help of a young male teacher or older male student, demonstrate the burial of Jesus using a linen cloth of the same dimensions as the Shroud.


Grades 5-8 presentation outline: (30-45 minutes)

1)   Introduce the Shroud and ask them what they see.  Describe the wounds on the face, the nails in his hands, the wound in His side, the nails in the feet.  Describe how the burns were made in the cloth on at least two different occasions.

2)  Why do you think the Shroud is referred to as the 5th Gospel?

3)  Did you know that evidence was taken from the Shroud that not only corroborates the Gospels, but much more:

-Limestone dust has been taken from the Shroud that comes only from the northwest quadrant of Jerusalem near the Damascus Gate where Jesus was crucified, called Aragonite Limestone.  This dust appears on the back of the Shroud where it lay on a limestone slab in the Tomb.  The same dust appears on the cloth at the soles of His feet.  Likewise, that dust appears on the right knee, mixed with blood, cartilage and particles of skin.  The same dust appears at the tip of His nose, with abraded skin, which was broken.  It also appears on a swelling on His forehead, indicating a probable concussion.  In addition, there is a massive bruise on His right shoulder blade.  This is evidence of multiple falls while carrying a heavy burden (Jesus fall three times, as told in the Stations of the Cross)

4)  There are 58 varieties of pollens on the Shroud.  28 of them originate in the Middle East.  8 of them originate within 12-15 kilometers of the city of Jerusalem.  The 8 flowers mentioned all bloom from late March to mid-April.  There are three possible dates for the crucifixion.  April 1, 29 AD, April 7, 30 AD and April 3, 33 AD in the Gregorian Calendar.  Of those dates,  a Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) and earthquake both occurred on April 3, 33 AD.

5)  Coins were placed over the eyelids of the Man in the Shroud.  These were identified as Julia Leptons, minted by Pontius Pilate in 29 AD. I have a Lepton minted in 69 AD that corresponds to the size of the Julia Lepton.

6) With a 3.5′ by 14′ linen cloth, demonstrate how Jesus was laid in the Tomb.


High School and Adult Presentation: (45-60 minutes)

1)  The Image and its formation (Power Point presentation and Demonstration)

2)  The wounds of Man in the Shroud, including items revealed by modern forensics (this will surprise many)

3)  Early history of the Shroud (through the twelfth century)

4)  Medieval history of the Shroud

5)  The Shroud is discovered by Western Civilization

6)  The Science of the Shroud and the release of the Carbon-14 data.


This Exhibit also coincides with early Fall Colors at the Shrine!


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October 9, 2020
October 10, 2020