Shroud Replica to be on Campus Oct. 8 | Benedictine College

Shroud Replica to be on Campus Oct. 8

Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2015


A replica of the Shroud of Turin will be available for viewing on the campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. The viewing will begin with a presentation by Jim Bertrand, a Shroud expert affiliated with the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado. The event is free and open to the public.

The Shroud of Turin is considered by many to be the cloth that Jesus was buried in, and therefore the cloth that wrapped him as he rose from the dead. The replica of the Shroud measures 16 feet x 6 feet and is housed at the Shroud Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where it is only available for viewing by appointment. The Center was founded by Dr. John Jackson, a physicist and the lead scientist of the 35-member team that made up the famed 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project. He is considered to be the world’s leading expert on the Shroud.

Bertrand has been studying the Shroud for more than 30 years and has been affiliated with the Shroud Center of Colorado since 2014. He will discuss new peer-reviewed scientific information regarding the dating of the Holy Shroud, which has been the subject of much debate.

“As a presenter of the Shroud, my mission is to unite Truth with the human heart,” he said. “People will see the most updated scientific evidence regarding the Shroud, and then they can make their own reasoned judgment regarding its authenticity. Whether a relic or an icon, the Shroud is a sacramental, leading us to a deeper relationship with Jesus.”

Bertrand has a Master’s Degree in Education and has been teaching high school science for 35 years. In the past year he has given over 40 Shroud presentations to religious communities, schools and parishes. He and his wife, Kristi, have been married for 32 years and have six children.

Bishop Michael Sheridan, of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, decreed the formation of the American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud in September of 2014. The mission of the confraternity is to spread the message of the Shroud — its importance to faith and to people who would benefit from the powerful witness it conveys about Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.