The Man of the Shroud Exhibit coming to Vandalia


VANDALIA — You are invited to see a replica of the Shroud of Turin, which is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus, and to learn about the history and science behind it by experiencing The Man of the Shroud Exhibit, coming to Mother of Dolors Parish in Vandalia for display Sept. 8-14. 

The Shroud is one of the most scientifically studied religious icons in history. As science has progressed, so has the speculation on how the image of the crucified man of the Shroud was made. After decades of exhaustive and medical, historical, and scientific research, the Center for the Study of the Passion of the Christ and the Holy Shroud has developed a moving and informative mobile exhibit on the Shroud of Turin. 

The centerpiece is a full-length canvas replica of the Shroud made by the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. In addition, the mobile exhibit contains a large, crucified corpus showing the wounds of Christ corresponding to the passion narrative in the Gospel accounts and the wounds shown on the Shroud. The exhibit contains over 31 popup display banners detailing the history and science of the Shroud. The Conventual Franciscan Friars of the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown in Libertyville are making this exhibit possible in Vandalia.

To check it out, visit Mother of Dolors Parish Center at 705 N. St. Clair St., Vandalia, IL 62471. There is no charge, and it’s open to the public.

The exhibit is open on the following days and times: 

  • Sept. 8: 5-7p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Noon-2 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.
  • Sept 10: 1-4 p.m., with Shroud scholar Mark Antonacci giving a talk at 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: 10 a.m.-noon; 5-7 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: 10 a.m.-noon; 5-7 p.m.
  • Sept. 13: 10 a.m.-noon; 5-7 p.m.
  • Sept. 14: 10 a.m.-noon

On Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17, Father Lawrence Carney will give a retreat on the “Devotion to the Holy Face” at Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry in Vandalia, which will also include the Man of the Shroud Exhibit. More information can be found by visiting: