Speaker Russell Breault
will present “Shroud Encounter” at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, West Chester, on Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. (Photo by Jason Turner)

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in West Chester will host “Shroud Encounter,” a big-screen presentation with more than 200 images covering all aspects of the Shroud of Turin, thought by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

Russ Breault, an expert with the Shroud of Turin Education Project, will lead the presentation on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Admission is $10 for adults; children under 16 are free. Order tickets here.

The event is sponsored by the St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 11319 of the Knights of Columbus.

Also beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 7, the parish will have on display “The Man of the Shroud Traveling Exhibit.” The self-guided exhibit is on loan from the St. Maximilian Kolbe National Shrine in Marytown, Ill. It features a full-size replica of the Shroud of Turin, a crucified corpus and 90 panels of associated scientific and historic information.

The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world yet remains a mystery. The 14-foot long linen cloth that has been in Turin, Italy for over 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the Bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus.

“Shroud Encounter” will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed. See the website ShroudEncounter.com for more information.