Shroud of Turin

Event and Shroud Location:

St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church

10825 – 97 Street, Edmonton

Sunday, November 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

            Shroud presentation with the film, “Shroud.”

Sunday, November 29, 2 – 4 p.m.

            Shroud presentation with the film, “The Holy Face”


Presentations will feature the exposition of an official full size photographic replica on cotton cloth which has been produced under the authority of the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy.  Bishop David Motiuk requested a copy of the Shroud and the Archbishop of Turin was pleased to give one to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.  It is one of ten official copies in North America.  As well, four half Shroud upright displays will also be available for viewing.  These were made from photographs taken by Barry Schwortz, the official photographer for the 1978 scientific study of the Shroud.  Taking pictures of the displays will be permitted.

With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, we will examine the most intriguing and amazing characteristics of the Shroud of Turin, many of which can be discerned and appreciated more fully in our time because of the advances in science and technology.

We will address these important questions:

  • What have we learned from science about the authenticity of the cloth?
  • Is it possible to deduce where it has been during its long history?
  • Is there a connection between church practices (liturgy, iconography) with the Shroud of Turin?
  • Are there any other religious artifacts that shed light on the Shroud of Turin?
  • If it is the actual cloth that wrapped the crucified, dead body of Jesus of Nazareth, what are the implications for our faith?

Our presenter, Ed Hecker, taught with the Edmonton Catholic School District for 30 years.  He has done research on the Shroud for many of those years.  His presentation began as a PowerPoint which he created to share the marvels of the cloth with his students.  He is currently semi-retired and lives in Edmonton.  He has a Bachelor of Theology with a major in Scripture which he earned at Newman Theological College and a Bachelor of Education from the U of A.

For further information or to book a presentation for your group or church, please contact Ed Hecker at 780 483 4707 or e_hecker [at] telus [dot] net or St. Josaphat’s rectory at 780 422 3181.

Source: Edmonton Eparchy