Experts Gather for 40th Anniversary of Shroud of Turin Research Project
Original STURP Team Members Jackson and Schwortz to Attend
Shreveport, LA - September 6, 2018 - The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans will host a special three-day speaker event in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) conducted in 1978 in Turin, Italy. Original members of the STURP team will join other Shroud experts to share their experiences and give valuable insight into the purported burial cloth of Jesus.
In 1978, a team of scientists were granted unprecedented access to the Shroud of Turin. Over the course of five days, the team of scientists and photographers worked non-stop, using various techniques, including infrared spectrometry and thermography, as well as sticky tape samples to analyze the cloth. This was the only research of its kind ever conducted on the Shroud of Turin. The research results were published in peer reviewed scientific journal articles over the course of four years following the team’s work.
Two members of the original STURP team, Dr. John Jackson and Barrie Schwortz, will be in Shreveport as part of the 40th anniversary of this project. Together with Shroud experts, Russ Breault, Rebecca Jackson, Fr. Peter Magnum and Dr. Cheryl White, they will give presentations and join together on a panel, sharing their experience and insight on the Shroud of Turin.
Russ Breault has been researching and lecturing on the Shroud of Turin for over 30 years. He has participated in over a dozen international research symposiums since 1981 and three public exhibitions in Turin, Italy in 1998, 2000 and 2010. He is a long-time member of the Shroud Science Group, an international consortium of scientists and scholars dedicated to further research. He has appeared in several nationally televised documentaries including Mysteries of the Ancient World on CBS. Most recently, he appeared in the highly acclaimed, Uncovering the Face of Jesus —A two-hour documentary on The History Channel.
Dr. John Jackson, a physicist, led the 40-person STURP team. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Santa Fe. He has held faculty professor positions at both the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He was a scientist at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a senior scientist at Kaman Sciences as well as a part-time honorarium professor at the University of Colorado. Together, he and his wife Rebecca Jackson, run the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado.
Rebecca Jackson is a longtime convert to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism. She runs the The Shroud Center Exhibit Presentation Center and also conducts her own research into the First Century Jewish aspects of the Shroud.
Fr. Peter B. Mangum attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he received degrees in theology and canon law. Ordained for service as a priest in the Diocese of Shreveport in 1990, Fr. Mangum is currently rector of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans and chaplain to two schools (Pre-K3-12). He is also the Diocesan Administrator and the Judicial Vicar. He is a member of numerous ecclesial organizations, including the American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud. In April of this year, he was granted access to the Vatican Secret Archives for further research related to the Shroud, which is the basis of a forthcoming academic paper. Fr. Mangum is curator of the new Shroud Exhibit located at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.
Cheryl H. White, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at Louisiana State University at Shreveport, and a member of the American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud. Dr. White has studied the Shroud of Turin the entirety of her academic career, with a special interest in the Shroud's so-called "Missing Years," of 1204-1355, including recent research in the Vatican Secret Archives. She is a frequently requested speaker on Shroud-related topics, and co-hosts an international podcast with Fr. Peter Mangum entitled, "Who is the Man of the Shroud?"
The three day event will take place from Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 13. On Thursday evening, Russ Breault will present “CSI Jerusalem.” His highly acclaimed presentation makes use of over 200 superb images and unfolds like a CSI investigation. This free presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m.
On Friday, October 12, there will be a ticketed dinner and panel discussion with all six Shroud of Turin experts - the first of its kind. Tickets for this event are $50 may be purchased from sjbcathedral.org.
Dr. John and Rebecca Jackson will present on the Shroud of Turin Research Project Saturday, October 13, at 9:00 a.m. Following this free presentation, visitors will be able to peruse the Shroud of Turin exhibit at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.