This has changed over the past few decades because of the dramatic advances in digital imaging technologies and computer power. One of the best examples of this was the computer artistry of Ray Downing, whose digital re-creation of Jesus based on the Shroud was documented in "The Real Face of Jesus" program that appeared on the History Channel.
In the past few years, digital artists around the world have been able to render their own interpretations of how Jesus may have appeared based on the Shroud and these show up from time to time on the internet.
However, throughout all those years, not one artist has attempted to create an interpretation of what Mary, Mother of Jesus looked like based on the Shroud image.
Until now, that is. In July of my good friends Bill and Belenna Lauto directed me to the website of digital artist Dean Packwood in Taupo, New Zealand and shared his beautiful, photorealistic rendition of Mary, Mother of Jesus with me.
Dean chose the Shroud of Turin image as the structural basis for his truly beautiful, completely digital artwork and I wanted to share it with you. So I sent Dean a request for permission to include his painting here on our website and he graciously agreed to share it with us.
What is most exciting to watch is the time-lapse video 3: Posted January 21, 1,, Visits in ! Click to see details was a banner year for Shroud. Of course, when the Shroud is on public display it garners considerable media attention, which drives lots of extra traffic to our site. In we averaged more than visitors per day or around , visitors per month. Our visitors generated over 21 million hits, viewed nearly 13 million files and 3. You can see the details for yourself by clicking on the above graphic.
We thank you, our loyal viewers, for your continued participation and support! Posted January 21, Speaking to grades in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - April 25, Click for larger view I am again including my upcoming lecture schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. Also, please understand that as of this writing, the schedule is by no means complete. There are still several additonal lectures being considered so the schedule will inevitably grow.
Also, many of the times and venues are still not finalized and subject to change. I will do my best to update them prior to the events. Dave Heney, has expanded to include seminars in both Ventura County, where the series originated, and now in the Whittier area as well.
The series connects faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture and prayer. The season runs from February 15 to March 23 at thirteen different parishes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and three parishes in the Whittier area.
I will make my first presentation on Wednesday, February 21st at 7: I make my second presentation on Thursday, February 22nd at 7: If you wish to learn more you can visit the University Series Website where you can review each topic and sign up for the sessions. March 4 - 5, - I will be lecturing at St.
I will make an evening presentation at the Church on Sunday, March 4th, and this is the only event which will be open to the public.
On Monday, March 5th I will be making two presentations to the students at St. Joseph's School in Martinsburg, WV.
March 16 - 18, - I will be presenting at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans' Middle School. On Saturday, March 17th I will give a presentation at the Cathedral from 9: On Sunday, March 18th from 9: If you are interested in attending the Saturday event, visit the Special Page they have created on the Cathedral's website for details.
If you decide to attend, you can easily access their Secure Registration Form and safely purchase tickets for the event online. Shreveport researchers examine ancient Shroud of Turin. The 4 minute video includes news of my presentations and a view of one of our lifesize replicas on display in the Cathedral.
On Friday, April 6th I will make one presentation at 7: On Saturday, April 7th I will lecture at 1: On Monday, April 9th I will give two student lectures at On Tuesday, April 10th I will give two student lectures and an evening adult lecture same times as April 9th.
If you are in the Calgary area, come by, see the exhibit and say "hello! This year the course has been expanded to 24 lectures: My dear friend Fr. Registration will be limited to just 50 students and is now open.
You can visit the Science and Faith Institute website for more information or to register for the new Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies. Dalton made describing the new program. The enrollment deadline has now been extended to March 24th.
I will post more information as soon as it becomes available. Posted January 21, Updated March 28, Last Minute Items As I mentioned elsewhere in this update, we suffered a complete computer crash on January 12th and I have been struggling to complete this update on an eight year old laptop.
Fortunately, I was completely backed up prior to the crash so we didn't lose any data. However, until the main computer is up and running again, I do not have access to the backed up files and that limited what I could include in this update. Of course, we will include those items in our next regular update. In the last 24 hours before the update went online, I received several important items that I felt shoud be included so I am listing them here. Papers from the Pasco, Washington Shroud Conference Bob Rucker, organizer of the event, reports that many of the conference papers are now available through his website at this link: Of course, those papers will also be linked from our Pasco Conference page in a future update.
That item was a master film-to-tape transfer on one inch videotape an obsolete professional format of David Rolfe's "Silent Witness" film that had been authorized by the film's American distributor, Independent International Films, on October 27, They provided us with two pdf files and I am including them here in case you are interested: Posted January 21, Our Next Update I don't have an exact date for the next update, but I do know it will occur sometime in the Spring.
Due to our recent unfortunate computer crash, there is a large backlog of material I couldn't include today, so you can expect to see it next time. My travel and lecture schedule through the Lenten season is rather extensive this year, but I will get to the next update as soon as time permits. I do know for sure that it will include more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, the latest papers, books, articles and videos and of course, any breaking Shroud news.
Facebook page from time to time, since we now try and update it every week or so to keep you informed between our regular quarterly website updates. You can also join our Website Mailing List and receive an e-mail whenever the site is updated 3 or 4 times per year or any important Shroud news breaks.
We hope you find this update interesting and useful and look forward to seeing you in the Spring! Thank you all again for being there! It is deeply appreciated. Posted January 21,