Shroud Encounter unveiled at St. John the Baptist church _lowres

Photo provided by Dot Dickinson -- Russ Breault, founder of The Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc., will present the Shroud Encounter at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary on Feb. 27.

Russ Breault, founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, will take attendees of the Shroud Encounter on a journey through early church history, ancient art, modern science and medical forensics to demystify the Shroud of Turin, one of the most analyzed artifacts in the world, at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4727 McHugh Drive, Zachary.

Breault, an international lecturer and researcher, has presented to hundreds of audiences over the past 25 years.

The Shroud of Turin, a 14-foot linen cloth that has been in Turin, Italy, for over 400 years, bears the faint front and back image of a 5-foot, 10-inch bearded man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account recorded in the Bible.

Millions of people over the centuries have believed it to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus, Breault said.

A life-size replica of the shroud will be on display during the presentation, described by shroudencounter.com as a big-screen experience and in-depth exploration into the mysteries of the Shroud of Turin.

Breault has been featured in several documentaries, appearing on CBS and the Discovery and History channels and has been interviewed on “Good Morning America.” He has discussed the latest research on the shroud and presented at numerous colleges and universities.

The historical trail of the Shroud of Turin traces back through Italy, France, Asia Minor (Turkey) and may have originated in the Middle East, according to botanical evidence.

For information, email Dot Dickinson at dotdickinson @yahoo.com or call (225) 405-6892.