COLORADO SPRINGS. The American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud (ACHS), which Bishop Michael Sheridan approved to be part of the Diocese of Colorado Springs in 2014, will begin conducting formal activities during Lent. A monthly lecture series will start March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Four-Plex space at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish.
The ministry of ACHS is to reflect and evangelize our Catholic Christian faith using insights from the Shroud of Turin which, if authentic, would have been present to the early Church and therefore likely a profound archaeological witness to events associated with the Triduum (i.e. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday).
Beginning with a general lecture on the Shroud on March 28, ACHS will host Dr. and Mrs. John and Rebecca Jackson, who are president and vice president of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado (TSC), and also their 30-year research colleague, Dr. Keith Propp. All three will be involved in delivering various aspects of the monthly specialized lectures on the Shroud of Turin. The Jacksons are graduates of the Catholic Biblical School and Catholic Catechetical School of the Archdiocese of Denver. They also belong to the order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.
Dr. John Jackson was the president and leader of the research organization known as the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), a team of approximately 30 scientists who were given permission to study the Shroud of Turin for five days round-the-clock in October 1978.
By design, ACHS is a Catholic organization whose membership is open to Catholics, non-Catholic Christians, and even non-Christians. The primary characteristic of ACHS is respect for each member’s faith walk while exploring together, in a confraternal way, what perspectives the Shroud of Turin might offer for one’s faith contemplation.
The lecture series offers anyone interested in joining ACHS to apply as a candidate for possible full membership in ACHS. Attending all lectures satisfies the candidate requirement for membership. No recording will be allowed, but the seminars will be video-recorded. Make-up opportunities will be available for anyone who can not attend a given lecture.
All lectures will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will last between 1½ - 2 hours plus a short break. The schedule of lectures is as follows (all are on Thursday evenings):
• Lecture 1: Introductory overview of the Shroud and ACHS — March 28.
• Lecture 2: STURP expedition history and science — April 25.
• Lecture 3: Shroud 2000- year history with available documentations — May 30.
• Lecture 4: Image formation and radiocarbon dating — June 20.
• Lecture 5: Jewish background for understanding the Shroud — July 18.
• Lecture 6: Shroud and Holy Thursday — Aug. 29.
• Lecture 7: Shroud and Good Friday/Easter Sunday — Sept. 26.
For more information, call 719-599-5755.
Because of space limitations, it is necessary that all attendees register by sending a brief email, stating intent and the name of the person planning to attend the lecture series, to email@example.com. There is no cost to attend the lecture series.
(Dr. John Jackson is President of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado.)