We give thanks for the remarkable gift of being able to display many of the finest items from the collection of The Museum of the Holy Shroud, which arrived at the Cathedral in February, 2019. This is one of the largest collections of Shroud artifacts and artworks known to exist in the world.
The collection includes some beautiful paintings, etchings, engravings, manuscripts, medals, coins, and books – and many sacred relics as well, including pieces of the Holy Shroud. Surely this rare collection is a gift which enables all of us in the broader community to contemplate the great mystery of Easter, and celebrate His Resurrection with a renewed fervor.
A Message From Our Curator
In May 2019, the Cathedral hosted a public grand opening event for the exhibition of the collection of The Museum of the Holy Shroud. This was timed to coincide with the Feast of the Holy Shroud on May 4, established in the sixteenth century by Pope Julius II. This collection of artworks, artifacts, books, and coins is on permanent loan from a private collector in Indiana, Richard Orareo, who spent five decades collecting objects related to this very special relic of Christianity. It is his wish that we have this collection so that it might be shared with others, and touch countless hearts and minds into the future. Among the medieval and Renaissance-era artworks, ancient coins and medals, and rare manuscripts, there are also original works by architects, artists, and engravers whose works are found only in the finest museums of the world.
Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of beginning to fulfill Mr. Orareo’s dream by welcoming diverse pilgrims and inquirers (and in large numbers!). We are thrilled at the success of this museum initiative, and how well it has been received by the community and beyond. Because we have so many items in the collection that have not yet been displayed, we are working to create some new exhibits. View our Collection videos, and look for details to come on Collection hours.
Cheryl H. White, Ph.D.
Curator, Shroud Collection