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, one of the largest collections of Shroud artifacts and artworks known to exist in the world.
Our 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
On May 4, 2019, the Cathedral hosted a public grand opening event for the exhibition of The Museum of the Holy Shroud. This was timed to coincide with the Feast of the Holy Shroud, established in the sixteenth century by Pope Julius II. This collection of artworks, artifacts, books, and coins arrived in Shreveport on February 2, 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.
From May 4 – July 31, we have had the pleasure of beginning to fulfill Mr. Orareo’s dream by welcoming diverse pilgrims and inquirers (and in large numbers!)- a Baptist youth group, Orthodox priests, two separate school groups from Lake Charles, Catholic women’s groups, a Presbyterian study group, a group of visiting physicians – and we’ve welcomed visitors from as far away as California and Arizona, India, and the Holy Land!
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. The museum will re-open with some additional featured items beginning on Sunday, November 3. This coincides nicely with the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo (November 4), the sixteenth century archbishop of Milan and reformer from the Council of Trent, for whom the Shroud was moved to its now permanent home at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin.
The opening times and new schedule will be published in the near future.
Curator, Museum of the Holy Shroud
Director of Adult Faith Formation
Janis Winchester, VP8 Demonstration Barrie Schwortz Shroud presentation
Visitors to the Museum of the Holy Shroud on Grand Opening Day