Shroud Exhibit in Rochelle Until Feb. 14
By Louise Brass, Observer Correspondent
February 8, 2018
ROCHELLE—Of the many images and depictions of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, perhaps the Shroud of Turin is the most studied, memorable, and detailed image of all.
 
Numerous panels depicting the crucified Man of The Shroud, will be on display through Feb. 14 at St. Patrick Parish Center, 244 Kelley Dr., in Rochelle. 
 
The shroud replica (a full-length photographic image made by Eastman Kodak Company), is exhibited inside the church.
 
Father Ruben Herrera, parochial administrator, said having the exhibit at the church is drawing many more people than usual to visit, even many non-Catholics. 
 
“This is a replica, but many scientific studies have been done of the (actual) Shroud. It is so historic and shows what really happened,” he said.
 
“We chose to place the shroud replica in the church so people can pray beside it,” said Leslie Ilkow, parish liturgist. 
 
Bringing “The Man of the Shroud Exhibit” here was supported by parishioner Kaycee Chadwick, and the Knights of Columbus, Ilkow said.
 
Viewing is free and open to the public during regular office hours Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free video presentation on the Holy Shroud — it has been studied by scientists for more the 25 years — will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11.
 
After Rochelle, the much lauded “The Man of the Shroud Exhibit,” normally housed at the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, with the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown, in Libertyville, will proceed to sites out-of-state, returning to Marytown on March 26 through April 2.
 
The exhibit will return to the diocese April 3-5 at St. Peter Parish in Aurora.