Theology Day

Fr. Cyprian Weaver

The Shroud of Turin: What Can We Determine from Scientific Analysis?

  In-person Event | Presenter: Fr. Cyprian Weaver, OSB

Among the few artefacts in the world, the Shroud of Turin has stirred the imagination, sparked controversy, raised speculations, and strengthened the faith of some. For nearly four centuries, the Shroud has resided in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. Millions of Christians perhaps consider it to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. Controversy has surrounded the shroud from its initial discovery. The history and controversy will be discussed in this presentation along with the various interpretations of the image on the shroud including the evolving use of scientific methods to validate and or further challenge the legitimacy of the shroud and its proposed image of the crucified Christ.

Fr. Cyprian Weaver did his undergrad work at Saint John’s University and his MA in Systematic Theology at the School of Theology and Seminary. Then he received his Master’s (physical anthropology) and first Ph.D. in human biology at the University of Colorado. He received his MS in neuroscience and his second Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He taught at Saint John’s University (1967-1972; 1978-1990) and is currently working in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School (2007-present).

Dates & Times

  • Friday, January 20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, January 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • Friday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

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