Janice Bennett

PRESENTATIONS

Saint Laurence and the Holy Grail
The Holy Chalice of Valencia has been venerated in the Cathedral since the fifteenth century. The talk explores the historical, archaeological, and cultural foundations in support of the authenticity of this relic as the long-sought Holy Grail of Christianity. It discusses the Roman Canon of the Mass and ancient liturgical customs of the Catholic Church, the roles played by Sixtus II and Saint Laurence in sending the relic to Spain, the documentary evidence, the unlikely authenticity of other alleged grails, and the history of the Holy Chalice in Spain.

The Sudarium of Oviedo
A bloodstained linen cloth has been venerated in the Cathedral of Oviedo, Spain, since the seventh century as the Sudarium of the Lord, the cloth mentioned in John 20:6-7. The relic has been studied by scientists, theologians, and historians since 1988 to determine if it is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus and to find possible connections with the Shroud of Turin. The talk examines the biblical, cultural, scientific and historical claims for authenticity. It also presents the comparative studies done to date, based on the results published during the two Congresses on the Sudarium, held in 1994 and 2007 in Oviedo, Spain.

The Camino of Saint James: Traditions, Miracles and Legends of the Pilgrimage to Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, the city in northwestern Spain whose cathedral is believed to be the final resting place of the Apostle Saint James, has inspired millions of pilgrims to trek across Europe since the Middle Ages. The history of the Camino of Saint James is rich in tradition, with thousands of miracle stories and legends that reaffirm Christianity and speak of God’s love and mercy, beginning with the Santiago tradition and the story of the Virgin and the Pillar of Saragossa.  Miracles of the Reconquest, such as those that occurred at the Battles of Covadonga and Clavijo, the miraculous Christ of Burgos and the Eucharistic miracle of O’Cebreiro, prodigious statues of the Virgin Mary, and the wonders associated with saints like San Millán de la Cogolla, San Lesmes, and Santo Domingo de la Calzada restore the sense of wonder and mystery to  a Christianity that today often demands proof as a prerequisite for faith.Type your paragraph here.

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TELEVISION AND RADIO

The Miracle Channel, In Sight, Lethbridge, Canada. March 25, 2002. “The Sudarium of Oviedo.” 

Relevant Radio. The Drew Mariani Show. October 8 and 28, 2004. “Researching the Holy Grail.” 

USCCB national radio show “Catholic Bookmark.” December 7, 2004. Host Frank Morock. “St. Laurence and the Holy Grail.”

Relevant Radio. Morning Air with host Sean Herriot and Sally Robb. “Where is the Holy Grail?” December 9, 2004, 8:00 a.m. Live.

WDEO Catholic Connection, February 17, 2005, Teresa Tomeo, “Sudarium of Oviedo.” Live.

USCCB Catholic Bookmark, Frank Morock, February 18, 2005, Sudarium of Oviedo.

WDEO Ave Maria Radio, Kresta in the Afternoon, February 22, 2005, The Chalice of Valencia.

KDKA Pittsburgh, Amplify with Fr. Ron Lengwin, March 27, 2005, two hour interview on the Sudarium of Oviedo. Live with call ins.

WTMR “In His Sign,” May 3, 2005, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Sacred Blood, Sacred Image. Host Dominic Lettieri, Producer Harry Cosgrove.

KVSS Catholic Radio, Omaha. Producer Kristy McGregor. St. Laurence and the Holy Grail, August 9, 2005.

EWTN, The World Over with Raymond Arroyo. The Sudarium of Oviedo and the Holy Chalice of Valencia. August 11, 2005.

KVSS Catholic Radio, Omaha. Producer Kristy McGregor. Sacred Blood, Sacred Image, September 20, 2005.The History Channel. “Decoding the Past: Relics of the Passion.” December 19, 2005.

Discovery/Travel Channel. Passport to Europe: Valencia, with Samantha Brown. Filmed at the Cathedral of Valencia, April 20, 2006.

Documentary on the Holy Chalice of Valencia, Bopi Productions, Valencia, June 2008.

National Geographic Channel. Ancient X-Files: The Holy Grail. Premiered September 27, 2010. Filmed at San Juan de la Peña, Montserrat and Valencia, Spain.

The History Channel, Myth Hunters series. The Chalice of Valencia. June 2014.

Relevant Radio, The Miracle Hunter. The Sudarium of Oviedo. April 23, 2016
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CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR SPEAKER

First  International Conference on the Holy Chalice of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, November 2008.

Vancouver Shroud Association, Vancouver, British Columbia. March 12-16, 2008.

Midwest Catholic Family Conference, Wichita, Kansas. August 3-5, 2007.

The Fifth Annual Shroud of Turin Conference, Stockton, California. March 19, 2005.

Legatus: Naples, Florida, March 2003; Des Moines, Iowa, February 8, 2007; San Diego, California, October 18, 2007.

Our Lady of Fatima, Lakewood, CO; Holy Ghost, Denver, CO; Saint Rose of Lima, Denver, CO; Notre Dame, Denver, CO; Saint Frances Cabrini, Littleton, CO; Saint Cajetan, Denver, CO; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Northglenn, CO; Saint Stephen Protomartyr, Glenwood Springs, CO; Midlothian Public Library, Midlothian, Illinois.Type your paragraph here.