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Thousands believe mysterious shadow is face of Jesus

Ursuline Academy shrine face of Jesus -- WWL TV
Ursuline Academy shrine face of Jesus -- WWL TV
Ursuline Academy shrine face of Jesus

A silhouette resembling Jesus exist in the chapel at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and brings many spectators each year. Thousands flock to view the shadow and believe it truly is the face of Jesus, Christ.

“I think this is just so extraordinary, you know?" said one parishioner. "You can see the crown of thorns of Jesus. You can see His face.”

The shadow was first noticed by a student two years ago. Erin Calderera, was having what she describes as the worst day of her life and was lashing out at God. .

“I was thinking, um, you don't really love me, you don't care about me, you're not real and you know, this is all fake,” she said, “and I was, like, you should just prove it if you were and if you did care about me. And he did, for sure.”

She said when she lifted her head she noticed the shadow.

“I was like, ‘What in the world is that?’ And I ran up to the altar, like literally ran up to it because I had never seen it before, and then when I saw it I was like, ‘Whoa, what is this?’”

Not sure what she was seeing, she ran to get the secretary wondering if she could see it too. It was not long after more than 1500 people on Good Friday alone we're viewing what she calls a blessing.

The archbishop said it's not an apparition, but he said "sometimes God can use a simple thing like a shadow to bring hope.”

The shrine can be viewed during Mass on weekends and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Calderera is now a senior and headed to college to become a campus minister.

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