5. The White Lady of Worstead Church
No list of creepy church ghost sightings caught on camera would be complete without this famous photo of The White Lady of Worstead Church.
The photo was captured in 1975, by Peter Berthelot while visiting Worstead Church in Norfolk, England. The woman in the yellow dress is Peter’s wife, Diane and neither of the two noticed the ghostly figure sitting behind Diane until a friend pointed it out whilst thumbing through the photos some months later.
The following year the couple returned to Worstead Church where they showed the photo to Reverend Pettit, the church vicar. The Reverend immediately recognized the apparition as The White Lady. He explained to the couple that she was a kind, healing soul and that she was a resident of the church who had been seen in the area for more than 100 years.
After hearing the reverend’s explanation, Diane remembered the prayer she had said during their visit one year earlier. She had been unwell and had prayed for better health. Remarkably, her ailment eased up shortly after her visit to the church.
4. The Mysterious Monk Photograph
There are several stories regarding the origin of this photo. Some claim that the ghostly figure is a monk and it was taken in the Museum of the Holy Church in Palermo, Italy. Others agree the figure is indeed a monk but do not elaborate on when or where the photo was actually taken.
One story claims that the photo was not taken in a church at all but rather a haunted house in Somerset, England. The story goes that an acquaintance of the famous ghost hunter Elliott O’Donnell, Mr A. S. Palmer took this photo while staying in the house. He sent the image to O’Donnell along with a letter claiming that at around 2:45 am he saw a mysterious light appear in one of the rooms. He took a photo of the light and when he had it developed this ghostly image of a monk could clearly be seen.
Intrigued, O’Donnell returned to the house with Palmer. At 2:45 am both men saw a light appear to one side of the room that they were staying in. O’Donnell stood up and asked if there was a spirit present, could it give the men a sign? There was nothing but silence and a short time later the light vanished.
Unconvinced with what he had witnessed, O’Donnell returned to the house several more times. Each time he returned with new companions and while O’Donnell himself never saw anything out of the ordinary many of the other men did. They claimed to have seen mysterious lights and one even said that he saw a “dreadful figure” appear in another room.
While the origins of the photo are cloudy, every version of the story seems to agree on one thing – the ghostly figure is a monk. Many believe that the image is undeniable proof of the existence of ghosts. However, others are more skeptical, claiming that the photo could have easily been hoaxed using double exposure.
Until more information surfaces, it is up to the viewer to decide if this photo is in fact, real or fake.
3. Ghost of Parish Priest Photographed in Wales
This photo was taken in 2007, in a church in the village of Pennal in Gwynedd, Wales. It was captured by a woman from the UK named Stella who, while it is not stated in the picture’s description, presumably took a photo of her son.
At first it seems as though she hasn’t captured anything unusual until you zoom in on the right side of the altar. There, in front of the pews is what many believe to be the ghost of a priest.
The robed apparition appears to have its hands clasped in prayer and while it is clearly visible, it has a hazy, almost mist-like quality.
What do you think? Could the mysterious figure actually be the ghost of a former parish priest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
2. The Specter of Newby Church
This image, captured by Reverend K. F. Lord in 1963, is perhaps the most well known example of a church ghost photograph. It was taken in Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England and appears to show an ominous, 9 foot tall hooded specter standing to one side of the altar.
Over the years, many people have tried to identify the figure. A popular theory suggests that it could be the ghost of a 16th century monk who is wearing a white shroud to cover some form of disfigurement, possibly caused by leprosy.
Several photographic experts have even studied the photo, concluding that the figure is not a result of double exposure. The way the figure’s black cloak drapes perfectly over the altar stairs also lends weight to the authenticity of the image.
The Reverend always maintained that he never saw anything out of the ordinary when he took the photo, only noticing the ghostly specter after the film was developed.
1. Ghost of Priest Caught on Camera
This image was posted online by a man named Joel. He claims that the photo was taken by a friend of his while attending the funeral of Father William Gulas of the St. Stanislaus Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Father Gulas was said to have been murdered in his office after which, the murderer set fire to the building.
The casket of the priest is under the misty haze as it is being lead towards the altar. There are long trails of light streaming off the casket and there also appears to be a dark shadow trailing behind the lighter mist. This bizarre sight was apparently only captured in this photo and not seen at the funeral as there would be more accounts of the incident documented online.
Once again, the camera has captured something that the human eye simply cannot see. But is the strange light really the ghost of Father Gulas? Let us know what you think this photo shows.