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Each Sunday, Catholic Forum brings you a brief reflection, the proclamation of the Sunday Gospel by a Deacon or Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, a musical selection and an interview of about 15 minutes in length. Catholic Forum is the longest-running Catholic talk show on radio, having begun in 1939 on WDEL in Wilmington, Delaware. Catholic Forum is a production of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
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Feb 19, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the proclamation of the Holy Gospel for Sunday, February 19, 2017, we will hear an interview with writer, journalist, and speaker, Deacon Henry Liberstat. Henry, a Deacon for the Diocese of Orlando, discusses his book, "Catholic and Confident: Simple Steps to Share Your Faith. 

Feb 12, 2017

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, February 12, 2017 proclaimed by Deacon Mark Fontana, and a song from John Angotti's "Testify!" CD, we will talk with Father Emerson Rodriguez, Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Wilmington. Father will talk about his vocation, his work with Spanish-speaking Catholics in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and the upcoming V Enquentro. 

Feb 5, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, February 5, 2017, and a musical selection, we will talk with Paula D'Arcy, the bestselling author of "Song for Sarah."  In her latest book, "Stars at Night," Paula tells readers about the crushing loss of her husband and young daughter, and how she was able to find the light within her during the darkest of times.

Jan 29, 2017

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and a song from David Haas' "Blest are They' CD, we will celebrate the beginning of Catholic Schools Week when we are joined by two parents who elected to send their children to Catholic schools, Ms. Beth Higley Stella, and Mr. Steward Lee. We will also hear from Dr. Lou DeAngelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Jan 22, 2017

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Sunday Gospel, and a song from Marty Haugen's CD, "All Are Welcome," we will meet speaker, author, and stand-up comedian, Katie McKenna. Yes, she was actually run over by a truck. Her new book tells the amazing and inspirational story of that awful day and how her faith helped to get her through it and the many months of painful rehab that followed. 

Jan 15, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Sunday Gospel by Deacon Mark Fontana of Saint John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and a musical selection from the CD "Catholic Treasures," we will learn about the work of the Diocesan Building Committee, when Mr. Romy Aquino, the committee's Chairman, will be interviewed. 

Jan 8, 2017

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Holy Gospel for the Feast of the Epiphany, hear an interview with Ministry of Caring's Sister Christa Rowe, OSC, and Ms. Jennifer Callahan, chairperson of the Mardi Gras committee.  Joseph House II gives a home to the homeless who have HIV/AIDS.

Jan 1, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God, proclaimed by Deacon Mark Fontana from Saint John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and music from John Angotti's CD, "Welcome Home for Christmas," we will talk with author, radio and television personality, and motivational speaker, Terese Tomeo. Her new book it titled, "Me, My Selfie, and I: Finding real Happiness in a Self-absorbed World." 

Dec 25, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS! On this episode of Catholic Forum, we present our annual Christmas Special. After a brief introduction and the Gospel for Christmas Day, we will hear Bishop W. Francis Malooly's annual Christmas message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington. We will also hear some beautiful Christmas hymns performed by the Saint Thomas More Concert Choir, under the direction of Ms. Lorraine Steinhoff, and the Saint Thomas More Liturgical Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Ashley Solecki. St. Thomas More Academy is a Diocesan High School located in Magnolia, Delaware. For information, visit www.saintmore.org If you would like to see photos of the choirs, you can visit Catholic Forum's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CatholicForum

Dec 18, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent by Deacon Bob Cousar of St. Joseph Church in Wilmington, and a musical selection from the CD, "Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns and Carols" by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, hear an interview with Catherine Odell, co-author of the book, "Angels of the Lord: 365 Reflections on Our Heavenly Guardians." 

Dec 11, 2016

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent proclaimed by Deacon Bob Cousar from St. Joseph Parish in Wilmington, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Please Come Home for Christmas" CD, learn about the work of Serviam Girls Academy in New Castle, Delaware when school President, Peggy Prevoznik Heins is the guest. Also, hear an Advent reflection from Father James Nash, Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Easton, Maryland. 

Dec 4, 2016

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, meet the Editorial Director of Servant Publishing, Heidi Saxton, and learn about her new book, "Advent With Saint Teresa of Calcutta."

Nov 27, 2016

On this, the First Sunday of Advent edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the proclamation of the Gospel by Deacon Bob Cousar, meet GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, conductor, and composer, J.J. Wright, and hear samples from his new CD, "O Emmanuel." Combining traditional sacred music with improvisational jazz, "O Emmanuel" feature the talents of the Notre Dame Children's Choir, and Fifth House Ensemble.  

Nov 20, 2016

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for November 20, 2016 Solemnity of Christ the King, and music from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," hear an interview with Mary Ellen Russell, Executive Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. The MCC representatives the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington to the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. 

Nov 13, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for November 13, 2016, and a song from John Michael Talbot's "The Early Years" CD, we will talk with author Ruth Mazzarella about her book, "Drenched in Grace: One Woman's Story of Faith, Hope, Love and Cancer."

Nov 6, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, November 6, 2016, a musical selection from John Angotti's CD, "Testify;" meet Jamey Sturgill, Youth Minister at St. Ann Parish in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Jamey will share with the story of his journey from being a Baptist missionary in South Korea to Catholicism, discuss his work in youth ministry, and talk about the Theology on Tap Eastern Shore program where young adults meet in a pub to discuss God and religion. Also, Michele Harris, Pastoral Associate at St. Francis DeSales parish in Salisbury, Maryland will share a refection. 

Oct 30, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after the Sunday Gospel for October 30, 2016 and a musical selection from the CD' "Catholic Treasures," Mr. Mark Christian, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Wilmington will discuss the diocesan and parish cemeteries of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, cremation, pre-planning, All Souls' Day, and more.

Oct 23, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for Sunday, October 23, 2016, hear highlights from an address to Catholic educators by the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown. Bishop Barres, who was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Wilmington in 1989, was named Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. He was back in the Diocese of Wilmington in August 2016 to give a keynote address to teachers and administrators of the Catholic schools of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. You can view highlights of Bishop Barres' address on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5WdxYSNrtg&feature=youtu.be

Oct 16, 2016

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Sunday Gospel for October 16, 2016, learn about the work of the Glenmary Home Missioners, when the community's President, Father Chet Artysiewicz is interviewed. How did a young man, born and raised in the Polish neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, become a missionary to under served areas of the United States? How did the Glenmary Home Missioners get started and what are they all about? Find out on this episode of Catholic Forum. 

Oct 9, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, October 9, 2016, and a musical selection from the CD "Catholic Treasures;" the President and CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will discuss  the work of this terrific organization and the future of Catholic education in the U.S.

Oct 2, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, October 2, 2016, and a short segment of a song from Fr. Stan Fortuna, hear an interview with Ms. Brenda Burns and Mr. Vincent Robinson. The Knights of Peter Claver at St. Joseph Church in Wilmington are celebrating their tenth anniversary. Learn about this great organization and their wonderful work.

Sep 25, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a short introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, September 25, 2016, and a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria from Beth Neilsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, Fr. Brian Lewis, Associate Pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Delaware will discuss Marian Devotion and the Diocese of Wilmington's upcoming Marian Pilgrimage that is taking place on October 1, 2016. 

Sep 18, 2016

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Sunday Gospel,we celebrate Catechetical Sunday with Ms. Colleen Lindsay, Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Wilmington, and Ms. Cindy Krebs, Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Parish in Dover, Delaware. 

Sep 11, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, September 11, 2016, and a brief musical selection from John Michael Talbot's "The Early Years" CD; Mr. Joseph Zwilling, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York and General Manager of "The Catholic Channel" on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, will look back at the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Building on September 11, 2001 and how the local church responded. 

Sep 4, 2016

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for Sunday, September 4, 2016, and a musical selection from the CD "Let All Creation Sing," by Paul A. Tate; you will hear an interview with the Director of the Pro Life Office of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Fr. Paul Schenck. Father will be in Wilmington on September 17, 2016 to conduct a workshop, preach at a Mass, and give the keynote address at a dinner to benefit 40 Days for Life and Birthright of Delaware.

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