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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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Nov 19, 2017

On this edition of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Holy Gospel for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," learn about the work of the Junior Board of St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware and their upcoming "Lights of Love" campaign.

Nov 12, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Testify!" CD, we welcome the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala, Most Reverend Carlos Enrique Trinidad Garcia.  Since 2003, the Diocese of Wilmington has had a Solidarity Partnership with the Diocese of San Marcos. Bishop Trinidad talks about his Diocese, it's challenges, and how the Partnership is helping promote a spirit of brotherhood between the two dioceses. Father Carlos Ochoa, Associate Pastor of St. John the Baptist/Holy Angels Parish in Newark, Delaware, and newly appointed Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Wilmington assists with providing translation for Bishop Trinidad, and Catholic Forum host, Bob Krebs. This is a good episode for Spanish-speaking listeners, since the interview is presented in both English and Spanish. 

Nov 5, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "More Than 50 Of The Most Loved Hymns," hear Monsignor Steven Hurley's homily recorded at the Diocese of Wilmington's Annual Blue Mass. The Blue Mass honors police, fire, emergency medical, and military personnel and their families. Msgr. Hurley, the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese, and Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Wilmington, Delaware, was a police officer in Maryland before beginning his studies for the priesthood.

Oct 29, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Gospel for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we learn about the Little Sisters of the Poor and their work in the Diocese of Wilmington. Sister Rose Marie, LSP, is the chief fundraiser for the Jeanne Jugan Home in Newark, Delaware. She is joined by Ms. Debbie Strengari, the Development Director. The Little Sisters of the Poor have been helping the added poor of the area for over 100 years.

Oct 22, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time, and a beautiful song from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will hear highlights from the September 30, 2017 Mass at the Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. After a warm welcome by Msgr. Walter Rossi, Rector of the Basilica, we will hear Bishop W. Francis Malooly's homily.

Oct 15, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Holy Gospel for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, author Susie Lloyd is interviewed. A frequent guest on Catholic Forum, Susie discusses her latest book, “Yes, God: What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today's Vocation Stories.”   By profiling ten men and women on their journeys to the priesthood and the convent, Susie discovered lessons that can be used by any parents who want to raise faithful children.

Oct 8, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and music from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," hear an interview with Alice Reis Israel of Lewes, Delaware. On October 13, 1917, Alice's father, Dominic Reis, was in Fatima, Portugal and was an eye-witness to the "Miracle of the Sun." Alice recounts this event, in her father's own words, and tells of the impact that this had on her father and his family.

Oct 1, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," Dr. Lou De Angelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will talk about the schools that have been serving Catholic families in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore for many years. Our schools are a blessing to our faith community. 

 

Sep 24, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, a great song from Beth Nielson Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will talk with Father Brian Lewis, Associate Pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish in Wilmington, and Coordinator of the annual Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage. This year, pilgrims will travel to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. 

Sep 17, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the proclamation of the Holy Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we will learn about the Share in the Spirit campaign, when Deb Fold, Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is interviewed. Share in the Spirit helps families be able to provide a Catholic school education to their children. 

Sep 10, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, and music from Beth Neilsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will present highlights from the August 19, 2017 Permenant Diaconate Ordination, including Bishop Malooly's homily. 

Sep 3, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Gospel for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, hear an interview with Mr. Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League and learn about the September 9th National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children being held around the country and at Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware

Aug 27, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," Ms. Mary Gispert will discuss the efforts of the people of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Wilmington, Delaware to help the people of Gulu, a city in Northern Uganda.  The Delaware Catholic community has built a preschool, a "piggery," and have plans to build a primary school for this African community that has been plagued by civil war, genocide, and poverty. Mary also tells us about the upcoming "Give It Up For Gulu" 5K fundraiser.

Aug 20, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after the Gospel for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from Paul Tate's "Let All Creation Sing" CD, hear an interview with Ms. Marilyn Henry, US Chapter Coordinator for the Catholic Grandparents Association. Learn about the importance of grandparents in the spiritual lives of their grandchildren, the work of the Association, and their upcoming conference in Philadelphia. 

Aug 13, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 19 Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "50 Most Popular Hymns," Father John Solomon, Associate Pastor of Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware, will discuss the upcoming Diocese of Wilmington 150th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Rome, Annecy, and Assisi. The pilgrimage will take place in April 2018. 

Aug 6, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Feast of the Transfiguration, and a song from David Haas' "Echo of Faith" CD, Father John Bartunek, LC, will discuss the latest in his series of seasonal meditation books. 

Jul 30, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection; hear an interview with writer, Susie Lloyd. Susie is a Catholic mom, blogger, humorist, and author of "Please Don't Drink the Holy Water," and "Bless Me Father, For I Have Kids." 

Jul 23, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction,the Sunday Gospel, and a musical selection, Kelly Nieto will be the guest. Kelly is a speaker, humorist, former Miss America runner up, and the creator of "The Cross and the Light" a Broadway style musical that tells the story of Christ from his Passion to Pentecost. 

Jul 16, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Holy Gospel for Sunday, July 16, 2017, and a musical selection from Beth Neilson Chapman's "Hymns" CD, Msgr. George Brubaker will be the guest. He is the Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Castle, Delaware. He will discuss the apparitions of Our Lady who appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal one hundred years ago this year.

Jul 9, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and an oldie but a goody from the Saint Louis Jesuits, Kevin Lawry, author of the book, "How God Dragged Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church" and founder of www.gratefulconvert.com will be interviewed.  

Jul 2, 2017

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the Priests' CD, "Now Sings My Soul," Monsignor Walter Rossi, Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. will be the guest. What is it like to be in charge of the largest Catholic church in North America? Msgr. Rossi will tell us about it on this episode. 

Jun 25, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection, hear an interview with Father Lance Martin. Ordained in May 2016, Father Martin serves as the Associate Pastor of Saint John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, Delaware. In this interview, he talks about his conversion to Catholicism, his service in the military, and looks back at his first year as a priest. 

Jun 18, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Steve Bollman will be interviewed. Steve is the founder of Paradisus Dei and the developer of the TMIY: That Man Is You program for development of authentic male leadership.

Jun 11, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for Trinity Sunday, hear an interview with Trent Horn, author, speaker and apologist. Trent, who is the author of the new book, "Why We Are Catholic," and others will give tips on how we can defend our faith in a kind, compassionate, and persuasive manner. 

Jun 4, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Testify" CD, we present highlights from the May 20, 2017 Priesthood ordination of Fr. Richard J. Jasper, including Bishop Malooly's homily, recorded at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington.

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