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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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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.

Aug 28, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, we celebrate the canonization of Mother Terese of Calcutta. After a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for Sunday, August 28, 2016, and a musical selection from Marty Haugen's "All Are Welcome" CD, we will chat with author, speaker, and television host, Susan Conroy about her 30-year friendship with Mother Terese of Calcutta. Mother Terese will be canonized on September 4th by Pope Francis. 

Aug 21, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, August 21, 2016, and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures;" we will talk with Dr. Lou DeAngelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Wilmington. It's back to school time for students, parents, teachers and staff of the 36 Catholic schools in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Dr. Lou will give us tips to help prepare students to go back to school, plus give us an update on some of the terrific schools in the Diocese of Wilmington.

Aug 14, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Sunday Gospel by Deacon Hal Jopp, and a musical selection from Paul Tate's CD, "Let All Creation Sing," we will learn about the history of the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington, Delaware. Margaret Consiglio has been a member of the Cathedral parish since the 1960's. Michael Davidson has been the Director of Liturgical Music for the Cathedral since the 1980's. Together they tell the story of this lovely and historic church that has been a part of the City of Wilmington for 200 years. 

Aug 7, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we pay tribute to Ms. A. Dorothy Arthur, one of the founders of this program. Dorothy was a college student in 1939 she was a part of a group of lay people who decided to create a Catholic radio program on WDEL-AM in Wilmington, Delaware. Dorothy was also key in creating the Catholic Broadcasting Association, which was later named UNDA-USA, and now operates under the name Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. Dorothy passed away on June 17, 2016 at the age of 95. On this program, we present an interview with Dorothy that first aired on Catholic Forum in April 2014 as the program celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Jul 31, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, July 31, 2016, and a musical selection from the CD "Catholic Treasures," we will talk with author Michele Chynoweth. Michele, who is a resident of the Diocese of Wilmington, has just published her third novel, "The Runaway Prophet." Like the first two, it is a modern day telling of a bible story. 

Jul 24, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, June 24, 2016, and a musical selection from the CD Catholic Treasures; learn about the shrines to Our Lady that one can visit right here in the United States. Julie Cragon is the author of "Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrined and Their Graces," published by Servant Books. Here her interview on this edition of Catholic Forum.

Jul 17, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, July 17, 2016, and a musical selection from singer/songwriter, David Haas; host, Bob Krebs will talk to author, Karen Edmisten about her new book, "You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time" published by Our Sunday Visitor.

Jul 10, 2016

After a brief introduction and the Gospel for Sunday, July 10, 2016, hear an interview with Fr. Glenn Evers, the Associate Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Easton, Maryland, and Associate Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Wilmington. Learn about this young priest's parish work and efforts to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life.   

Jul 3, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for Sunday, July 3, 2016, hear an interview with Fr. Leonard Klein, Director of Pro Life Activities for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington discuss religious liberty. What threatens our religious liberty? What can we do to protect our freedom of religion? What is the Fortnight for Freedom? Find out on this edition of Catholic Forum. 

Jun 26, 2016

On this episode, after a brief introduction and the Sunday Gospel, meet Margarita Marquez, Pastoral Associate for Hispanic Ministry at St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Parish in Cambridge, Maryland, and her daughter, Fabiola. Shortly after coming to the United States in 2000, Margarita got involved in helping the many Mexican immigrants who came to the area to work in the crab picking businesses. Learn about her work and the people she serves on this edition of Catholic Forum. Portions of this program are in Spanish. 

Jun 19, 2016

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for Sunday, June 19, 2016, meet Barry Lee, and sample some of the music from his Native American group, "Spirit Wing." The Diocese of Wilmington's Native American ministry will cosponsor a "Spirit Wing" concert on July 9, 2016 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bear, Delaware. For concert information, visit www.cdow.org

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