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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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May 21, 2017

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 6th Sunday of Easter, and a song from John Michael Talbot, we will talk to Saints Peter and Paul, Easton, Maryland parishioner, Mr. Alex Handy. Alex was a participant in a recent mission trip to San Marcos, Guatemala. Since 2003, the Diocese of Wilmington and the Diocese of San Marcos have been engaged in a Solidarity Partnership. Saints Peter and Paul have been very active in the partnership in recent years. Alex shares his impressions and reflections on his trip. 

May 14, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Karen Barbieri will discuss Pietra Fitness. Karen developed this alternative to yoga that incorporates Christian prayer and meditation. Information is available at www.pietrafitness.com.

May 7, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Easter, and music from John Michael Talbot; we will chat with five student winners of the annual Jerry E. Dawson Knights of Columbus Vocation Essay Contest, and hear their winning essays. Norah Teaney, a 5th grader from Immaculate Heart of Mary School; Sam Rajevich, a 6th grader from St. Elizabeth School; 7th grader Francesca Tussa from St. Ann's School; and 8th graders, Kiley Larkin from St. Joseph on the Brandywine Religious Education Program; and Grace Smith from Ursuline Academy will present their essays.

Apr 30, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, we will hear a message from the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington that reflects on the Gospel and ties it in with the Diocese of Wilmington's Annual Catholic Appeal. The Appeal begins in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore on April 30th. 

After the bishop's message, we will hear a cut from Marty Haugen's "All Are Welcome" CD, and an interview with Msgr. Peter Vaghi, author of the new book, "Meeting God in the Upper Room."

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Apr 23, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter, and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," we will talk with photographer, Kristyn Brown, about "The Saints Project." As a talented young photographer in Los Angeles, Kristyn longed to use her talent to glorify God. The Saints Project, that depicts modern day men, women and children as saints of the Church, was the answer to her prayers. 

Apr 16, 2017

On this special, Easter episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Holy Gospel for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, we will present the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly's Easter message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington, and some joyful music presented by the St. John the Baptist/Holy Angel Parish choir, under the direction of Mr. Stephen Adams.

Apr 9, 2017

On this Palm Sunday episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, we will hear  the Passion of Jesus, according to St. Matthew, presented by students from St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Delaware. For names and photos of the students, visit the Catholic Forum Facebook page at www.facebook.com/catholicforum 

Apr 2, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Kim Zarif, a member of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Ocean City, Maryland, will discus challenges faced by refugees and immigrants from Syria. Kim's husband immigrated from Syria over 20 years ago. Recently she and her husband helped settle other family members who came to Delmarva as refugees. 

Mar 26, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent, Ms. Katy Moran from the World Apostolate of Fatima will be interviewed. One hundred years ago, at the height of WWI, Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Katy Moran will discuss these world-famous apparitions and tell us about the International Pilgrim Statue that will be visiting four churches in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore in early April.

Mar 19, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from John Michael Talbot's "Table of Plenty" CD, Ms. Amy Milligan and Ms. Maria Miller from the St. Francis Hospital LIFE Center will discuss challenges that face senior citizens and their family members and how the LIFE Center can be an alternative to nursing care.

Mar 12, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, and a Lenten classic from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," Ms. Arline Dosman, Director of Hispanic Ministry for Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware and Immaculate Conception Church in Marydel, Maryland will be interviewed. What are the challenges that Spanish-speaking Catholics face? How is the Church trying to meet the needs of the diverse immigrant community? Listen and find out. 

Mar 5, 2017

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent, and a song from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," Father Joseph Cocucci, Pastor of Saint John Neumann Parish in Berlin, Maryland, will discuss the season of Lent.

Feb 26, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for Sunday, February 26, 2017, and a song from the CD, "Blest Are They: The Best of David Haas, Vol. 1," Ms. Mary Body, Director of Religious Education at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin, Delaware will discuss ways to make the Season of Lent more meaningful for children and families. 

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."

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