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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. A new program debuts at 6:30 a.m. ET each Sunday Morning. Additionally, “FLASHBACK” is a Catholic Forum interview that aired sometime over the last 20 years. It is exclusive content for podcast listeners and debuts each Wednesday morning. Catholic Forum is a production of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
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Jul 17, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK we hear an interview from September of 2013 with popular television host and author, Donna Marie Cooper-O’Boyle about her book, The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers and Devotions.  20 years ago, Mother Theresa of Calcutta gave Donna Marie her first Miraculous Medal and she has never taken it off. 

Jul 13, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time proclaimed by Deacon Larry Brecht from Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Delaware, and a song from the CD, "More Then 50 Most Loved Hymns," learn about the good charitable work of the Columbiettes when Saint Thomas the Apostle Assembly members, Kelley Freebery and Pat Merritt are interviewed. Also, Father Rich Jasper from Saint Ann Church in Wilmington will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, this time a very young man from Italy named Matteo Farina. 

Jul 10, 2019

Fr. M. Price Oswalt, is heading up the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s efforts to have Fr. Stanley Rother beatified. In this interview that first aired on Catholic Forum in March of 2013, Father Oswalt talks about the life and death of this Oklahoma farm-boy, and parish priest.   He was martyred in Guatemala during that country’s civil war in the 1980s. 

Jul 6, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, hear an interview with Catholic Answers' Trent Horn about his new book, "Counterfeit Christs: Finding the Real Jesus Among the Impostors." We will also hear excerpts from Bishop Malooly's homily and Father Norman Carroll's comments recorded at the June 15, 2019 Mass for Vocations at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington. We will also hear about Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Santiago, Puerto Rico's Modern Day Witness with Father Richard Jasper.  

Jul 3, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, will learn about the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence – Charles Carroll of Carrollton- when author Scott McDermott is interviewed.  Scott’s book “Charles Carroll or Carrollton: Faithful Revolutionary,” tells us about this interesting man who was the wealthiest and longest living signer of the Declaration. This interview first aired on Catholic Forum on July 4, 2010. FLASHBACK is exclusive content for Catholic Forum podcast listeners. 

Jun 29, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from John Michael Talbot's "Table of Plenty" CD, we will talk with Father Stanislao Esposito. Father looks back at his nine years as Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City, Maryland; and discusses his new assignment as Pastor of St. John the Baptist/Holy Angles Parish in Newark, Delaware. Also, we will learn about another Modern Day Witness from Father Rich Jasper, Associate Pastor of Saint Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Jun 26, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, local Catholic author, Frank Rega who’s book, "The Truth About Padre Pio’s Stigmata and Other Wonders of the Saints" is a best seller.  Who was Saint Padre Pio and did he have the wounds of Christ like his spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi?  Listen and find out. This interview aired on Catholic Forum in November of 2012.

Jun 22, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), and a musical selection from the CD, Catholic Treasures, we are joined by Ms. Hillary Byrnes, Director of Religious Liberty and Associate General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). June 22 is the first day of Religious Freedom Week, a week set aside for Catholics are encouraged to pray and act each day for religious freedom. Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness.

Jun 19, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, Bob Krebs talks to prolific author, Kerry Walters, about his books "John Paul II: A Short Biography" and "John XXIII: A Short Biography." This interview first aired on Catholic Forum in March of 2014, just a month before both saints were canonized. 

Jun 15, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and a musical selection from the Paul Tate CD, "Let All Creation Sing," we celebrate Fathers' Day Weekend with the founder of CatholicGentleman.net and author of the new book, The Catholic Gentleman, Sam Guzman. We will also hear about another Modern Day Witness from Father Rich Jasper. 

Jun 12, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Father John Bartunek, LC, talks about his book, "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions." This interview first aired on Catholic Forum on August 31, 2014.

Jun 8, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Solemnity of Pentecost, and a musical selection from the CD, Catholic Treasures, we will discuss Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Wilmington with Ms. Elise Cronin from WILCYA, and Mr. Stephen Hauss, from Holy Cross ACTS. What are some of the challenges that Catholics between the ages of 18 and 40 face? How can the Church address these challenges? Also, Father Richard Jasper, will tell us about Modern Day Witness, Cora Evans. 

Jun 5, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, Bob Krebs talks to author, Julie Dortch Cragon about her book, "Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces."

This interview first aired on Catholic Forum on May 18, 2014.

Jun 1, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, and a cut from Paul Tate's "Rejoice!" CD, hear an interview with Jacob Scally, co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist of the popular Christian rock band, 2 + One, and sample some of the music from the group's EP, "Anchored in Faith." 2 + One is giving a free concert in the BPAC at Saint Elizabeth School in Wilmington at 7:00 p.m. on June 8, 2018.

May 25, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, and a cut from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers' chief apologist, about his latest book, "Teaching with Authority: How to Cut Through Doctrinal Confusion & Understand What the Church Really Says." Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Modern Day Witness, Sister Blandina Segale, The Fastest Nun in the West!

May 22, 2019

Vinny Flynn is known to many as “the man who sings the Divine Mercy Chaplet on EWTN,” Vinny has been involved in a ministry of mercy for over forty years, using his gifts of teaching, writing, counseling, music, and prayer to help people understand the teachings of the Church and open their hearts to the healing touch of God’s love. In this interview from March 2014, Vinny discussed his book, “The 7 Secrets of Confession.” 

May 18, 2019

On the Armed Services Day episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, and a musical selection from the CD, "Then Sings My Soul: The Best of the Priests;' hear an interview with Father John Mink, Pastor of Saint Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware who retired recently after serving as a Chaplain in the Delaware National Guard for 27 years, and Father Christopher Coffiey, Associate Pastor of Saint John the Beloved Church in Wilmington and newly inducted Chaplain for the United States Navel Reserve. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Modern Day Witness, Pierre Toussaint. 

May 15, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, Patricia Treece, the author of critically acclaimed books on modern saints and related topics is interviewed.  She has written extensively on Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II, two modern popes who were canonized by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014.  

May 11, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, and some Good Shepherd Sunday music from John Michael Talbot, we will celebrate Mothers' Day Weekend when we are joined by Ms. Lisa Henley, bestselling author and founder of CatholicMom.com.  Lisa has a new book, "I Am God's Storyteller" that invites children to use their gifts to shine God’s light and share the Gospel.  Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about this week's Modern Day Witness, Chiara Badano. 

May 8, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Mr. Donn Devine, former Archivist for the Diocese of Wilmington is interviewed. Donn passed away on May 5, 2019 at the age of 90. He was a very interesting man. He was an early contributor to Catholic Forum. You can read about him and his life in this article in The Dialog.

May 4, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter, and a song from John Angotti's "Testify!" CD, we will be joined by Mr. Felix Spitelle from the Delaware Knights of Columbus, and the 5th through 8th grade students who wrote the winning essays in the annual Delaware Knights of Columbus Jerry Dawson Memorial Vocations Essay Contest. Those young writers are Claire Gordon from Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Natalia Alfieri from St. Anthony of Padua School, Sonya Stankova from St. Elizabeth School, Will Sommers from St. Joseph on the Brandywine Religious Education Program, and Jenna Bozzo from Immaculate Heart of Mary School. 

May 1, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Sister Patricia Proctor, OSC, discusses her life as a cloistered nun and her book, "201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist." This interview originally aired on Catholic Forum in October of 2005 in anticipation of the Diocese of Wilmington's Eucharistic Congress in Ocean City, Maryland. 

Apr 27, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter, a musical selection from the "Catholic Treasures" CD, we will chat with Ms. Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry, a national organization that helps parishes foster a culture of vocations, and author of "Hundredfold: A Guide to Vocation Ministry." Also, on this now longer Catholic Forum, we will learn about Pier Giorgio Fassati, on Father Rich Jasper's new "Modern Day Witness" feature. 

Apr 24, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Sister Rose Pacatte, author of the book “Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” is interviewed. Martin Sheen, best known for his role as a Catholic president in the television series The West Wing, returned to the practice of his Catholic faith at the age of forty after decades away. After years of battling alcohol addiction, a near-fatal heart attack, and a nervous breakdown, the stage, film, and television actor renewed his dedication to his family and activated his faith with energy, grace, and joy. This interview aired on Catholic Forum in April 2015.

Apr 21, 2019

On this Easter episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord, Bishop Francis Malooly will present his Easter message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington, we will hear a special report about the Easter Vigil in the Vatican, and hear some terrific Easter music from the Saint Joseph on the Brandywine and Saint John the Baptist/Holy Angels parish choirs. Happy Easter!

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