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Each Saturday, 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, an interview of 15-20 minutes in length, and on most shows, an episode of Modern Day Witness, by Father Rich Jasper. Catholic Forum is the longest-running Catholic talk show on radio, having begun in 1939 on a radio station in Wilmington, Delaware. It is now heard every Saturday morning at 11:00 on Relevant Radio 640 and is heard in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area as well as throughout the State of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. As soon as it finishes airing on the radio, a new program podcast debuts at 11:30 a.m. ET each Saturday 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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Sep 21, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from Marty Haugen's "Gift of God" CD, the Coordinator of the Diocese of Wilmington' Annual Marian Pilgrimage, Father Brian Lewis, will discuss the October 5th event at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Why is it important to honor the Blessed Mother with a pilgrimage? What is so special about the Basilica? What will pilgrims experience? Father Lewis, Parish Administrator of St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth in Ridgley/Denton, Maryland, will have all the answers. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Adele Brise, today's Modern Day Witness

Sep 18, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, we hear an interview with Deacon John Giacci, a Permanent Deacon assigned to ministry at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Delaware. FLASHBACK brings podcast listeners exclusive content from the vast Catholic Forum archive of interviews of interest to Catholic listeners. 

Sep 14, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from "The John Michael Talbot Collection" CD, we are joined by the Diocese of Wilmington's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lou De Angelo and the Diocesan Director of Development, Ms. Deb Fols. It's back to school time and we will get an update as to the great schools in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. We will also learn how the Share in the Spirit collection is helping families afford their tuition. 

Sep 11, 2019

FLASHBACK is exclusive content for Catholic Forum podcast listners. On this episode, we hear an interview with  Thomas Craughwell, author of the book,  “Patron Saints: Saints for Every Member of Your Family, Every Profession, Every Ailment, Every Emergency and Even Every Amusement.”  This book covers hundreds of patron saints; explaining why the saint is patron of whatever he or she is patron of, including a summary of the saint’s life. This first aired on the November 4, 2012 Catholic Forum broadcast. 

Sep 7, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "The John Michael Talbot Collection,"  we will be joined by Father Frank Donio, S.A.C, the Executive Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. The Catholic Apostolate Center, a ministry of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) - Immaculate Conception Province, was founded in 2011 to respond to the needs of the Church through:

  • Developing, in collaboration with dioceses and other institutions and organizations, formation programs for the New Evangelization.
  • Assisting pastoral ministers in deepening collaboration with one another.
  • Providing formation and apostolic opportunities for members and collaborators of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

Also, Father Richard Jasper will present another edition of "Modern Day Witness." 

 

Sep 4, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, Bob Krebs talks with the author of the book, “Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes," Barbara Hosbach.  Biblical figures from the New and Old Testament come alive in this book that features 28 ordinary people who were called to do the extraordinary by God. This interview debuted on the September 2, 2012 edition of Catholic Forum.

Aug 31, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Testify!" CD, hear an interview with Sonja Corbitt as she discusses her latest book, "How To Pray Like Mary." Father Rich Jasper's "Modern Day Witness" segment will be back again next week. 

Aug 28, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Msgr. Stanley Deptula, Executive Director of the Sheen Foundation, the official organization that is promoting the cause for sainthood for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, talks about the life of the recently beatified saint-to-be. This interview first aired in November 2008 soon after his cause was announced.

 

Aug 24, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time and a song from the Catholic Treasures CD, we chat with Mr. Joseph P. Owens, Editor and General Manager of The Dialog, the official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. We will also learn about Modern Day Witness, Pier-Giorgio Frassati.

Aug 21, 2019

On this week's episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, we talk with Father Ed Aigner. At the time of this interview, Father was the Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Salisbury, Maryland and had spent many year in prison ministry. This interview was first presented on Catholic Forum in June of 2012.

Aug 17, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Gospel for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from Marty Haugen's Gift of God CD, Ms. Richelle Vible and Ms. Wenona Sutton from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington will discuss the work of the 190 year old organization, and tell us about the upcoming Bishop's 5K Walk/Run. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Modern Day Witness, Mattie Stepanek. 

Aug 14, 2019

Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things. In this interview that aired in July 2012, Mike talks about his book, Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women. 

Aug 10, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Catholic Forum host, Bob Krebs talks to Mark Hart, author of the new evangelization system from Ascension, titled, The 99.  The 99 offers a simple three-part system, to help you quickly and easily organize an effective, ongoing evangelization effort in your parish or community. There was no time for Father Jasper's Modern Day Witness series this week; but tune in next week.  

Aug 7, 2019

Msgr. Stephen Joseph Rossetti is an American Catholic priest, author, educator, licensed psychologist and expert on psychological and spiritual wellness issues for Catholic priests. He has appeared on such television shows as Meet the Press and Larry King Live. In this interview from 2012, Monsignor talks about his book, Behold Your Mother: Priests Speak About Mary. 

Aug 3, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, local author, Michele Chynoweth, will discuss her latest murder-mystery novel, "The Jealous Son." Based on the story of Cain and Able, "The Jealous Son" is the fourth novel based on Old Testament stories and the author's personal challenges. Also, on this week's installment of Modern Day Witness, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about the life of Maria Kaupas.  

Jul 31, 2019

Historian and Papal expert, Dr. Matthew Bunson, talks about his book, "Pope Francis," one of the first biographies to be published after Pope Francis was named Pontiff. This interview aired on Catholic Forum on May 12, 2013.

Jul 27, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, Catholic Treasures, we will talk with two men - Craig Kursinski and James Gebhart - who are studying for the diocesan priesthood. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, Fr. Thomas Price.

Jul 24, 2019

The author discussed his book about Catholic youth and young adults.

Jul 20, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will chat with Ms. Kathy Prioreschi who facilitates the Dementia Caregivers Support Group at Saint Jude the Apostle Church in Lewes, Delaware. Kathy, who is a nurse, discusses the unique needs of those who care for their loved ones with dementia, and how this resort-area parish is helping fulfill those needs. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Anna Kolesarova, another Modern Day Witness.  

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. 

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