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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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Apr 22, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Easter, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Testify!" CD, the Very Reverend Mark S. Mealey, OSFS, JCD, Judicial Vicar for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will discuss the healing ministry of the Diocesan Tribunal.

Apr 15, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the proclamation of the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, meet Father Peter Zwaana, a priest from the Archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia. Father will talk about his calling to the priesthood, his work as pastor and Director of Vocations, and has some good advice for Catholic young adults. It's a good day to say, "g'day" to Father Zwaans! 

Apr 8, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," Ms. Deb Fols, Director of Development for the Diocese of Wilmington will discuss this year's Annual Catholic Appeal. 

Apr 1, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Easter Sunday Gospel by Deacon Bob McMullen from the Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware; we will hear some wonderful Easter music presented by the Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Choir of Greenville, Delaware, under the direction of Ms. Mary Ellen Schauber and accompanied by Dr. Michael Marinelli. We will also present Bishop Francis Malooly's annual Easter message to the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Mar 25, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the talented students from St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Delaware present their annual performance of the Passion of Christ for Palm Sunday. 

Mar 18, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent, and music from John Angotti's "Testify" CD, we present highlights from the Diocese of Wilmington's 150th anniversary opening Mass. Recorded at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, March 3, 2018, Bishop W. Francis Malooly's homily, and a presentation from Father Joseph W. McQuaide, Chancellor of the Diocese of Wilmington, are included. Fr more information about the Diocese of Wilmington's year-long sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.cdow.org/150th or www.facebook.com/cdow150th.

Mar 11, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Testify" CD, we go back into the Catholic Forum archive and hear an interview with Msgr. J. Thomas Cini, retired Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Wilmington. In the interview that originally aired on March 9, 2003, Msgr. Cini talks about the importance and history of the Season of Lent. 

Mar 4, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," Deacon Fran Huhn discusses the Faith and Light program for those with intellectual disabilities and their families and friends. Information is available at www.faithandlight.org

Feb 25, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Father Joseph McQuaide, Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, and co-chair of the Diocesan Sesquicentennial Committee, will discuss the upcoming year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Diocese. The celebration begins on March 3, 2018 with a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington. 

Feb 18, 2018

On this episode, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent, and a selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," hear an interview with Tommy Tighe. Tommy's book, "The Catholic Hipster Handbook: Rediscovering Cool Saints, Forgotten Prayers, and Other Weird but Sacred Stuff," has become a bestseller. 

Feb 11, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, author Diane Houdek will discuss her books, "Lent with Saint Francis: Daily Reflections" and "The Hope of Lent: Dailey Reflections from Pope Francis." Learn how St. Francis and Pope Francis can help us get the most out of this coming Season of Lent.

Feb 4, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after the proclamation of the Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Ann David Strohminger, OSF, Delegate for Religious for the Diocese of Wilmington, will discuss consecrated life. 

Jan 28, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," Fr. Leonard Klein, Director of Pro Life Activities for the Diocese of Wilmington, and Ms. Jennifer Briemann, Deputy Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference will discuss Physician Assisted Suicide and legislation in Delaware and Maryland that would make it legal. 

Jan 21, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," we talk with Father Tom Peterman. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington in 1957, Father Peterman is considered one of the top experts on the history of the Diocese that will begin the year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary on March 3, 2018.

Jan 14, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a selection from the CD, "How Great Thou Art; The Best of The Priests," Mark Christian, Executive Director of Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington will discuss cremation and other topics that Catholics should consider. 

Jan 7, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, and a musical selection from John Michael Talbot's CD, "The Birth of Jesus: A Christmas Celebration," we will talk with Deacon Harold Jopp. Deacon Hal, one of the first Permanent Deacons ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, recently retired as the Director of the Office for Deacons.

Dec 31, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family, and a musical selection from the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers' CD, "Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns and Carols," Joe Ryan, the Editor and General Manager of The Dialog, will discuss his 40-year career in Catholic press. 

Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas! On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Advent, we will hear some beautiful Christmas music performed by the Padua Academy Women's Chorus from Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, and Bishop Francis Malooly's annual Christmas message to the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Have a blessed Christmas!

Dec 17, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, and a musical selection from John Angotti's "Welcome Home for Christmas" CD, author Thomas Craughwell will discuss his new book, "101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin' Catholic's Guide." This book is a must-have for the traveling Catholic.

Dec 10, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," author, Christopher Sparks will discuss his book, "How Can You Still Be Catholic?: 50 Answers to a Good Question." The book grapples with the biggest questions that people are confronted with when they think about the Catholic Church. The book is available at www.shopmercy.org.  

Dec 3, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, and a music selection from John Angotti's "Welcome Home for Christmas" CD, Ms. Diane Houdek, Digital Editor at Franciscan Media, will discuss her book, "The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis." There is no better person to guide you through Advent, then our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Nov 26, 2017

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after the proclamation of the Gospel for the Feast of Christ the King, and a musical selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Mary Body, Director of Religious Education for St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Delaware. Mary talks about ways for parents and grandparents to make Advent more meaningful for the children in their lives. 

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.

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