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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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Mar 27, 2019

Sister Maria Anna Mellody, a Servant Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, worked with the Ministry of Caring in the city of Wilmington, Delaware as a Street Evangelist.  How does a nun go out on the crime-filled urban streets every day and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ?  How does she reach the poor, hungry and homeless with the message of salvation? We find out on this episode or FLASHBACK! 

Mar 24, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent, and a song from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will hear the third installment in the series, "Holy Boldness: A Journey Through Lent with Four American Saints." Father Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware, will tell us about the life of the wealthy Philadelphia woman who dedicated her life and fortune to help the Native American and African American communities. More Lenten resources are available at www.cdow.org/Lent. You can see a video of Father Jasper's presentation at www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Mar 20, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, hear an interview with Padre Silverio Chum, Pastor of San Jose Parish in El Rodeo, San Marcos, Guatemala.  Since 2003, the Diocese of Wilmington has had a Global Solidarity Partnership with the Diocese of San Marcos.  Thanks to translator, Brother Chris Posch, who was Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Wilmington at the time of this recording, we will hear from Padre Chum and learn about his work among the people of Guatemala and what the partnership between our two dioceses means to them.

Mar 17, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from David Haas' "Echo of Faith" CD, we will hear the second installment in the series, Holy Boldness: A Journey Through Lent with Four American Saints. Father Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware, will tell us about the life of the first American Bishop to be a canonized saint, St. John Neumann. More Lenten resources are available at www.cdow.org/Lent. You can see a video of Father Jasper's presentation at www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Mar 13, 2019

On this FLASHBACK, Fr. Paul Williams, OFM, Pastor; and Ms. Barbara Willis, Historian; from St. Joseph Church on French Street in Wilmington, Delaware discuss the history of the parish that has served the African American community and others for many years. Ms. Willis passed away on June 15, 2017 at the age of 77.

Mar 10, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the First Sunday on Lent, and a musical selection from David Haas' "Blest Are They CD," we will hear the first installment in the series, Holy Boldness: A Journey Through Lent with Four American Saints. Father Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware, will tell us about the life of America's first saint, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. More Lenten resources are available at www.cdow.org/Lent. You can see a video of Father Jasper's presentation at www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Mar 6, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Father Joseph McQuaide talks about the Season of Lent. At the time, Father was the Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Wilmington, and Associate Pastor at Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware. Father McQuaide is not the Chancellor of the Diocese. This interview aired on Catholic Forum in February 2016.

Mar 3, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after the usual brief introduction, the Holy Gospel, and a musical selection from Marty Haugen's "Gift of God" CD, we talk with Mr. Gene Donnelly who served as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Wilmington from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. Gene served in that capacity during Bishop Robert Mulvee's time as Bishop of Wilmington. Gene (who also served as host and producer of this program for many years), looks back at Bishop Mulvee's time in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Bishop Mulvee passed away on December 28, 2018 at the age of 88.

Feb 27, 2019

Veteran broadcaster Jim Hunter is a member of the Orioles broadcast team.

Hunter's extensive 40-year broadcasting career includes seven MLB postseasons, 12 Super Bowls, and two Winter Olympic Games, including 1992 in Albertville, France and 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. He has worked alongside Hall of Fame Players Johnny Bench, Jerry Coleman, and Jim Palmer, as well as legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell.

An active parishioner at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church and a 3rd degree member of the Knights Of Columbus, Hunter is involved in numerous charitable projects within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, including helping the Little Sisters of the Poor. During the offseason, he also makes appearances in the community on behalf of the Orioles.

This interview aired in June 2014.

Feb 24, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary time proclaimed by Deacon Larry Brecht, and a song from the "Catholic Treasures" CD, hear an interview with Dr. Allen Hunt. In his new book, "Dreams for Your Grandchildren: The Hidden Power of a Catholic Grandparent," he tell how you can strengthen your relationships with your grandchildren and introduce them to a vibrant faith life—no matter their age.

Feb 20, 2019

Brandon Vogt is a bestselling authorblogger, and speaker. He is the Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, and the founder of ClaritasU, a online community for Catholics who want to get clear about their faith. In this interview from 2014, Brandon talks about his book,  Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World. 

 

 

Feb 17, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a short introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cut from the David Haas, "Blest Are They" CD, we will talk with Ms. Anne DeSantis, Executive Director of the Saint Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, & Faith. A ministry of the Mercedarian Order, the Foundation reaches out and accompanies individuals, children, and families affected, or wounded by divorce and helps them sustain or reconcile their relationship with Jesus and the Church. 

Feb 13, 2019

Archbishop Broglio was ordained to the priesthood (for the Diocese of Cleveland) on 19 May 1977 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the North American College, Rome.

From 1977 to 1979 he served as associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, South Euclid. From 1979 to 1983 Archbishop Broglio attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

From 1983 to 1987 the Archbishop served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. From 1987 to 1990 he served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Asunscion, Paraguay. From 1990 to 2001 Archbishop Broglio served as Chief of Cabinet for Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to His Holiness Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America.

In February 2001 the Archbishop was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico. The Archbishop was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on 19 March 2001.

On 19 November 2007 Archbishop Broglio was named the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, and installed on 25 January 2008, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

In this episode of FLASHBACK, Archbishop Broglio talks about the life of Vietnam War hero, Fr. Vincent Capodanno. 

Feb 10, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from Paul Tate's "Rejoice!" CD, hear an interview with Ms. Joanna Wicks, Miss Delaware 2018. Joanna talks about her career as an art teacher at Saint Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, Delaware, her work as Miss Delaware to raise awareness about domestic abuse, and how her Catholic faith has helped her along the way. 

Feb 6, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, we hear an interview with Gary Zimak, the author of several books, including A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, From Fear To Faith, Stop Worrying & Start Living and Give Up Worry For Lent. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition, Gary is the Director of Parish Services for Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church in North Wales, PA, a regular guest on EWTN TV & Radio and was the creator and host of Spirit In The Morning which aired on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia from 2016-2018. His work has appeared in The National Catholic RegisterCatholic Digest and Catholic Exchange. Gary resides in South Jersey with his wife Eileen and daughters Mary and Elizabeth. They are members of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Marlton, NJ.

Feb 3, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, a musical selection from Paul Tate's "Let All Creation Sing" CD, we will talk with Ms. Susan Kirk Ryan, Archivist for the Diocese of Wilmington. Susan will discuss the role of an Archivist, tell us about some of the items held in the Archive, and talk about an upcoming exhibit.  

Jan 27, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel proclaimed by Deacon Larry Brecht from St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Delaware, and a song from Paul Tate's CD, "Let All Creation Sing," hear an interview with Fr. John Bartunek, LC.  In this interview, recorded in 2014, Father discusses his book, "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions." 

Jan 20, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from John Michael Talbot's "Master Collection" CD, we will hear an interview with Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS, Provincial of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province. Fr. Fiorelli, who was elected to this post in June 2018, is a former Superior General of the Oblates. He will discuss his work, the work of the Oblates, and the life and spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. 

Jan 13, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and a cut from the "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns" CD, Ms. Maureen McCullough, Regional Director of Catholic Relief Services will discuss the history and work of the organizations that recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. 

Jan 6, 2019

Happy New Year! On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the proclamation of the Gospel for the Feast of the Epiphany by Deacon Ken Pulliam from St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and a musical selection from John Michael Talbot's "The Birth of Jesus" CD, Leila Miller, co-author of the new book, "Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues," will be interviewed. In this book, Leila and co-author, Trent Horn, explain how to discuss issues such as same-sex marriage, divorce, abortion, pornography, and transgender identity, with children. 

Dec 30, 2018

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 CD "Catholic Christmas Classics," we will talk with Mr. Gary Scholl, from the John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland. Each year for the last 18 years, the John Carroll School has hosted the Morning Star Celebration Benefit Pow Wow for St. Labre Indian School in Montana. This year's Pow Wow is being held on January 12, 2019 and we will learn about it and about the work of the St. Labre Indian School on this episode of Catholic Forum. 

Dec 23, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Advent, and a song from the CD, Catholic Christmas Classics by the Cathedral Singers, we will hear Bishop Francis Malooly's annual Christmas message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington. Additionally, we will present a cut from the CD, Christmas Time is Here from the Saint Mark's High School Concert Choir. Then we'll hear, The Humility of Christmas, the last installment in the four-part Advent series by Fr. Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware. In the series, Father uses the story in Saint John's Gospel about the Samaritan Woman at the Well to help us through our Advent journey to Christmas.

For a video of Fr. Jasper's presentations, click here. 

For additional advent resources, click here

Dec 16, 2018

 

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent, and a song from the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers', "Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns & Carols" CD, we will hear part three of a four-part Advent series by Fr. Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware. In the series, Father uses the story in Saint John's Gospel about the Samaritan Woman at the Well to help us through our Advent journey to Christmas. We will also hear from Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer of the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, the High Plains Preacher.

For a video of Fr. Jasper's presentation, click here. 

For additional advent resources, click here. 

Dec 9, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, and a musical selection from the "Catholic Treasures" CD, we will hear the second part of a four-part Advent series by Fr. Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware. In the series, Father uses the story in Saint John's Gospel about the Samaritan Woman at the Well to help us through our Advent journey to Christmas. 

For a video of Fr. Jasper's presentation, click here. 

For additional advent resources, click here. 

Dec 2, 2018

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, and a cut from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will hear the first part of a four-part Advent series by Fr. Richard Jasper, Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church in Wilmington, Delaware. In the series, Father uses the story in Saint John's Gospel about the Samaritan Woman at the Well to help us through our Advent journey to Christmas. We will also hear from Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer of the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, the High Plains Preacher.

For a video of Fr. Jasper's presentation, click here

For additional advent resources, click here. 

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