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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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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!

Apr 17, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Bob chats with Randy Hain - business leader, consultant, executive coach, community servant, author and sought‐after national speaker, about his book titled “Joyful Witness: How to be an Extraordinary Catholic”.  The book features heart-warming and candid stories of ordinary Catholics around the country and shares creative ways Catholics can live their faith and pass it on to others--often with extraordinary results. First aired on Catholic Forum on March 1, 2015.

Apr 14, 2019

On this Palm Sunday episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, members of the St. Elizabeth High School drama class will present the Passion of Jesus, according to St. Luke. This year's presentation is under the direction of Mr. Jeff Dietzler, Director of Performing Arts. We hope this presentation will help you to ponder Christ's Passion as we begin Holy Week. Photos of the students can be found at www.facebook.com/CatholicForum

Apr 10, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, Bob Krebs talks to Karen Edmisten, author of the book, “Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line” a book that tells the conversion stories of 13 people who finally found peace in the Lord in their last days.  The book includes Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Gary Cooper, Dutch Shultz and Buffalo Bill Cody. This interviewed debuted on Catholic Forum on April 19, 2015.

Apr 7, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent, and a cut from the Catholic Treasures CD, we celebrate the 80th birthday of Catholic Forum with a visit from a man who hosted this program for 30 years, Mr. Gene Donnelly. We look back at how the program started on April 9, 1939, how it was instrumental in the formation of the Catholic Broadcasters' Association, and take a walk down memory lane with Gene who served as the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Wilmington from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. Catholic Forum is the longest-running (oldest) Catholic radio program in the country.

Apr 3, 2019

On this episode of FLASHBACK, we learn how to raise happy, healthy and holy teenagers when youth expert Dr. Bob McCarty is interviewed. If you have or have had teenagers, you know what a chore it is to help guide them to be happy and healthy young people. It’s even harder to get them to be holy, or at least to think that it’s cool to be holy.  Bob McCarty is the Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers and the author of the book “Raising Happy, Healthy and Holy Teenagers." This interview first aired on the May 24, 2015 Catholic Forum radio program. 

Mar 31, 2019

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Holy Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we will hear the fourth and final 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 and ministry of Bishop Alfred Curtis, the Second Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington.  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 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

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