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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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Oct 24, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," we meet Mr. Mathew Hahn, a therapist with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Matt tells us about the different forms of domestic abuse and how Catholic Charities is helping survivors.

Oct 21, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Oct 17, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the "Catholic Treasures" CD, we will talk to Susan Brinkmann, author and award winning journalist. Susan is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Susan's latest book is titled,"Fight Like a Catholic: Spiritual Warfare in the Catholic Tradition." In this interview, Susan tells us who Satan is and how we can protect ourselves and our families from his aggressive activity in our modern world. 

Oct 10, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, a song from the CD "Then Sings My Soul: The Best of The Priests," we will pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary with Bishop Francis Malooly and students from five Diocese of Wilmington Catholic schools. Students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Wilmington, Delaware lead the First Glorious Mystery. The Second Glorious Mystery is led by students from Most Blessed Sacrament School in Berlin, Maryland. Students from Saint Francis de Sales School in Salisbury, Maryland lead the Third Glorious Mystery. Cathedral of Saint Peter School students lead the Fourth Glorious Mystery. The Fifth Glorious Mystery is led by students from Easton Maryland's Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School.

You can also watch the Rosary Rally video at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or cdow.org/Mary. 

Oct 7, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Oct 3, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Ms. Molly Sheahan, Associate Director of Respect Life Advocacy for the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC). Molly will tell us about the MCC and its work to promote life in the State of Maryland and ways for us all to help promote a culture of life during Respect Life Month and always. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Sep 26, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from Paul Tate's "Rejoice!" CD, we will talk to the Pastor of Saint Jude the Apostle Parish in Lewes, Delaware and Coordinator of the Diocese of Wilmington's Annual Marian Pilgrimage, Father Brian Lewis. This year's pilgrimage, with the theme, Mary, Mother of All Nations, will be held on Saturday, October 3rd and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home. Father Lewis has all the details! Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness.

Sep 23, 2020


"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Sep 19, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Gospel for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a tune from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will learn about the Diocese of Wilmington's Share in the Spirit campaign that helps families afford Catholic schools for their children, when Ms. Deborah Fols, Development Director for the Diocese of Wilmington is interviewed. Families make sacrifices to send their kids to Catholic schools. Families need more help than ever during this COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

For those who occasionally listen to Catholic Forum on Relevant Radio 640, beginning on September 26, 2020, the program will air on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Catholic Forum will continue to debut as a podcast on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. 

Sep 12, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from John Michael Talbot's "Table of Plenty" CD, we will talk to Mr. Matt Carucci, Catholic Youth Ministry Athletic Director for the Diocese of Wilmington. CYM Sports serves 5,000 youngsters each year from Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Matt will tell us about the program and how the COVID-19 pandemic will effect this fall's sports. 

Sep 9, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Sep 5, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the Catholic Artists From Home YouTube video, we will talk to Father Michael Murray, an Oblate of Saint Francis de Sales. We will learn about Father's work as Assistant Provincial and Wilmington Fire Department Chaplain, and learn what Salesian Spirituality says about the trying times in which we live. 

Aug 29, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Gospel for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from Beth Neilsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will chat with two young men in priestly formation for the Diocese of Wilmington. Peter Schirmer is 24 and is from St. Benedict Parish in Ridgely, Maryland. Gabriel Ortez Jimenez is 18 and is from Immaculate Conception Parish in Elkton, Maryland. Both are enrolled in college seminary. We will also learn about another Modern Day Witness from Father Rich Jasper. You can see a video of the interviews with Pete & Gabriel at www.YouTube.com/DioceseOfWilm

Aug 26, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Aug 22, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," we will meet another young man who is studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington, Mr. James Gebhart. A Delaware native, James is in formation at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. You can see a video of this interview with James or the Diocese of Wilmington YouTube Channel - www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Aug 15, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the 20th  Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cong from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," we will get to know a gentleman who is in formation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington, Mr. Brennan Ferris. Brennan is a Wilmington native and is studying Theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. You can see a video of this interview on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube Channel, www.YouTube.com/DioceseOfWilm

Aug 12, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Aug 8, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the John Michael Talbot CD, "Master Collection," we will learn about the beautiful and historic Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington, Delaware, when Diocese of Wilmington Chancellor and Cathedral Rector, Father Joseph McQuaide, is interviewed. The Cathedral is in need of financial help and a special collection will be held in all Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore parishes on Aug. 15 & 16.

Aug 1, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from Marty Haugen's "All Are Welcome" CD, we will talk with Dr. Lou De Angelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Lou will tell us about the plan for back-to-school for the thousands of Catholic school students in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Plus, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Jul 29, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Jul 25, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a selection from John Michael Talbot's "Table of Plenty" CD, we are joined by Ms. Amy Milligan, Executive Director of the Saint Francis LIFE Center. Amy tells us about how the Center is helping senior citizens stay safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Jul 18, 2020

On this episode, after an introduction, the Gospel for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cut from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, you will hear an interview with Ms. Lisa Ritchie, Program Manager for Behavioral Health for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. List tells us how Catholic Charities is helping their clients to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and gives us tips to apply in our own lives. 

Jul 15, 2020

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the church in the Diocese of Wilmington. We will regularly feature people who are recognizable within their parish communities.

Jul 11, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, you will hear an interview with Sister Ann David Strohminger, a Sister of Saint Francis of Philadelphia and Delegate for Religious for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Sister discusses those sisters, brothers, and religious priests who were hit the hardest by COVID-19 and how they are coping with the challenges. 

Jul 4, 2020

On the Fourth of July episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time and a cut from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will hear an interview, first broadcast on Catholic Forum on July 4, 2010, with Scott McDermott, author of the book, "Charles Carroll of Carrollton: Faithful Revolutionary." The book is about the life of the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. We will also hear a great Independence Day tune from Lee Greenwood, and Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, Fr. Joseph Cyrek. 

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