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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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Apr 10, 2021

Happy Easter! On this episode of Catholic Forum, we introduce a new feature - news for the Catholic Community of Delaware, Maryland's Eastern Shore, and beyond, with Joseph P. Owens, editor of The Dialog. We will also chat with Mary Jo Frohlich, a member of the Diocese of Wilmington Global Solidarity Partnership Committee. Mary Jo will tell us about the relationship between the Diocese of Wilmington and the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala. We will also hear a cut from the "Catholic Treasures" CD. Follow us at Facebook.com/CatholicForum or at cdow.org/CatholicForum. 

Apr 7, 2021

"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.

Apr 3, 2021

Happy Easter. On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, we will hear Bishop Francis Malooly's annual Easter message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington. We will also enjoy some great music from Paul Tate's "Rejoice!" CD and the "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns" CD. 

Mar 27, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, we will go back into the archive for a production of the Palm Sunday Gospel of the Passion of Christ, as presented by the 2009 drama class from St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Delaware. We will also hear a cut from John Angotti's, "Testify" CD.

Mar 24, 2021

"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.

Mar 20, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, and a song lovingly selected from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, we will chat with Mr. Michael Lichens from Sophia Institute Press. The publisher has released the Lenten classic, The Pain of Christ and the Sorrow of God. We will learn about the book and its author, English Dominican Priest, Father Gerald Vann, and hear a sample from this book of Lenten meditations. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about the co-founder of the Maryknoll Fathers on his Modern Day Witness segment. 

Mar 13, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we will talk with Dr. Marianne Mount, President of Catholic Distance University. Pope Francis has declared this a Year of Saint Joseph. Dr. Mount will discuss the beloved saint, what we know about him from scripture and tradition, and why the Holy Father has honored him with his own year. 

Mar 10, 2021

"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.

Mar 6, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent, and a cut from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk to Michael Preston, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Wilmington, who is slated to be ordained to the priesthood in May. 

Feb 27, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent, and a cut from the CD, "More Then 50 Most Loves Hymns," we will talk to Ms. Richelle Vible. For the last 13 years, Richelle has served as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Richelle is retiring in March 2021.

Feb 24, 2021

"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. 

Feb 20, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, and a cut from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loves Hymns," we will talk to author, Martin Joseph. His latest book, Searching for Hope, is a fictional story, inspired by the human spirit, rooted in faith. It is an inspirational story about hope in the darkest times. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Anna Kolesarova, another Modern Day Witness. 

Feb 13, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an intro., the Gospel for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from Paul Tate's "Rejoice!" CD, we will talk to popular author and speaker, Gary Zimak. In this time of political division and pandemic panic, can we really "Give Up Worry for Lent"? We will find out! Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, and we will talk about a saint that we celebrate each February 14th. Can you guess who it is?

Feb 10, 2021

"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.

Feb 6, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cut from Paul Tate's "Let All Creation Sing" CD, we will discuss the sin and crime of human trafficking with Ms. Molly Sheahan, Associate Director for Respect Life Advocacy for the Maryland Catholic Conference. What is human trafficking? How prevalent is it? Why is it a life issue? What is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking (Feb. 8, 2021)? We will find out on today's Catholic Forum. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Jan 30, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD "Then Sings My Soul: The Best of The Priests," Dr. Lou De Angelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will give us an update as to how the Catholic schools in our area are dealing with the pandemic, and how Catholic Schools Week will be different this year. 

Jan 27, 2021

"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.

Jan 23, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Dr. John Bergsma, a full professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of the book "Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls," and presenter of the YouTube series of the same name. Also, Father Rich Jasper will give us another Modern Day Witness, and we will tell you about two important online events coming your way on January 29, 2012.

Jan 16, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cut from Marty Haugen's "All Are Welcome" CD, we will learn about the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity when Friar of the Atonement, Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interfaith Institute, is interviewed. 

Jan 13, 2021

"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.

Jan 9, 2021

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 CD, "More Than 50 Most Love Hymns," we talk to Charlie Sachetti about his book, "Knowing He's There: True Stories of God's Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch." 

Jan 2, 2021

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 "The Birth of Jesus: A Celebration of Christmas," CD, we will talk to Stephanie and Matt Regitz about their new children's book, "Becket Wants to Be a Priest." The book follows their son as he realizes he wants to be a priest when he grows up. The grown-ups in his life, from his parents to the local parish priest, are charmed by his decision, and do all they can to deepen and celebrate his conviction, with Christmas presents and an invitation to an ordination mass. 

Dec 30, 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.

Dec 26, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family, and a cut from the John Michael Talbot CD, "The Birth of Jesus: A Celebration of Christmas," we talk with Father William Saunders about his book, "Celebrating a Merry Catholic Christmas: A Guide to the Customs and Feast Days of Advent and Christmas." The Christmas season does not end on December 25th...it's actually just beginning. We will find out more on this week's Catholic Forum. 

Dec 19, 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS! On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, and the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we will hear Bishop Francis Malooly's 2020 Christmas message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington, Christmas greetings from many of the priests serving the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, and some great music from the CD, Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration and The Glorious Sound of Christmas by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Temple University Concert Choir. 

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