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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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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. 

Jul 1, 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.

Jun 27, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cut from John Michael Talbot's "Table of Plenty," we will chat with Alex Jones, founder and CEO or Hallow, the Catholic prayer and meditation app. How did Hallow come about? How is it helping Catholics? Listen and find out. 

Jun 20, 2020

Hello! On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the Paul Tate, "Let All Creation Sing" CD, we will talk to the Director of Communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sister Constance Veit. Sister spent two months at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark, Delaware during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Jun 17, 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.

Jun 13, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after an introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, and a song from the CD "Catholic Treasures," we will talk with Mr. Anthony Albence, a parish leader at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Each year, the parish's annual Italian Festival brings tens or thousands of people to Wilmington's Little Italy. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's festival has been cancelled.  We will learn about the festival and how the parish is dealing with its loss. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Jun 6, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and a musical selection from Paul Tate's Let All Creation Sing CD, we will talk with Father John Solomon from St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Church in Ocean City, Maryland, and Father Jim Kirk from St. Mary Magdalen Church in Wilmington, Delaware. We will learn how parishes in two states are returning to public Masses after months of closed churches due to the coronavirus. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness

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