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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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Now displaying: March, 2020
Mar 28, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from the CD "More Then 50 Most Lived Hymns," we will talk to Father Edward Looney, about his book, A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary.  The book invites us to walk with the world’s singular model of faith and purity — the Virgin Mary herself — each day of your Lenten spiritual pilgrimage to Easter and beyond.  Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Mother Raphaela, a Modern Day Witness.

Mar 25, 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.

Mar 21, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fourth  Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from the CD Catholic Treasures, we will talk to Father William Saunders, author of the book, “Celebrating a Holy Catholic Easter: A Guide to the Customs and Devotions of Lent and the Season of Christ’s Resurrection.” The book not only provides the historical roots of traditions, but also has spiritual reflections and suggestions for practices. All of the major events of Holy Week are included, so that families can better appreciate the significance of these traditions.  Also, we will learn about Fr. Marie Eugene, another one of Father Rich Jasper’s Modern Day Witnesses. 

Mar 18, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, we go waaaaaay back in the archive to hear an interview from 2002 with the Principal of Christ the Teacher Catholic School in Newark, Delaware, Sister LaVerne King. At the time of this interview, the school was under construction. Sister recently announced her retirement.

Mar 14, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Lent, and a musical selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Mr. Chris West, Community Engagement Manager for the Northeast Mid-Atlantic Region for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). How did CRS get started? What is the CRS Rice Bowl program all about? How can the average person get involved in helping our brothers and sisters in other countries? Chris West will tell us on this episode of Catholic Forum. 

Mar 11, 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.

Mar 7, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday in Lent, and a cut from David Haas' Echo of Faith CD, we will go back into the Catholic Forum archives and learn about Lent from four popular local priests: Father Joseph Cocucci, Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Berlin, Maryland; Father Joseph McQuaide, Diocese of Wilmington Chancellor; Father Michael Murray, OSFS, Assistant Provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, and Monsignor J. Thomas Cini, retired Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Mar 4, 2020

Catholic Forum FLASHBACK features interesting interviews from past Catholic Forum programs. This interview that aired in January 2002, features Father Stan Fortuna. Father is a Roman Catholic priest ordained on December 8, 1990, and one of the eight founding members of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (an order established in the Archdiocese of New York under the jurisdiction of John Cardinal O'Connor). Prior to his conversion, Fr. Stan was a professional jazz musician who studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano (the ‘father of improvisational jazz’).

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