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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 2:00 p.m.. ET each Saturday afternoon. Catholic Forum is a production of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
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Dec 18, 2021

Merry Christmas! On the Christmas episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we will hear Bishop William E. Koenig's first Christmas message to the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, Christmas greetings from some of the great priests and deacons of the Diocese of Wilmington, a report from The Vatican, and some great Christmas music.  

We will hear samples from the CDs:

The Glorious Sound of Christmas

Songs of Angels

and Christmas Break

Merry Christmas! 

Dec 14, 2021

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

Dec 11, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we will chat with seminarian, Manuel Vaz Guedes, one of the singers on the beautiful new CD, "Sancta Nox: Christmas Matins from Bavaria," and sample some of the music on the CD. The Seminarians of Saint Peter Wigratzbad brings you the peaceful sounds of Christmas Matins through Gregorian Chant and polyphonic gems. Also included is an ethereal rendition of a multi-lingual Silent Night. -presented by a an international group hailing from the majestic Alps in Germany's Bavaria region. 

Dec 4, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we will talk to Kathleen Beckman about her new book, "A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare: Strategies for Deliverance and Healing."  In her book, Kathleen offers potent advice from her 12 years of active participation on an exorcist's team. She shows you how to clean up your household by cultivating in your family a civilization of love and how to withstand the spiritual attacks that inevitably come to destroy the harmonious family life you create. 

Dec 1, 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. 

Nov 27, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we meet Walt and Brennan Ferris, two deacons for the Diocese of Wilmington. Walt was ordained to the permanent diaconate in August and Brennan was ordained to the transitional diaconate in May. Walt is in ministry at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, and Brennan is finishing up his studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. 

Nov 20, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after Amanda Cathcart brings us news from The Dialog, and we hear a musical selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk to two Wilmington Fire Department chaplains, Rev. Brad Martin and Father Michael Murray. Rev. Martin, a Presbyterian Minister, has been a fire department chaplain for over 30 years. Father Murray, an Oblate of St, Francis de Sales priest, has been serving in this ministry for over 4 years. They discuss the joys and challenges of ministry to these brave men and women fire fighters and EMTs. Also, we will learn about another Modern Day Witness from Fr. Rich Jasper. 

Nov 18, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum Flashback, Cindy Krebs, Director of Religious Education at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin, Delaware, gives tips on how families can make the Season of Advent more meaningful. This interview first aired on Catholic Forum on December 5, 2020.

Nov 17, 2021

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

Nov 13, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog, we will talk with Ms. Nan Freeman, a facilitator for the Rachel's Vineyard Catholic Retreat for those who are suffering from the devastating effects of abortion.  A Rachel's Vineyard retreat is scheduled for our area in early December and we will learn more about it today on Catholic Forum. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Nov 6, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we remember Father Thomas Peterman, a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington for 64 years, author and historian, who passed away on August 3, 2021.  We will learn about his early life, his calling to the priesthood, his priestly ministry, and along the way, we may also learn a little about the history of the Catholic Church in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Nov 3, 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. 

Oct 30, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after Joe Owens gives us the news headlines from The Dialog, Bob Krebs talks with Dr. Larry Chapp, co-founder of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania. The farm is part of the Catholic Worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin during the Great Depression. The 11-acre homestead raises a variety of crops and livestock to help feed the poor. Larry tells us about the farm, and gives us a preview of his November 4, 2021 presentation at the St. Thomas More Oratory at the University of Delaware. Read more about it in The Dialog. 

 

 

Oct 23, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we hear excerpts from Bishop John Barres' homily given at the Mass of Christina Burial of Msgr. Joseph Rebman on October 12th and excerpts from Bishop William Koenig's homily given at the opening Mass for Synod 2021 - 2023 on October 17th.

Oct 20, 2021

"One of Us" is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic Church throughout the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Oct 16, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we will talk to Mr. Dennis Turner, author of the book, "What You Do In The War, Sister?: Catholic Sisters in the WWII Nazi Resistance." Based on letters and documents written by Catholic Sisters during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, this book tells the remarkable story of these brave and faithful women, and how they served to resist the German forces.  

 

Oct 9, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we learn about the new Footprints Ministry from the Diocese of Wilmington, when Ms. Colleen Lindsey, Director of the Office for Religious Education and Office for Marriage and Family Life, and Ms. Eileen Gaus, Coordinator of Pre-Cana for the Office for Marriage and Family Life, are the guests. Footprints is a new ministry designed to assist families by providing resources after the loss of their unborn child, whether it was very recently or many years ago.  It will aid mothers, fathers, couples, and families with support, education, and compassion by providing books, guidance, and other resources. It and will launch with a special Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Mass on October 15, 2021 at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

Oct 6, 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 communitie

Oct 2, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from Joe Owens, editor of The Dialog, and a song from the CD, "Hymns," by Beth Nielsen Chapman (actually, we will hear two cuts from this great record today), we will hear Bishop William Koenig's homily, most if it on his own voice, recorded at the September 25, 2021 Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  About two-thirds of the way through the bishop's homily, we experienced a failure of the recording equipment, so Catholic Forum host, Bob Krebs, reads the conclusion of the homily from the text. Also, Father Rich Jasper (who never has recording equipment failure), will present another Modern Day Witness. 

Sep 25, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from Joe Owens at The Dialog, we will talk with Ms. Kat Talalas, Assistant Director for Pro-life Communications of the Secretariat of Pro-life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. October 3rd is Respect Life Sunday and October is Respect Life Month, when we are called to consider more deeply why every human life is valuable and reflect on how to build a culture that protects life from conception to natural death. 

Sep 22, 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.

Sep 18, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog and a song from Marty Haugen's "All Are Welcome" CD, we will learn about the Diocese of Wilmington's Share in the Spirit campaign that helps families afford a Catholic school education for their children, when Ms. Sheila McGirl, Director of Development for the Diocese of Wilmington, is the guest. Also, Fr. Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. Enjoy! 

Sep 11, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news brief from The Dialog, and a cut from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Fr. Brian Lewis, pastor of St. Jude the Apostle parish in Lewes, Delaware, and coordinator of the Diocese of Wilmington's annual Marian Pilgrimage. This year, the pilgrimage is being held on Sept. 25 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Father tells us about the Shrine, the schedule of events that day, and why this year's pilgrimage is special. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Sep 8, 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.

Sep 4, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, and a musical selection from the CD, "More Thank 50 Most Loved Hymns," we talk to Father John Solomon, pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior parish in Ocean City, Maryland. How has this dynamic resort parish survived the economic impact of the pandemic? What renovations were made to the historic church in downtown OCMD? What's happening during the "off-season?" We'll find out on this episode of Catholic Forum! Ohhh, and Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

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