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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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May 29, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from TheDialog.org, and a cut from the CD, The John Michael Talbot Collection, we will hear highlights from the May 22, 2021 Ordination of Father Michael Preston, including Bishop Malooly's homily. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness.

May 22, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news brief from TheDialog.org, we will talk to Oblate Father Thomas Dailey, the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. On May 27th the Seminary is holding the annual John Cardinal Foley Symposium in Celebration of World Communications Day. Learn about the symposium and the award that will be given that day on this edition of Catholic Forum. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about 'the nun with spurs." 

May 19, 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.

May 15, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from TheDialog.org and a musical selection from the CD, "Catholic Treasures," we will talk with Paul Senz about his new book, "Fatima: 100 Questions and Answers About the Marian Apparitions," from Ignatious Press. Written as a companion to the popular film, "Fatima," Paul's book delves into these apparitions what have inspired and fascinated the world for over 100 years. 

May 8, 2021

On this special episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, and a cut from the "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns" CD, we will hear highlights of the recent announcement that Pope Francis has named Monsignor William E. Koenig of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York as Wilmington's 10th Bishop. Listen in as Bishop Francis Malooly introduces Bishop-elect Koenig at a news conference at the Cathedral of Saint Peter. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

May 5, 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.

May 1, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from Joe Owens of The Dialog, and a musical selection from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will talk with Father Edward Looney about his new book, "Meditations After Holy Communion."

Apr 24, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after this week's news headlines from TheDialog.org, and a cut from the CD, More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns, Mr. Felix Spitelle from the Delaware Knights of Columbus will tell us about the annual Jerry Dawson Memorial Vocations Essay Contest, sponsored by the Knights. We will also hear three of the students present their winning essays. Plus, Fr. Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Apr 21, 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 17, 2021

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news highlights from TheDialog.org, we will talk to the president of Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, Dr. Christopher Domes. Learn how this terrific Catholic university has adapted to meet the needs of its students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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. 

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