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Each Saturday, Catholic Forum brings you a news update from The Dialog, the official news source for the Diocese of Wilmington, and an interview segment of about 21 minutes in length. 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 afternoon at 1:30 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 24, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum we celebrate the Light of Christ coming into the world at Christmas. We will hear some great Christmas hymns from the CDs, "Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns and Carols" by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and "The Glorious Sound of Christmas" by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Temple University Concert Choir. Also, we will hear Bishop William Koenig's Christmas message to the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Merry Christmas from the Diocese of Wilmington!

Dec 17, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog and a musical selection from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will learn about how people in different parts of the world celebrate the Christmas season. For many years, Susan De Bartoli has arranged pilgrimages to Italy through her company, Little Flower Pilgrimages. She will tell us a little about Christmas Italian style. Fr. Carlos Ochoa is the director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Wilmington and pastor of St. John the Baptist/Holy Angels parish in Newark, Delaware. He will tell us about a Mexican Christmas. And Father Volodymyr Klanichka. pastor of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware will tell us about Christmas in Ukraine.

Dec 14, 2022

“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.

Dec 10, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news brief from Joe Owens, editor of The Dialog, we chat with Therese Brown, the executive director of the Association of Catholic Publishers. We will learn about the work of the ACP, their CatholicsRead program, and discuss some of the best new Advent and Christmas content available this year.

Dec 3, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news update, we chat with Susan De Bartoli, operator of Little Flower Pilgrimages, and author of the new book, "Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio: Daily Reflections for Advent." St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) had a deep devotion to the Christ Child.  In this popular new book from Ave Maria Press, stories about the saint known for his stigmata and ability to bilocate are woven with scripture and prayer to help you experience Advent—Padre Pio’s favorite season—with greater hope and joy.

Nov 30, 2022

“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.

Nov 26, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news brief, we will learn about the homeless situation in Delaware when we are joined by Ms. Rachel Stucker from Housing Allience Delaware, and Mr. Fritz Jones from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. December 9-11 is Delaware Faith and Housing Justice Weekend when the plight of our homeless brothers and sisters is highlighted among religious congregations and communities of faith. 

Nov 19, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, and a sampling from John Michael Talbot's CD, "Table of Plenty," we will talk with author and editor, Eric Sammons. Eric and his wife, Suzan, have a new book to help families have a more meaningful and educational Advent Season. The book, titled "The Jesse Tree: An Advent Devotion,' uses Christ's family tree to help understand God's plan for salvation. We will also learn a little about St. Agnus of Assisi, the Novermber 19th Saint of the Day. 

Nov 16, 2022

“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.

Nov 16, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, we will talk with Andy Cooney, one of the famous New York Tenors, and Sheila McGirl, the Director of the Development Office of the Diocese of Wilmington, about the upcoming Magic of Christmas concert that the Tenors are giving in Wilmington on December 11, 2022 to benefit Catholic Charities. We will learn about the three talented men who make up the New York Tenors -  Andy Cooney, Daniel Rodriguez, and Christopher Macchio - sample some of their music, and find out how you can get tickets to this enjoyable event that will benefit the work of Catholic Charities. 

Nov 5, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog's Joe Owens, we will talk to Christa Klein, the widow of Father Leonard Klein, about the new book, A Grain of Wheat: Collected Sermons of Father Leonard R. Klein. In his 13 years as a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, former Lutheran pastor, Father Klein delivered hundreds of homilies. This new book offers some of his most powerful.  We will also learn about a special event with author and columnist, George Weigel, that will happen in Wilmington on November 17, 2022.

Nov 2, 2022

“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.

Oct 29, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we learn about the work of the Delaware Knights of Columbus when State Deputy, Rick Johnson, is interviewed. 

Oct 22, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog, we will hear highlights from the recent Saint Mark's High School Renewing the Vision campaign kick-off event. We will hear Bishop William Koenig's remarks and highlights from the announcement from Saint Mark's very enthusiastic president, Tom Fertal.  

Oct 19, 2022
“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.
Oct 15, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from Joe Owens of The Dialog, we will meet to two FOCUS missionaries, Maria Mummert and Kate Burns, and learn about their outreach to students at the University of Delaware. We will also learn about Saint Teresa of Avila who we celebrate each October 15th.

 

Oct 8, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news brief from Joe Owens of The Dialog, and a cut from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, we will talk to Ms. Eileen Gaus from the Diocese of Wilmington Office for Marriage and Family Ministry/Respect Life, about Footprints, the Diocesan Miscarriage Ministry. October 15th has been designated as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  Footprints will sponsor a Mass of Remembrance and Healing for Pregnancy and Infant Loss on October 14th. A special invitation is extended to parents, grandparents and siblings who grieve the death of children as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion or early infant death. 

Oct 5, 2022

“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.

Oct 1, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news brief from The Dialog and a cut from the CD, More Than 50 Most Lives Hymns, we will talk with the Executive Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, Ms. Jenny Kraska. This past summer, Jenny visited a convent in Ukraine and witnessed how the sisters are helping the people of that war-torn country. She also will update us as to the most pressing issues facing Maryland Catholics. In addition, we will learn about one of the most popular saints, Therese of Lisieux

You are invited to help the Shelter for Women and Children in Lviv, Ukraine. Click here.

Sep 24, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we talk with Father Abbot Anderson about his community of Benedictine Monks who live and work at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abby in Oklahoma. We will learn about the daily life of a Monk and about their new CD, "Rorate Coeli: Marian Sounds of Advent."

Sep 20, 2022

“One of Us” is a brief snapshot of people who support the Catholic church in various ways in the Diocese of Wilmington. We regularly feature people who may be recognizable within their parish communities.

Sep 17, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, and music from Beth Nielson Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will learn about this year's Marian Pilgrimage taking place on October 1st at Holy Spirit Church in New Castle, Delaware, when pilgrimage coordinator, Father Brian Lewis, pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Lewes, Delaware, is interviewed. 

Ms. Immaculée Ilibagiza, the author of the international best-selling book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage. Additionally, local artist Mrs. Kate Capato, of Visual Grace, will be giving a presentation on the symbology of Our Lady in Art, including in her own art. 

Sep 10, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news update from Joe Owens, and a cut from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, we will discuss the results of the Synod Listening Sessions, with Father Glenn Evers. From February until June, hundreds of Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore Catholics participated in dozens of Listening Sessions. We will learn what is on the minds and hearts of Diocese of Wilmington parishioners on this edition of Catholic Forum. 

Sep 6, 2022

Donna Santoni of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Ocean City, Md.

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