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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 27, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, we chat with Mr. Fritz Jones. In 1978, he joined Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington as a staff member at one of their group homes. In January 2024, Fritz is retiring after 45 years of service to the vunerable of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Join us as we look back at Fritz's career and his impact on our community. 

Dec 20, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, we present our annual Christmas special, including The Most Reverend William E. Koenig's 2023 Christmas message to the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, a report from the Vatican, and more! Plus some great Christmas hymns. Merry Christmas from the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Dec 13, 2023

“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 12, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, and a beautiful Advent classic from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will talk with Father Dwight Longeneker, former Anglican priest, pastor, writer and speaker. He is the author A few years ago Fr. Longenecker surprised Christians with a factual investigation about the Magi of St Matthew’s Christmas story. He followed that up with an examination of the historical background of St Luke’s tale of the Shepherds of Bethlehem. We discuss these books and his conversion to Catholicism on this episode of Catholic Forum. Catholic Forum is heard every Saturday afternoon at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is podcast on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Amizon Music podcasts. A video of this interview is available on YouTube. Click here. 

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Dec 7, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, we have two special guests. First we talk to Michael Foley, the famed author of the international bestseller "Drinking with the Saints," about his book, "Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Christmas Traditions Explained." In this Christmas must-have book, he explains, celebrates, and gives us a glimpse into all the sometimes macabre and always fascinating nooks and crannies of the holiday. Then, Sister Ann David Strohminger, OSF, Delegate for Religious for the Diocese of Wilmington, tell us the origins of the most important Christmas tradition; the Christmas Nativity Scene, that was started by Saint Francis of Assisi 8oo years ago. Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs in its entirety every Saturday afternoon at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. You can see a video of the interviews on this podcast here.

Nov 29, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a newsbrief from The Dialog, we talk to H. W. Crocker III about his exciting Church history book, Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church. A classic for 20 years, Triumph is now available in an updated and expanded version. We will also learn a little about the saint that the Church celebrates each year on December 6th.  You can see this interview on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel. Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Nov 29, 2023

“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 22, 2023

On this special episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog and a sample track from the CD "Catholic Treasures," we talk with the Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, the Most Reverend William E. Koenig. November has been set aside in the diocese to remind us of the importance of the Eucharist to our Catholic Faith. All month, our clergy have been highlighting the Eucharist and the Mass in their Sunday homilies, additionally, the week of November 26 through December 2 has been named Eucharistic Adoration Week when all churches will have time set aside for adoration. Bishop Koenig talks about this National Eucharistic Revival initiative in our diocese on this episode of Catholic Forum. Catholic Forum is a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communication. 

Nov 15, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from Joe Owens, editor of The Dialog, we talk with talented photographer, Paul Yoder, about his new photodocumentary book, "Maryland's Eastern Shore Historic Churches." The book features 115 churches of which nine are Catholic churches of the Diocese of Wilmington. Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. Most interviews are also available as a video at www.Youtube.com/DioceseofWilm. Catholic Forum airs on Relevant Radio 640 on Saturday afternoons at 1:30. 

Nov 8, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news update and a cut from the "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns" CD, talk with author, translator and educator, David Bonagura, about his new book, "Jerome's Tears: Letters to Friends in Mourning." In the book, David translates seven of St. Jerome's letters to people in his life who had recently suffered the loss of a loved one. Learn how here is no one better suited to assuage our grief than the translator of the Bible, St. Jerome (ca. 347–420). You can listen to Catholic Forum in its entirety on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio or Amazon Music podcasts or listen Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640. Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. You can see a video of this interview at www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Nov 1, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news update, we will talk with Father Norm Carroll, pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, Delaware and Director of the Office for Priestly and Religious Vocations for the Diocese of Wilmington. We chat about his calling to the priesthood, the men who are in formation for the diocese now,  how we can support men who may have a priestly vocation, and National Vocations Awareness Week which is November 5 - 11, 2023. 

Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs in its entirety on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. Select interviews are available on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - @dioceseofwilm. Please like, share and subscribe.

Nov 1, 2023

“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 25, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news update, we talk to local funeral director and author, Todd Harra about his latest book, "Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral." In the book, Todd gives readers a fascinating exploration of the history - and future - of the ceremonies we use to say farewell to those who have departed this world. Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs in its entirety on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. Select interviews are available on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - @dioceseofwilm. Please like, share and subscribe.

Oct 25, 2023

“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 18, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog and a cut from John Michael Talbot's "Table of Plenty" CD, we talk to Sister Mary Josefa of the Eucharist, a Benedictine of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. We will discuss her calling to the religious life, daily life in a Benedictine monistary, a new book about the Sisters titled, "Brides of Christ" from Sophia Institute Press and the foundress of her community, Sister Wilhimina.

Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. Select interviews are available on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - @dioceseofwilm. Please like, share and subscribe.

Oct 18, 2023

“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 12, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, we speak with David Shellenberger, President and CEO of the Saint John Vianney Center which has served the mind, body and spirit of Catholic clergy and men and women religious since 1946. We learn about the “Day of Prayer for the Health and Wellness of Clergy and Men and Women Religious,” hosted by Saint John Vianney Center (SJVC). It will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023. The event will be live streamed from Our Lady of Hope Chapel on the campus of SJVC. We will also preview David's upcoming presentation on October 19th at the Saint Thomas More Oratory near the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark. Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. Select interviews are available on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - @dioceseofwilm. Please like, share and subscribe.

Oct 5, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog and a selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we learn about a new collaboration between Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington and Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. Colleen Morrone, President and CEO or Goodwill and Fritz Jones, Executive Director of Catholic Charities will explain how working together, these two great social service agencies can better serve the needs of our community. Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington and is heard on Relevant Radio 640 on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 and on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Amazon Music podcasts. Many interviews are also shown on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm. 

Oct 4, 2023

“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 28, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a Dialog news update with Joe Owens, we learn about two upcoming events, the Blue Mass and Marian Pilgrimage. First we talk to Mr. Michael Connelly, a retired Delaware State Trooper and Director of the Office for Safe Environments for the Diocese of Wilmington about the October 6, 2023 Blue Mass that honors police, fire, EMT and military personnel and their families. Next, we talk to Father Brian Lewis, Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Lewes, Delaware about the October 7, 2023 Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Wilmington's Bishop William E. Koenig will preside over both events. You can see a video of these interviews on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.   Catholic Forum, a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington, airs on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. pm Relevant Radio 640 and on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Amazon Music podcasts. 

Sep 21, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news update from The Dialog, we talk to Maryland Eastern Shore resident and Benedictine Oblate, Cyndy Ingram. Did you know that there are several groups of Benedictine Oblates in the Diocese of Wilmington? Cyndy will tell us about them and their spirituality. Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. Most interviews are available on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - @dioceseofwilm. Please like, share and subscribe.

Sep 20, 2023

“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 14, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after Joe Owens gives us a news update from The Dialog, and a cut from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, we talk with scripture scholar, best-selling author, and international speaker, Dr. Mary Healy. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include The Spiritual Gifts Handbook and Healing. On September 22 & 23, 2023, Dr. Healy will give a conference titled, Participating in the Healing Work of Jesus, at Holy Angels Church in Newark, Delaware. In this interview we learn about the Gifts of the Spirit - especially the Gift of Healing - and how to allow the spirit to awaken these gifts in us. Catholic Forum, a production of the Diocese of Wilmington's Office of Communications, airs on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on Relevant Radio 640 and is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio podcasts. Select interviews are available on the Diocese of Wilmington's YouTube channel - @dioceseofwilm. Please like, share and subscribe.

Sep 7, 2023

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after Joe Owens gives us a news update from The Dialog, we will go on location to St. Elizabeth's Church in Wilmington, Delaware, the sight of the recent visit of the Vatican International Exhibition Eucharistic Miracles, to talk with Dr. Bill and Mrs. Mary Ryckman. We learn about the amazing life and deep Eucharistic devotion of Blessed Carlo Acutis (May 3, 1991 - October 12, 2006), the many Eucharistic miracles that he documented, and the impact he had on so many in his short, holy life. You can see a video of this interview at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Sep 5, 2023

“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.

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