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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 21, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, and a sampling from the "Table of Plenty" CD by John Michael Talbot, we will learn about the work of the Seamen's Center of Wilmington and the National Day of Prayer and Rememberance for Mariners and People of the Sea. Christine Lassiter is the Seamen's Center's Executive Director, and Joe Ryan is a volunteer at the Center.  You can read about Bishop Koenig's recent visit to the Center and one of the ships, in this article in The Dialog. 

May 17, 2022

'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. 

May 7, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we will sample a song from the Catholic Treasures CD, and then talk with Megan Gilbert, Communications Officer for Catholic Relief Services. CRS and their partners are in Eastern Europe to help the millions of Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Russian invasion. We will also learn about the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. 

May 3, 2022

'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. 

Apr 30, 2022

On this epidode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog and a musical selection from the More Then 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, we will talk to Felix Spitelle from the Delaware Knights of Columbus about their annual Jerry Dawson Memorial Vocations Essay Contest. We will also hear the 5th through 8th grade students present their winning essays. 

Apr 23, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, afternews headlines from The Dialog, and a cut from the Paul Tate CD, "Rejoice!," we will talk with Anna Keating, the co-author of the book, "The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life." This beautifully designed book will help readers celebrate Catholicism throughout the years, across daily practice and milestones. The Catholic Catalogue is a field guide, a list of far ranging topics, that should aid any Catholic, whether steeped in the tradition or just discovering spirituality for the first time, to understand the daily acts that make up a Catholic life. Also, we will learn about the Saint of the Day, Saint George. 

Apr 16, 2022

On this special Easter edition of Catholic Forum, we present the Most Reverend William E. Koenig's Easter message to the people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Happy Easter!

Apr 13, 2022

'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. 

Apr 9, 2022
On this special episode of Catholic Forum, after new headlines from The Dialog and a cut from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will talk with the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, the Most Reverend William E. Koenig. On April 11, 2022, the Diocese of Wilmington will hold the first Reconciliation Monday. Bishop Koenig will tell us about the project and why it is important for Catholics to recieve the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 
Apr 5, 2022

'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. 

Apr 2, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, and a sample from the CD "The Sings My Soul: The Best of the Priests," we will talk to author, Julianne Stanz, about her latest book, "Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace."  Drawing on her Irish-Celtic heritage, Julianne Stanz helps us explore those times and holy places of transformation...those thin places that are close to God. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. To learn about an exclusive discount on "Braving the Thin Places," for Catholic Forum listeners, click here.

Mar 26, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog and a sample from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," we will talk with the author of the book, "Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression," Dr. Jessica Coblentz. Father Rich Jasper will also have another edition of Modern Day Witness. 

Mar 21, 2022

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

Mar 19, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog, we will talk to Sister Gianna Maria and Sister Marie Veritas, two Sisters of Life who will be giving a Lenten Mission at St. Thomas More Oratory at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware on March 21 & 22. The Sisters talk about their vocations, the work of their community, and give a preview of their Lenten Mission. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness.  

Mar 12, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog, and a sampling of music from Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" CD, we will talk to the pastor of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wilmington, DE, and St. Basil Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, MD, Father Volodymyr Klanichka. We will get an update on the situation in his homeland and learn what we can do to help the people of this nation that is under attack from Russian invaders. 

Mar 10, 2022

'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. 

Mar 5, 2022
On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog, we talk with Catholic psychotherapist, speaker and author, Dana Nygaard, about her book, "365 Dates to Renew Your Christian Marriage: Increasing Your Emotional Intimacy One Question at a Time." In this fun book, Dana tells us how to nourish our relationship one date at a time. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 
Feb 26, 2022

On this episode or Catholic Forum, after news headlines from Joe Owens at The Dialog, and a cut from The John Micheal Talbot Collection CD, we will talk with Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, about her #1 Bestseller, "Restore: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation." In this beautiful book, Sr. Miriam invites you to meet the tenderness of God’s mercy, the power of his love, and the restoration of your heart and life as you practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, who happens to be the founder of the Knights of Columbus. @onegroovynun 

Feb 12, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we will talk with Father Glenn Evers, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, and Ms. Arlene Doseman, Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware. In October, Bishop William Koenig appointed Father and Arlene as the Diocese of Wilmington's co-contacts for the diocesan phase of Synod 2021 - 2023, that begins on Feb. 12, 2022.

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Feb 5, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news from The Dialog, we talk with married doctors, Patricia and Wayne Williams of Mayville, Kentucky, with ties to the Diocese of Wilmington. In December of 2021, their town was hit by a killer tornado. Learn about how the event affected them and their community and how you can help. 

Jan 29, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after news headlines from The Dialog, we will kick-off Catholic Schools Week with guest, Mr. Tom Fertal, President of St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, Delaware. What makes a good Catholic school? Why is St. Mark's one of the fastest growing Catholic high schools in our region? We will find out from Tom Fertal. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

Jan 22, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a news brief from The Dialog and a cut from the CD The John Michael Talbot Collection, we will chat with Elise Crawford Gallagher, co-founder and co-president of Catholic Women in Business. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness

Jan 15, 2022

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after new from The Dialog and a cut from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, Joe Owens will chat with Norbertine Father James Herring, Prior of the Immaculate Conception Priory in Middletown, Delaware. We will learn about St. Norbert and the community he founded 900 years ago. We will also hear a homily given by Father Herring a few months ago at a special Mass at Wilmington's Cathedral to celebrate the 900th anniversary. Plus, we will learn about another Modern Day Witness from Father Rich Jasper. 

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