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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 11:30 a.m. ET each Saturday Morning. Additionally, “FLASHBACK” is a Catholic Forum interview that aired sometime over the last 20 years. It is exclusive content for podcast listeners and debuts each Wednesday morning. Catholic Forum is a production of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
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Jun 3, 2020

“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 30, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Solemnity of Pentecost, and a cut from Paul Tate's "Let All Creation Sing" CD, we will chat with Msgr. Steven Hurley, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Wilmington and Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Monsignor tells us what to expect as churches in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore begin to open for public Masses. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Father Felix, another Modern Day Witness. 

May 23, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, and a musical selection from David Haas' "Blest Are They" CD, we will talk to Leila Miller about her book, "Raising Chaste Catholic Men: Practical Advice, Mom to Mom." We will also give a brief update as to when and how public Masses will begin again in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

May 20, 2020

“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 16, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, and a John Angotti song taken from his Testify CD, we will hear highlights, including Bishop Malooly's homily, from the May 13, 2020 live-stream Mass for Catholic school students and their families. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness. 

May 9, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, and a musical selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Mr. Dan Sinnott, CEO of Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington. How is Delaware's only Catholic hospital dealing with the COVID-19 crisis? How will the pandemic change the way the hospital operates in the future? Listen and find out. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, Mother Kasper. 

May 6, 2020

“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 2, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, and a cut from John Michael Talbot's Master Collection CD set, we will welcome two guests to the program. First up is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington, Ms. Richelle Vible who will tell us how they are helping the most vulnerable people of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore during this pandemic. Then, Father Jim Kirk, Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Church and Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Wilmington will talk about the new Coronavirus Novena that will bring us all together in prayer for the end of this pandemic. 

Apr 25, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter, and a musical selection from Marty Haugen's "All Are Welcomed" CD, we will be joined by Father Joseph McQuaide. In his roles as Diocese of Wilmington Chancellor, Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Peter, and Pastor of Saint Patrick and Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Churches in downtown Wilmington, Delaware; make Father McQuaide uniquely qualified to tell us how the diocese and parishes are responding to the challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Apr 22, 2020

"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 18, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter, and a song from the CD, "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," we will talk to two key people involved in diocesan activities affected by the coronavirus crisis. First we talk to Joe Owens, editor and general manager of The Dialog and thedialog.org, serving the news and information needs of the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. Then we will talk to the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wilmington, Lou De Angelo, and learn how our schools are adapting using technology for distant learning. 

Apr 11, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord, Bishop Malooly's annual Easter message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington, and a musical selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will be joined, via telephone, by Bishop Malooly for an exclusive interview. In these confusing times of Easter joy and anxiety over the coronavirus, the Bishop answers questions and gives us insight and inspiration. 

Apr 8, 2020

"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 4, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Saint Elizabeth High School drama class, under the direction of Mr. Jeff Dietzler, Director of Performing Arts, will present the Passion of Jesus, according to St. Matthew. Due to schools being closed and social-distancing guidelines, each student recorded their part digitally and the production was edited and assembled by Mr. Dietzler. 

Mar 28, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from the CD "More Then 50 Most Lived Hymns," we will talk to Father Edward Looney, about his book, A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary.  The book invites us to walk with the world’s singular model of faith and purity — the Virgin Mary herself — each day of your Lenten spiritual pilgrimage to Easter and beyond.  Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Mother Raphaela, a Modern Day Witness.

Mar 25, 2020

"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 21, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fourth  Sunday of Lent, and a musical selection from the CD Catholic Treasures, we will talk to Father William Saunders, author of the book, “Celebrating a Holy Catholic Easter: A Guide to the Customs and Devotions of Lent and the Season of Christ’s Resurrection.” The book not only provides the historical roots of traditions, but also has spiritual reflections and suggestions for practices. All of the major events of Holy Week are included, so that families can better appreciate the significance of these traditions.  Also, we will learn about Fr. Marie Eugene, another one of Father Rich Jasper’s Modern Day Witnesses. 

Mar 18, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum FLASHBACK, we go waaaaaay back in the archive to hear an interview from 2002 with the Principal of Christ the Teacher Catholic School in Newark, Delaware, Sister LaVerne King. At the time of this interview, the school was under construction. Sister recently announced her retirement.

Mar 14, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Lent, and a musical selection from the Catholic Treasures CD, we will talk with Mr. Chris West, Community Engagement Manager for the Northeast Mid-Atlantic Region for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). How did CRS get started? What is the CRS Rice Bowl program all about? How can the average person get involved in helping our brothers and sisters in other countries? Chris West will tell us on this episode of Catholic Forum. 

Mar 11, 2020

"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 7, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday in Lent, and a cut from David Haas' Echo of Faith CD, we will go back into the Catholic Forum archives and learn about Lent from four popular local priests: Father Joseph Cocucci, Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Berlin, Maryland; Father Joseph McQuaide, Diocese of Wilmington Chancellor; Father Michael Murray, OSFS, Assistant Provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, and Monsignor J. Thomas Cini, retired Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Mar 4, 2020

Catholic Forum FLASHBACK features interesting interviews from past Catholic Forum programs. This interview that aired in January 2002, features Father Stan Fortuna. Father is a Roman Catholic priest ordained on December 8, 1990, and one of the eight founding members of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (an order established in the Archdiocese of New York under the jurisdiction of John Cardinal O'Connor). Prior to his conversion, Fr. Stan was a professional jazz musician who studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano (the ‘father of improvisational jazz’).

Feb 29, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, and a song from David Haas' "Blest Are They" CD, we talk with Al Wyllie. Al and a group of men are planning the first annual Catholic Men's Fellowship of Delmarva Conference on March 21, 2020 at the Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about Darwin Ramos, another Modern Day Witness. 

Feb 26, 2020

"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 22, 2020

We are getting ready for Lent on this episode of Catholic Forum. After a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, and some music from Paul Tate's "Rejoice!" CD, we will talk with popular Catholic writer and speaker, Gary Zimak about his best-selling book, "Give Up Worry for Lent: 40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ." In it, Gary combines practical spirituality, daily scripture readings, and simple action steps to help you kick the worry habit as part of your Lenten renewal. You will learn how to let go of the anxiety-producing areas of life in order to find the lasting peace that comes from trusting God.

Also, we will learn about Father Paul Atkinson, who was a teacher and inspiration to Father Rich Jasper, on this installment of Modern Day Witness. 

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