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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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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. 

Feb 19, 2020

Catholic Forum FLASHBACK features interesting interviews from past Catholic Forum programs. This interview that aired in July 2010, features Kathleen O'Hara, discusses her book, "A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love." 

 

Feb 15, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a cut from the More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns CD, Bob Krebs will talk with popular Catholic author, speaker, and television host, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle. In her latest book titled, "Reclaiming Sundays: Play, Pray, Serve, Rest, Refresh, and Celebrate,"  Donna-Marie encourages Catholic families to reclaim a significant tradition: setting apart Sundays as a day of worship, true rest, teaching, and simply spending precious time together. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness.  

Feb 12, 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 8, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a song from John Angotti's "Testify!" CD, we will meet author Kevin Wells. His new book, "The Priests We Need to Save the Church," is in its fourth printing and is the source of much conversation. Also today, we will hear another story from the High Planes Preacher, Father Jim, and learn about the founder of the Knights of Columbus, another one of Father Rich Jasper's Modern Day Witnesses. 

Feb 1, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief intro., the Gospel for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ, and a cut from Paul Tate's "Let All Creation Sing" CD, we talk with Elizabeth Klein, Assistant Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, and author of the book, “God: What Every Catholic Should Know.”  Also, today we will hear from the High Planes Preacher, learn about Saint Blaise whose feast we celebrate on February 3rd, and learn about another one of Father Rich Jasper’s Modern Day Witnesses

Jan 29, 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.

Jan 25, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, and a musical selection from the CD "More Than 50 Most Loved Hymns," Chaz Enerio, Deputy Director for Ministry of Caring will discuss the Village of St. John. Located on the campus of the former Episcopal Cathedral in Wilmington, Delaware; Village of St. John offers housing for income-qualifying senior citizens and is the latest Ministry of Caring outreach to the needy.

Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, Amata Cerretelli. 

Jan 18, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time and a cut from John Michael Talbot's "The Early Years" CD, we will talk to Father Michael Barth, S.T., President of Trinity Missions. Trinity Missions have 37 missions serving the parishes of inner-cities and isolated rural areas in the United States and 6 other countries. On this episode of Catholic Forum,  we will learn about the local origins of the Missionaries, how they serve the poor in our country and others, and focus on service to the Choctaw community at Holy Rosary Indian Mission in Tucker, Mississippi. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, Sister Rani Marie Vatalil. 

Jan 15, 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.

Jan 11, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction and the Gospel for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we will hear highlights from some of the ten appearances that Father Leonard Klein made on Catholic Forum since his ordination to the priesthood in 2006. Father Klein was the Rector of the Cathedral of St. Peter, Pastor of Saint Patrick and St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Churches in Wilmington, Delaware, and Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. As a staunch defender of life from conception to natural death, he was the point-person and Bishop's spokesman whenever a threat to life appeared.  Father passed away on December 4, 2019 and will be greatly missed. 

Jan 4, 2020

On this episode of Catholic Forum, after a brief introduction, the Gospel for the Feast of Epiphany, and a musical selection from the CD Catholic Treasures, we will chat with Ms. Lisa Ritchie, Program Manager for Behavioral Health Services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. As the Christmas season comes to a close, some people experience the blues. Why is that, and how can we avoid it? Lisa will tell us. Also, Father Rich Jasper will tell us about another Modern Day Witness, Mother Pauline. 

Jan 1, 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.

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