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Catholic Forum radio program/podcast in August has focus on local vocations in Diocese of Wilmington

Brennan Ferris will become a transitional deacon on May 15. He is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood in 2022. Dialog photo/Don Blake
In August, four young men, who are in various stages of formation for the priesthood, will be interviewed on Catholic Forum, the radio program/podcast produced by the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington.
Catholic Forum is heard on Saturday mornings at 11:00 on Relevant Radio 640. After it airs, it is available online and on popular podcast platforms. Additionally, videos of these interviews will be seen on the diocesan YouTube channel.
On the August 15 Catholic Forum, Brennan Ferris who is studying Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., will, be interviewed. The August 22 program will feature an interview with fellow St. Mary’s seminarian, James Gebhart. On August 29, two college seminarians, Peter Schirmer and Gabriel Ortiz-Jimenez, will be interviewed. Schirmer is beginning his second year at The College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., Ortiz-Jiminez, a recent high school graduate, is beginning his first year. The seminarians will discuss where they are in their discernment process, when they first felt that they may have a calling to the priesthood, how their families and friends have influenced them in their lives, and offer advice to other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
Catholic Forum, the longest-running Catholic talk radio program in the U.S., first aired in April 1939. In 2019, the program began airing on Relevant Radio 640, WWJZ-AM, the 50,000-watt Catholic station that transmits from southern New Jersey and covers the entire Diocese of Wilmington. In 2015, Catholic Forum began its podcast on Apple, Spotify and iHeartRadio, and online at cdow.org/CatholicForum.
The Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/DioceseOfWilm), also a ministry of the diocesan Office of Communication, was launched in 2011 and features live-streamed Mass and other special events, tours of historic diocesan churches, and other videos of interest to the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It has more than 1,400 followers and almost 120,000 views.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 33 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. More information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org.