Wilde, O.S.A., Ph.D.
Priests for Life
Rev. Denis G. Wilde, O.S.A.,
Ph.D. is a member of the
Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, was associate professor of
music at Villanova University from 1977 to 1998, before he joined Priests for
Life. A Long Island native, Fr. Wilde is a professional pianist and
presents piano recitals around the country in conjunction with pro-life
ministry. Father Wilde received his Ph.D. in music from The Catholic University
of America (1984) and had been professionally engaged as choral director at
Villanova and as guest conductor in five continents. Father feels a unique
interest in relating music and pro-life ministry much as the heart is moved
through beauty in life.
Fr. Denis has been actively involved in pro-life concerns
since before Roe v. Wade. In the 80s he personally witnessed to the "rescue"
movement and thereby developed ecumenical ties from the expression of common
faith in God as the Author of Life. Beyond preaching and teaching on campus he
has now traveled to over 750 venues in 47 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe, delivering the Gospel of Life
and supporting the local pro-life efforts of clergy and laity.
Fr. Denis writes: "There is sadly no more dangerous place
to live than the womb. This bizarre situation of a culture of death propped up
by law and camouflaged as medicine perpetuates a lie of a colossal order. Its
consequence is a dead end street to baby, mother and civilization.
"Our days, seen against this backdrop, can be foreboding.
But they can also serve as a national and church wake-up call to act on the
promise God has given us all - to thwart evil and reclaim His Victory over
death. A priest therefore needs to be at the front, side by side and supporting
his flock in this battle for life. Ours is not an option to wait for
someone else to come along. What a joy it is to know that God is in
charge and will not fail to lead us forward to end this 'unspeakable crime’.”
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