Mike Aquilina, Fellow of the Principium Institute, is author of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, composer John Michael Talbot, and theologian Scott Hahn, among others. His works have been translated into many languages, from Hungarian and Portuguese to German and Braille. The Grail Code has appeared in ten languages since publication in 2006.
Mike has co-hosted ten thirteen-week series for the Eternal Word Television Network. He is solo host of two feature-length documentaries. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show” and is a frequent guest on other TV and radio shows. For many years he was a panelist on “The Weekly Roman Observer,” a news-commentary program on Catholic Familyland Network.
In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops’ Leadership Institute. He wrote the USCCB’s theological reflections for Catechetical Sunday in 2011 and 2016. In 2015 he wrote the companion volume to the NBC miniseries A.D.: The Bible Continues. In 2016 he wrote the companion volume to the MGM remake of the movie Ben-Hur.
Since 2002 he has collaborated closely with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, which he has served as an executive and trustee. He is past editor of New Covenant: A Magazine of Catholic Spirituality (1996-2002) and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper (1993-1996). Before holding those positions, he was editor at Black Box Corporation (1986-1993) and editorial director at The Barash Group (1983-1986).
He has published hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews in journals such as First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, The Priest, Columbia, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought. He has received honors from the Catholic Press Association, including “Best Biography” and “Best Magazine” (the latter for New Covenant during his editorship).
Mike has led pilgrimages to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the Holy Land and is a popular speaker on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has keynoted events and lectured in prestigious venues, including the U.S. Capitol, Aquinas College (Nashville), Franciscan University, Little Portion Monastery, Penn State University, St. John Fisher Seminary, State University of New York, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo).
He is also a poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals (and in Polish and Spanish translations). His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award winners Paul Simon and Dion. He shares songwriting credits with Dion on the critically acclaimed albums Tank Full of Blues (2012) and New York Is My Home (2015).
Mike is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State University, where he finished with honors and high distinction. He received the University’s Oswald Award for Achievement in Journalism and Mass Media. He has, for years, served as a consultant and collaborator to scholars, artists, and Church leaders, helping them to produce books, speeches, and essays. He and his wife, Terri, have been married since 1986. They have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.