Church Buildings: Sermons in Stone
Mike Aquilina is vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the author or editor of more than a thirty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He is co-host, with Scott Hahn, of eight series that air on EWTN. For many years he also appeared as a regular panelist on The Weekly Roman Observer, broadcast by Catholic Familyland Network. He is a frequent guest on Catholic radio.
Mike’s career in publishing spans almost three decades, and hundreds of his articles have appeared in periodicals and journals in the United States and abroad.
In 2011 he was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops’ Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute, an online formation program co-sponsored with the National Catholic Education Association and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He also wrote the USCCB’s theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.
He has co-led pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Italy and has keynoted major events, such as the Conference on Catholic Social Thought in Nassau, Long Island, the Aquinas Forum at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Society of St. John Chrysostom’s celebration of the 1,600th anniversary of their patron’s passing to heaven.
Mike is also a poet and song lyricist. His poems have been translated into Polish and Spanish and have appeared in First Things, Plains Poetry Journal, Catholic Digest, and elsewhere. His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci.
Using the words of the early Christians themselves -- from many documents and inscriptions -- Aquilina traces the Mass's history from Jesus' lifetime through the 4th century. The Mass stood at the center of the Church's life, evident in the Scriptures as well as the earliest Christian sermons, letters, artwork, tombstones and architecture. Even the pagans bore witness to the Mass in the records of their persecutions.