Mike grew up in a sicilian ghetto in which it was expected that everyone was Catholic. With the upheaval of the ’60′s, when he was in the 6th grade, Catholic education seemed to become devoid of content. He began to think that Christianity was irrelevant and something not to be taken seriously. In college, he fell totally away from the faith. Through his undergraduate years, though he wasn’t attending Mass, he began to be exposed to Catholic culture and beauty by his studies of history and art. In a poetry class, while translating a poem of St. Thomas Aquinas, God led him back to the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of The Way of the Fathers: Praying With the Early Christians, The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers, Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons, The Fathers of the Church Bible, The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home, and many more books.

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