Mike Aquilina is one of my best friends, my daughter Maria’s godfather, and a prolific writer. He is also the Bill Gates of blurbs.

Mike provided the original impetus for me to begin writing. When we met many years ago, he was the editor of the Pittsburgh Catholic diocesan newspaper. Later Mike became editor of New Covenant magazine, published by Our Sunday Visitor.

During his tenure with New Covenant, Mike published a few of my articles on finances from a Catholic perspective. He then began encouraging me to consider writing a book.

When we moved from Pittsburgh to Columbus, the hardest part for me was leaving Mike behind. For years, he has been a source of encouragement, and his humility has always impressed me deeply. Mike is also the consummate connector, and has introduced me to countless terrific people.

Kathi and I joke that if we ever meet the Pope, he’ll ask, “Hey, how’s Mike doing?” Mike is just that kind of guy – he seems to know everyone.

So with that background, you’ll understand why Mike’s endorsement for my first book means so much to me. I think it’s way over the top, mind you, but “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint” wouldn’t have been written without Mike’s influence. Here’s what he says:

I’ve known Kevin Lowry as a Catholic and a businessman for the better part of two decades. And I’ve been waiting all that time for him to write THE book on faith in the workplace. Reading this book is a privilege — like the chance to learn shortstop from Derek Jeter or songwriting from Paul McCartney. Take notes.

– Mike Aquilina, Author and Executive Vice President of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Thank you, Mike! I am eternally grateful for your friendship and encouragement. If writing blurbs were a paying job, you’d be wealthier than Bill Gates!