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Michael J. O’Loughlin is the executive director of Outreach, an LGBTQ Catholic ministry, and the author of “Hidden Mercy: Catholics, AIDS, and Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear,” which is based on the podcast series, “Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.” He is also the author of The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters.

In 2023, Mike was a nominee for the GLAAD Media Awards for his reporting on HIV and AIDS. He has won awards from the Catholic Media Association, the National LGBT Journalists Association, and the Religion News Association.


Before joining Outreach in 2024, Mike was the national correspondent for America: The Jesuit Review, and a former staff writer for The Boston Globe and its Catholic site Crux. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and the Advocate. He has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NPR, The BBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, and MSNBC. He frequently gives talks on a range of Catholic issues.

He serves on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.


He lives in Rhode Island.

To connect with Mike about speaking and writing opportunities, click Contact.

For information about ordering bulk copies of Hidden Mercy, please contact Broadleaf Books at 877-373-0706.


Follow Mike on Twitter at @mikeoloughlin.

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