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Lino Rulli, ‘The Catholic Guy,’ to broadcast live from Providence College

Lino Rulli, who hosts The Catholic Guy program on SiriusXM satellite radio, will broadcast live from Providence College beginning Monday, January 20.

Rulli will be on the air in the Overlook Lounge of the Slavin Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, January 23. His co-host will be the College chaplain, Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, and the guests will include students and faculty.

Rulli also will observe classes, eat in the food court at Alumni Hall, and attend the men’s basketball game on Tuesday night against Butler University, Father Cuddy said.

“He’s a guy who loves the Lord, loves the Church in its fullness, and is never against taking a few light-hearted and loving jabs at its different institutions,” said Father Cuddy. “He has a very sharp sense of humor and is very quick.”

Rulli’s website describes him as “an everyday Catholic guy with a fresh, fun, and often off-beat take on living out the faith in the world today.”

In addition to his radio program, Rulli has won three Emmy Awards for his work in television and has written two books, Sinner: The Catholic Guy’s Funny, Feeble Attempt to Be a Faithful Catholic (Servant Books, 2011) and Saint: Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away (Servant Books, 2013). He is media advisor to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York.

Father Cuddy met Rulli about seven years ago when Father Cuddy spent a summer in New York City working on a SiriusXM radio program for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, the religious order that founded and staffs PC. The two have kept in touch ever since, and Father Cuddy has been a guest on Rulli’s program.

“He called me a few months ago and said he had an idea for taking his show out on the road, across the country, to visit different places and see how the faith is being lived and what the Catholic Church looks like there,” said Father Cuddy.

The road tour began in November when The Catholic Guy broadcast from St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Father Cuddy said Rulli’s show appeals to listeners because of its “irreverent reverence.”

“He’s very much one who is on the way as a young Catholic but hasn’t yet figured everything out,” said Father Cuddy. “He strikes a chord with the vast majority of people who aren’t yet perfect. There’s a great relatability there.”

Podcasts of The Catholic Guy are available at www.linorulli.com. SiriusXM also is offering free trial Internet subscriptions

— Vicki-Ann Downing

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