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Ted and I have a rather unique story and meeting one another through Catholic Match was truly providential. Ted had previously tried a number of dating sites and met a number of women, but he could never seem to find a lady who was ready to settle down and have children. He wanted to meet someone who valued family and would not mind raising one in a rural setting since he had recently built his own house near his childhood home.

I had been discerning religious life and was in formation with a community of sisters for several years before God made it clear that professing final vows was not what he was calling me to do with my life. I had no idea if marriage was my vocation, but I joined Catholic Match out of curiosity. A friend of mine had met her husband through the website a couple years earlier. I didn't really expect to meet anyone immediately and had no serious intentions of getting married anytime soon.

I missed living in the country as I lived in a more rural setting as a child, and I related to the comment on Ted's profile that he wanted someone who would not hate living in the country. Ted and I chatted a couple of times and talked on the phone once or twice before agreeing to meet, but I didn't tell him I had been in the convent at first. Our first date was really sweet. We met in a neutral spot for dinner and drinks, went on a long walk, and ended the night by sitting on some bleachers by a ballpark and talking under the stars. He was so adorable, and I joked with him when I called my friend at 10:00 pm to let her know he wasn't a psycho ax murderer. He told me later is was the best first date he had ever gone on and knew from that night I was the girl for him. I liked him a lot but having recently left the convent I wasn't as sure of marriage yet, but I really liked spending time with him. We were raised similarly and had so much in common!

On Ted and I's second date I confided in him about having been in the convent and he indicated his sister had googled my name and thought I may have been. It made me laugh because he had been nervous about meeting someone who would judge him for not knowing as much as she did about the Catholic faith since it was a Catholic dating site. Little did he know he would end up dating a former sister!

I am a campus minister, so we had all kinds of time to hang out during the summer even though we live about 90 minutes from each other. When school began though it was more difficult because I work 2nd shift including Sundays, and he works 1st shift at his job. It has been so very hard to hardly see one another, but some couples have it much worse. At least we had the chance to spend several nights/days a week together during the first couple months we dated. We are both in our early thirties and as we cared for one another more and more, we knew we couldn't take being apart all the time for very long!

Ted proposed to me just two months after we began dating in his front yard of the house he built in the country. I was totally not expecting it to happen that day though I knew I loved him and wanted to marry him. He sat down his cooler from work and got down on one knee, and obviously I said YES! I had only been a member of Catholic match for a few weeks before I met Ted. We are both very honest and forthcoming even though we are introverted. We knew what we wanted, believe marriage involves selfless love and sacrifice for one's spouse and family, and spent a lot of time talking about what was most important to us. He is a wonderful guy and I am so glad that God kept me in the convent until I could meet him and that he never gave up looking until he found the right girl for him! We will be getting married on May 28th, 2010!

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45 Comments

  1. John-560203 April 1, 2010

    God has truly blessed you both. I was married to a truly amazing woman for almost six years. Our wedded life was a true blessing for our faith grew while our relationship grew in married life. Then the Lord called her home not long ago. I miss her greatly but I know she is still with me in spirit.

  2. Shaun-503056 April 1, 2010

    Wow. I dated someone who was considering a vocation once. Glad it worked out for you. Congrats!

  3. Carlos-167015 April 3, 2010

    wow good timing. Like a Swiss watch haha ;)

  4. Casey-459212 April 3, 2010

    Being in discerment for the preisthood as well as maraige this gives me hope.

  5. Maureen-462033 April 5, 2010

    My mother was in the convent, and left in time to meet my father courtesy of her cousin. They married in 6 months and had 43 yrs together until he died. God bless you, grant you long life together, prosperity, happiness and many children!

  6. Michelle-346850 April 5, 2010

    Awesome and congratulations to both of you! Thanks for sharing your story.

  7. Jay-310246 April 8, 2010

    Awesome!

  8. Jim-149694 April 8, 2010

    Great story! My dad actually more or less kidnapped my mom out of a convent school when she was 18 and then raced her to the next state to marry before their favorite priest. What was he thinking?! But decades later they have eight children and over forty grandchildren. God works in wondrous ways when people love each other. Best of luck to you amazing young people. :')

  9. Daniel-66493 April 10, 2010

    May the happiness He has given you grow through your many years together!!!!

  10. Jennifer-520702 April 10, 2010

    Sally I am blessed to know you and know that the Lord has been molding you into a great woman of God. It has been an encouragement to know that true love can be found on CatholicMatch and what a good testimony the both you are! The Lord has many blessings in marriage for you and know that I am keeping you in my prayers,
    your friend in Christ,
    Jen

  11. Marilyn-530910 April 10, 2010

    Thank you for sharing. What a happy years you have ahead of you. May God bless you and your future family.
    Marilyn

  12. Dave-428254 April 10, 2010

    IThanks for sharing and congradulations to you both!

  13. Elizabeth-384197 April 12, 2010

    What a wonderful story!!!

  14. Virginia-430305 April 14, 2010

    Congradulations! May God Bless you'll. What an inspirational story.

  15. Leah-75135 April 15, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your story. It rang true for me as a "former sister" too. May God continue to bless you and please don't forget to pray for the rest of us who are still looking and awaiting God's will!

  16. MaryKate-568689 April 15, 2010

    I love your little article. I too was a Franciscan Sister for a short time (5 years), and also knew that I could not profess final vows. It has taken me over 2 years to come to terms with this. Just a week ago, I came to this wonderful Catholic dating website, and felt compelled to sign-up, not something that I would have ever expected to do. But I have found some joy in rediscovering the option to

  17. MaryKate-568689 April 15, 2010

    I love your little article. I too was a Franciscan Sister for a short time (5 years), and also knew that I could not profess final vows. It has taken me over 2 years to come to terms with this. Just a week ago, I serendipitously came to this wonderful Catholic dating website, and felt compelled to sign-up,:not something that I would have ever expected to do. But I have found some joy in rediscovering the option to reevaluate my possible vocation to marriage. You have given me great hope to once again open my heart to a wonderful Catholic man if this be God's Will. I wish you both great happiness and all of the Lord's most choice blessings as you pursue your new life together. Please pray for me that I too find the great of love my life, a loving, holy, Catholic man. Peace, joy, and good to both of you, as you begin your sacred new life as husband and wife. I am so happy for both of you. Rejoice, the Lord is good, and he will set us on the right path if we only listen

  18. MaryKate-568689 April 15, 2010

    I love your little article. I too was a Franciscan Sister for a short time (5 years), and also knew that I could not profess final vows. It has taken me over 2 years to come to terms with this. Just a week ago, I serendipitously came to this wonderful Catholic dating website, and felt compelled to sign-up,:not something that I would have ever expected to do. But I have found some joy in rediscovering the option to reevaluate my possible vocation to marriage. You have given me great hope to once again open my heart to a wonderful Catholic man if this be God's Will. I wish you both great happiness and all of the Lord's most choice blessings as you pursue your new life together. Please pray for me that I too find the great of love my life, a loving, holy, Catholic man. Peace, joy, and good to both of you, as you begin your sacred new life as husband and wife. I am so happy for both of you. Rejoice, the Lord is good, and he will set us on the right path if we only listen

  19. Isabell-201048 April 18, 2010

    I enjoyed your story, I guess we never know the surprises God has waitng for us!
    God Bless You.
    Please pray for the rest of us who are called to the vocation of marriage.

  20. Ellen-103252 April 18, 2010

    Love this!! God is good every single day. God bless.

  21. Rosemary-493810 April 20, 2010

    Dear Sally and Ted,
    All God's blessings on your marriage, your life together and may happiness abound. I pray for married couples and I will pray for you both.

  22. Anita-348184 April 23, 2010

    A very beautiful story…thank you for sharing and inspiring. Congratulations!

  23. MarieSandra-354190 April 24, 2010

    That's so wonderful! Glory be to God!

  24. Melinda-536794 April 24, 2010

    God bless you both!

  25. Kaitlyn-554231 April 25, 2010

    Congratulations!! It's beautiful and surprising sometimes how God works things out :)

  26. Paula-324170 April 26, 2010

    CONGRATS!! Best of luck to both of you – may God always be the 3rd person in your relationship!

  27. Krystel-142440 April 26, 2010

    god bless u both!!!

  28. Joanna-573506 April 26, 2010

    God bless you both and your future family :)

  29. Patrick-573253 April 29, 2010

    congrats and may future together be beautiful

  30. Diana-563505 April 29, 2010

    How beautiful and inspiring! Im thirty too so at least it gives me hope that its still not too late to find someone special to spend my life with as well ! God Bless!

  31. Brenda-492841 April 29, 2010

    What a beautiful romantic story. One of my patients was a former nun. She and I had many long conversations, and a very special connection. She never had any regrets regarding her decision 30 years ago. She has a wonderful husband and 2 daughters. One daughter is an artist, and the other a teacher. She remains a very devout Catholic, who touches the heart of all whom she encounters. Blessings to both of you, my dear!

  32. Joy-447534 May 2, 2010

    I am truly inspired by both of you:-)…God bless!

  33. Vladimiro-398172 May 6, 2010

    wow that so amazing congrats for the both of you. May God bless you both everlasting. That very A romantic story.

  34. Katy-568330 May 9, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your story! I just recently came home after five years of consecrated life, and have only been a member of CM for a month. You've given me a lot of hope! God bless you both!

  35. Angela-304987 May 9, 2010

    congratulations to both of you. We all walk different paths in life – its most important to hear God whispering in our ear. I wanted to be a nun when I was a little girl, but then knew I was meant to be have a family one day.

  36. Gordon-559718 May 15, 2010

    I pray that you live happily ever after and that you spend eternity in God's embrace.

  37. Rachel-579123 May 18, 2010

    Sally, this is such a beautiful story! It lightens my heart and eases the pressure I have been feeling! I know that God brought me to where I am for a reason! God bless your marriage! Congrats!

  38. Mark-267373 May 18, 2010

    Congrats Sally and Ted , great story , May God Bless you both on your new life together I will pray a special Rosary for you both on that day ..

  39. Roy-580956 May 19, 2010

    GOD bless, I wish U all the best…

  40. Lavern-442730 May 19, 2010

    You were meant to be with each others arms.. Best Wishes

  41. James-578962 May 21, 2010

    Great story! Thanks for sharing and "congrats" to you both:)

  42. Catherine-578008 May 21, 2010

    Congratulations! How romantic……I just watched "Letter to Juliet" and now I need to believe there is a true love.

  43. Guadalupe-278629 May 23, 2010

    Congratulations and God bless on your upcoming wedding! Enjoy each other. :)

  44. Ana-390601 May 28, 2010

    How beautiful! Congrats!!

  45. Maria-507737 May 31, 2010

    That is very beautiful . God bless you both . Shows how sometimes God just saves people up for the right time . Eh ?

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