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On a cold March day as I was shoveling the driveway my neighbor came over to tell me he had met Victoria, a wonderful woman from Spain whom he would soon be marrying.

“Congratulations, Mike!” I said, genuinely happy for him since his wife had passed away from cancer a few years back.

Later that evening I told my wife the news. The first thing she asked me was: “She’s from Spain, well how did they meet?”

Obviously, I had forgotten to get that tiny detail. In fact, the thought never even crossed my mind. Perhaps it is because men and women are wired differently or simply because I tend not to pay much attention to such details. Either way I had dropped the ball.

“Maybe they met on CatholicMatch,” my wife said. Now I knew my neighbor was a fairly devout Catholic, as he regularly attended daily Mass. However, as far as I knew, Mike did not know that I was involved with CatholicMatch.

“No way!” I responded to my wife. Seriously, what would be the odds that my next-door neighbor had met his fiancée on the website I helped to start and run?

At this point my wife had piqued my interest enough that I opened up the laptop and did a search just to prove her wrong. Shock: Mike had a profile on CatholicMatch! Double shock: Mike was in a relationship with a woman named Victoria and she was from Spain!

The next day I ran across the street and knocked on his door. “Mike, I have to ask you – where did you meet Victoria?” He then proceeded to tell me that he met her on a Catholic dating website.

“CatholicMatch?” I asked.

“Yes, that’s the site!” he responded.

“I run that site!” I answered. At that point Mike was in tears, hugging me in his front yard and telling me how I had changed his life.

Obviously the credit must first and foremost go to God, then to Mike and Victoria who each took the chance of going online. With that said, words cannot express the joy and satisfaction I felt knowing that the work we do here at CatholicMatch is changing the lives of people all over the world – and even our neighbor next door.

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34 Comments

  1. Michael-170950 September 7, 2010

    what a great great story!

  2. Ann-625127 September 9, 2010

    hope, it will change my life too…i just signed up!

  3. Maria-433630 September 11, 2010

    what a wonderful and touching story! The best to all of us and may we all be blessed too

  4. Elizabeth-592199 September 11, 2010

    Bless you for the time and effort that you put into Catholic Match! I’m sure there are many wonderful stories that you never get to hear, but how wonderful that this particular story was so close to home, literally and figuratively! Liz

  5. BettyAnn-619293 September 11, 2010

    The Power of Prayer – “With God, All Things Are Possible”.

  6. Lorena-520199 September 11, 2010

    Congratulations…. I want a catholic husband….

    • Mary-618472 September 11, 2010

      That’s a great history, personally I wait to be blessed as the same way :)
      greatings

  7. Cindy-534949 September 11, 2010

    This story gives hope to those of us still on our search for that special one. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Luis-554051 September 12, 2010

    How many miles are there from CA to Indonesia?

  9. Yoel-611466 September 12, 2010

    let see how far I can go!!!!

  10. Sandy-622742 September 13, 2010

    Great story! Thanks for your part in Catholic Match–one aspect of Catholic Match that I am appreciating is the pleasant surprise–there’s a lot of good, Catholic, faith-filled, St. Joseph-type men out there!

    • Sally-614928 September 13, 2010

      Soooo good am 100% sure my match is on the way. God does not delay!!!

  11. Patricia-570045 September 14, 2010

    Let’s just say that I too am thousands of miles away from the Western countries and hope that someday someone will proudly say that he too found his wife (i.e. me) thousands of miles away :-)

  12. Patricia-570045 September 14, 2010

    I too am thousands of miles away from the Western countries and hope that someday some guy would be proud to say that he found his wife (i.e. me) thousands of miles away through Catholic Match. A girl can still hope, right?

  13. Eveline-613567 September 14, 2010

    nice story.. Love doesn’t look the distance ….

  14. Grace-39317 September 24, 2010

    May I know your name, sir? Because I also thank you for the blessings CM has brought into my life. Though I haven’t met yet the “one,” I meet wonderful people from different countries who become my friends until now. CM is blessing, a gift. God bless you :-)

  15. Jeanette-601726 September 24, 2010

    What a great story!

  16. Sheri-523467 September 26, 2010

    This is GREAT! True love and God’s will will prevail.

  17. Diana-563505 September 28, 2010

    All I can say is God bless him for meeting his and the one who started this website as well! :-D

  18. Sharon-529412 October 2, 2010

    Great story!! Good Luck

  19. Hedwig-187792 October 5, 2010

    Yes I do like this story; but I wonder still how they actually met face to face on that distance and the story doesn”t say. I am aware distance is really a big problem; that is also mine. Pax ..

  20. Rita-634091 October 9, 2010

    Hope to all seekers.

  21. Roslyn-80300 October 11, 2010

    A very inspiring story, indeed. :-)

  22. Rita-428358 October 14, 2010

    :) ;) Good story!!

    • Sean-474568 October 18, 2010

      God has no boundaries so therefore Love has no boundaries, Also it truly is up to us to take a leap of faith in all things. So nice to see!

  23. Amanda-630957 October 25, 2010

    Love it, love it. this article is aweson!!!! Obviosly the credit must first and foremost go to God, then I am faithfull that I can find my lovely half here in this site. why!!! well Catholic churches are working wonders all around the world. I am going to church every Sunday and my wonderful church is helping a lot people in many ways that’s how I know about this site. so that in base on the Top post successful stories of CatholicMatch.com I know deep ly in my heart that my fear of online dating will turn into a choice of love. Thanks so much for giving me hope.

  24. Glenn-490345 October 26, 2010

    Anything is possible…If we put it in God’s hands, He will guide us, and open doors in ways and places we never imagined…if we are but open to the prodding of His Spirit and are willing to follow Him wherever He may lead us.

  25. Lis-618050 November 2, 2010

    A moving story. It gives hope to individuals who live from far away distance…after all, long distance relationship can work….well, that is, with prayers and God’s blessings according to His plan…….

  26. Claudia-635473 November 5, 2010

    You are lucky guy’s that is the gift from God….Make U’r married life healthy and stronger….

  27. Joe-553461 November 11, 2010

    Excellent story. I have been on Catholicmatch for about 7 months and last month I met a lady in the chatroom. So to everyone here Pray alot and be Patience. I was not going to renew my account and the Deacon at my church suggested I stay on a little longer and that month i met a very nice lady about 1000 miles away. God Bless and Good luck

  28. Erika-650517 November 17, 2010

    It is a beautiful story. There are huge cultural differences between people though, that can cause friction. My ex husband was from Spain–his cultural and familial influences were huge. I pray this marriage works out.

  29. Nnenna-651592 November 19, 2010

    wow… congrats to them. i hope i have the same story to tell soon.

  30. Esther-532964 March 21, 2013

    Yeah! I’m so happy for them. I hope and pray I find my wonderful love of my life. I’ll keep praying and never give up! Many blessing to the happy couple!

  31. Carlos-977696 June 21, 2013

    Hmmm well I live in Germany, what are the odds that a thing like that might happen to me too? I hope it does! Not many devout Catholic girls who live in my area. Please pray for me Cm’ers, as I will for you too :0)

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