Success stories take many forms on CatholicMatch. Some come from members who spent a few years on the site, waiting for the right person to finally emerge. Others have things move more expeditiously.
Then there’s case of Tim and Jess, who took “expeditious” and moved it to a new level.
“Jess was the only girl I ever communicated with on CatholicMatch,” Tim said. “In fact, I paid the sign-up fee so I could see the message that she had sent me!”
Although he was hesitant, Tim was willing to take a chance that was the Catholic spouse he was looking for.
One reason for Tim’s readiness to reach out was his location — Utah is not a hotbed of Catholicism. But just as members in locations throughout the Deep South have found success on CatholicMatch, Tim did as well.
That initial contact took place in the fall of 2008, and after a few messages back and forth they got to together at Starbucks for coffee.
It turns out they had been circling each other throughout their lives without actually meeting. They’d lived three blocks from each other, gone to the same high school three years apart and even attended the same parish. With that much background to share, they quickly moved past the early awkwardness of a first date and within a week had gone hiking and out to dinner. A few weeks later they were an exclusive couple.
Tim and Jess spent the next two years building their friendship and their love. They worked through some rough spots and allowed friendship to happen through natural activities like walking her dog, hiking, going to the dollar theatre, spending time with each other’s friends and attending Mass together.
This past Christmas, it was time to the final step, and Tim brought it full circle to where they’d first met. He took Jess out for coffee to the same Starbucks they’d shared their first date and asked her to marry him. She said yes, and with all their family in town for the holidays, there were plenty of people to share it with.