Shannon and Todd had made a connection on CatholicMatch, but they lived two states apart, her in Missouri and him in Wisconsin. The distance led to caution, but as fate would have it — or as Shannon out it, a “God Moment” occurred in that they were both going to be in Chicago over the same weekend.
They arranged to meet and the attraction, already nurtured online, was instant. “As soon I saw Todd I knew he would be perfect for me,” Shannon said. “We met again the following day and by then I was in love!”
This wasn’t the outcome Shannon expected when she joined CatholicMatch. She was hopeful in March 2009 when she joined the site but not overly optimistic. Her impression of singles sites in general was that they were for people looking for dates, and not relationships.
“I was a little skeptical about paying a monthly fee when there was a pretty good chance that the person for me wouldn’t be on there,” she recalled. But she prayed about it and decided to give it a try.
Getting active in the message forums increased Shannon’s visibility and it was there that Todd noticed her and sent an emotigram. They quickly found how much they had in common, which in turn led to their meeting in Chicago. After the Windy City Rendezvous, they continued to talk on the phone, he visited her in St. Louis and marriage and family became topics of conversation.
Shannon is a schoolteacher and was able to spend much of the summer with Todd and his family in Wisconsin. By Christmas of 2010, they had been an official “couple” for over a year and she made another visit to Wisconsin, where Todd works as a church musician and therefore has a busy holiday schedule, but doing the Christmas Masses at his parish was fulfilling for both of them.
Todd took Shannon on a side trip, one they had previously taken, to an area with a spectacular view into the valley and the surrounding country. It was here that he asked Shannon to marry him.
“Yes,” she said. “You know I will.”