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Sarah and Matt were less than enthusiastic about the whole idea of online dating, even with their mothers prompting them to look into CatholicMatch. Out of curiosity, Sarah created a free account in 2008 to see if she’d get any bites—“If I received a message from someone I was interested in. then I would…become a member and pursue it further.” After several months she gave up.

The problems of dating and meeting people who shared her Catholic faith and values weren’t getting any easier for Sarah over the next two years though, and a friend began to encourage her to try the online dating world more seriously. The 29-year-old from Kansas City opted for a free dating site. “It didn’t take me long to realize that you get what you pay for…I wanted a guy who had morals…,” she recalled. She re-activated her CatholicMatch account. This was at the outset of November 2010 and Sarah committed herself to a one-month subscription.

Matt was also from Kansas City and had heeded the maternal promptings to join CatholicMatch. Midway through November, he was truly Number One—on Sarah’s match list that is. “His smile caught my eye immediately,” Sarah told CatholicMatch. And while his visual presentation was attractive, even more so was his fidelity to the seven core Catholic teachings asked about in his profile. By the start of December, he and Sarah were off to their first date.

The 26-year-old Matt went all-out for the get-together at a local restaurant. He met Sarah there with a bouquet of flowers, and the sweetness of the gesture left her speechless—“a hard thing to do!”, as she later put it. Two hours of dinner conversation and walking around taking in the Christmas lights left Sarah convinced she wanted to spend more time with Matt, and he felt the same way. Before 2010 was out, they were officially an exclusive couple.

Sarah and Matt shared much more than Faith in common—right down to the instruments they played in band to the cars they drive. Compatibility existed on every level, and she grew to love his sense of humor and chivalrous nature. Over the next two months they literally spent almost every day together and they knew all they had in common was hardly a coincidence. God was telling them something. They listened.

In mid-February, the couple began to broach the subject of marriage. By April, Matt had proposed and this past October 8 they were married.

It’s safe to say that neither Sarah nor Matt are online dating skeptics anymore. She feared there was stigma attached to those who pursued that route, but instead of a stigma, they both instead landed the person they had been praying for their whole life.

The classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma, set in the early 20th century, has a song about how “everything’s up to date in Kansas City.” With two more believes in online dating—and most importantly, another happy Catholic marriage resulting from it, it’s a little more up to date again today thanks to Sarah and Matt. They overcame their doubts, and risked a little to gain a lot.

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5 Comments

  1. Candace-587406 November 23, 2011

    Congrats you too! I’m also from Kansas City. It’s nice when you don’t have to travel quite far to go out with a match.

  2. Joann-451185 November 24, 2011

    THIS IS GREAT BUT DOES NOT HAPPEN TO ALL OF US BEEN ON THIS SITE FOR OVER2 YEARSAND I GUESS IM A REAL DOG BECAUSE NOT ONE PERSON CONTACTED ME AND IVE SENT MANE EMOTES&VIEWED PROFILES GUESS I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO MARRY OR HFRIENDS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX…CANT FIGURE IT OUT.. DIDNT THINK I WAS THAT BAD OH WEKK

    • Candace-587406 December 1, 2011

      Joann–I have felt that way too. I have not had many men contact me, but I don’t blame it on myself. You just have to stay encouraged, and know that it only takes ONE guy who will turn out to be the one. :)

  3. Carmina-771160 November 28, 2011

    Very nice story :) congratulations!

  4. Mary-668515 November 12, 2012

    The member stories are so encouraging and I like it when they say it was phone calls and then meeting that sealed their desire to have a relationship. First comes dating then comes the relationship and then marriage. How long does it take – I’m on that journey right now thanks to CM and I hope my story has a dream ending too. Before I went online I put in my request to Our dear Lord and believe that if I ask He will answer me. Amen? Amen!

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