Michael and Alice-Jo were both looking for fresh starts. He had gone through a divorce, and she had lost her first husband. But starting over is never easy, especially when you’re committed to a relationship, and ultimately a marriage, built on the Catholic faith. But the 64-year-old retired social worker and the 55-year-old hospice nurse from Ohio were going to make it happen.
A year and a half after her husband passed, Alice-Jo was looking to make more social connections. An ad for CatholicMatch in her parish bulletin got her to the online community. Meanwhile, Michael heard of CatholicMatch when he read an article in the National Catholic Reporter.
The couple had been a part of CatholicMatch for about six months when they made the connection, and Michael believed it was no coincidence that he found success here, rather than the other sites he was a part of.
“The whole structure, and the way it’s set up makes things easier,” he said.
He also felt a larger pool of full members only increased the chances for success.
After Michael and Alice-Jo connected online, it didn’t take them long to decide to meet face-to-face. The distance between them was a manageable two hours, with him in the Cleveland area, and her from Steubenville. They met in between, at a canal town called Roscoe Village, with its restored shops making it a nice romantic backdrop to a first date.
The couple had more than a share Faith in common, they had a closeness to their families. Michael had daughters in Columbus, while Alice-Jo’s son lived near her. After a year of spending time getting to know each other and making the drives back and forth on the Ohio Turnpike, Michael decided it was time to make the next move.
He made plans with her to go to adoration back at Roscoe Village, the site of where it all began. Alice-Jo’s son sensed that something that was in the works. “He’s not coming all that way on a weeknight to go to Adoration,” he son said skeptically. She dismissed his comments and went on to the meeting. It was there that Michael proposed.
Alice-Jo accepted, the couple was married in the Church, and is now happily wed and fresh off a post-Valentine’s Day overnight at nearby Oberlin. It didn’t come easy and it didn’t happen right away, but in the end it all came together for both of them.