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Michael was praying for God to help him find the woman who would be the love of his life, and in his prayers, the 52-year-old from New York was making himself available to go anywhere on earth. God took him up on it, and sent him to Australia.

It was Michael’s birthday and the greetings were coming in. One emotigram came from Rosemary, a 49-year-old from Tasmania. Her charming emote wished him birthday greetings “from a lassie in Tassie.”

There was no thought of an international romance—just the thought that no harm ever came from saying hello—that led Mike to respond, and for the next five months he and Rosemary got to know each other online through messages and chats.

“We realized we were finding each other more and more interesting,” Rosemary recalled. “Finally we shared an e-mail where questions were asked and answered and we decided we needed to meet.”

Any long-distance relationship brings its own set of challenges, and those are multiplied when one goes global, so perhaps it was ironic that Rosemary’s visit Stateside began with her stepping off the plane and into a snowstorm. But the snowstorm and the ensuing trip were symbolic in another way—it established that if the couple made it past the difficulties, something special was on the other side.

“We met, held hands…looked at each other’s faces for the first time,” Rosemary told CatholicMatch. “I stayed a short 14 days but it was long enough to confirm that we loved each other and wanted to be together for the rest of our lives.”

A trip Down Under helped Mike (at far right) connect with Rosemay's family and friends

Mike came to Australia, to spend time meeting Rosemary’s family and friends, and also flew her and her daughter out to New York again so the teenage girl could see where her new home would be.

The process that Rosemary called “The Immigration Journey” last 14 months, and struggle was  part of the package. From Skype not always being consistent, to pricey phone calls and exorbitant airline costs—they continued to travel back and forth—Mike and Rosemary paid the price for happiness. “We both know that it strengthened us, Rosemary says. “We’ve conquered this, we can conquer anything.”

Today they are married and settled into their new lives. A lot of prayer, including a yearlong novena, went into finding the right person and a lot of work went into making it possible. “But we have made it,” Rosemary concluded, “and we still thank God and all the saints for the joy of being together daily for the rest of our lives.”

Mike & Rosemary, together with her daughter, are now a family in New York.

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17 Comments

  1. Anne-424446 May 3, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS dear Rosemary & Mike………..through Him all things are possible (and you always knew that!). May your marriage be Abundantly Blessed. Lots of Love from New Zealand, Anne xx

  2. Agnes-20830 May 4, 2012

    What a beautiful story Rosemary & Mike. May your new life together bring
    nothing but happiness & good health, I admire all that you went through to
    be together, so long distance relationships do work if two people are willing
    to make the effort. May God bless you both & your families. Agnes from NJ

  3. Colette-443908 May 5, 2012

    May God continue to shower both of you with many blessings!! You’re both an inspiration to both Tom and me as we start our relocation process and our journey to the altar. Love you both!

  4. Veronica-56352 May 5, 2012

    God is good! Because of your story, Rosemary and Mike, you give hope to thousands of us here on CM! May God give you continued love, health and happiness!

  5. Kathy-730470 May 5, 2012

    Rosemary and Mike I enjoyed reading your story. For me it strengthens my faith and belief that prayers are always answered. God is good ! Congratulations on your marriage and may you enjoy many years together. Your story gives hope and inspiration to all that long distance relationships are indeed possible.

  6. Michelle-199155 May 6, 2012

    a very inspiring story of how love conquers distance and time — congratulations, rosemary and mike! =)

  7. Karen-854278 May 7, 2012

    What a wonderful story! I wish you both many years of blessed happiness. It proves that when God has directed two people to be together, there aren’t any obstacles that can stand in the way.

  8. Samuel-855985 May 9, 2012

    God is Good !!! I believe with God everything is possible Distance can never stop relationship it can only delay and I believe you both have done the right thing and now you can see that what GOD has Join together no one can put asunder…I am hoping i found my own SOUL MATE soon and I am ready to do anything to get her. I am happy for you both…God bless you all.

  9. Genese-849397 May 9, 2012

    That was wonderful!

  10. CarolAnn-816776 May 10, 2012

    What a wonderful (and cute), venture of two people coming together : ). Congrats!

  11. Carmel-749819 May 12, 2012

    Congratulation from another Aussie lassie, this time from Melbourne. May your lives be full of Health and Happiness together with your loved ones.

  12. Anne-702606 May 13, 2012

    This is wonderful Rosemary and Mike wishing you all the happiness in your marriage. I am confident now that long distance relationship can work as long as both parties are willing, honest and open minded. No prayer goes unanswered with God all things are possible. We pray and never give up in life.

  13. Dacia-777603 May 13, 2012

    God is Good and I believe with God everything is possible Distance can never stop relationship is long it is Gods will . I believe you both have done the right thing and now you can see how God has plans for all of us we just have faith he knows best .
    I am hoping to find my soul mate soon and I am ready to start a new life and hopefully find the right person to share with .I am so happy for you both…God bless you.

  14. Sharon-845269 May 13, 2012

    There is hope in this place!! Wonderful, God is awesome!!

  15. Lucia-551179 May 16, 2012

    So happy to see this story at last. I wish nothing but the best to you both!

  16. Rosita-838294 June 3, 2012

    It’s just beautifull with happy ending. May God bless both of you !

  17. Angela-875525 July 22, 2012

    Congrats…..Rosemary and Mike, God do answer prayer, many blessing in yr marriage

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