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  • The Day I Buried My Wedding Ring

    I trudged up the steep dirt trail, my legs burning from the effort. It was the first week of autumn and a mild breeze blew occasionally across the path, drying my sweat. Garcia Trail is a jagged course of switchbacks that ascends a mile skyward to a point overlooking my small...

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  • How You Meet Your Spouse Matters

    Editor’s note: Just a reminder that there is only one week left to apply for the National Catholic Singles Conference scholarship! Click here for more information and apply to the scholarship. We spoke with CatholicMatch Institute contributor, Heather Voccola about her experiences with online dating, what is important in her faith life and...

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  • Mopping Your Way to Marriage

    My CatholicMatch fiancé and I had the best marriage preparation session this week. We weren’t gathered around a conference room table with our Priest or even learning a valuable lesson from our parents, who, combined, have nearly 60 years of marriage under their belts. We were actually alone, and...

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  • The Catholic Church Has Not Forgotten Singles

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I was blessed to be present at the canonization of St. John Paul II and St. Pope John XXIII! Despite my love for John Paul II and his amazing work, I wasn’t too excited about the massive crowds I’d been...

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  • Do You Talk Too Much On a First Date?

    Do you talk too much on a first date? Or, perhaps you talk too little? By taking over the conversation or not saying enough, you may be inadvertently shooting your potential relationships in the foot. I recently spoke to a woman from CatholicMatch who was expressing her recent online...

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  • One Last Chance At Dating Paid Off

    Mark and Amy getting together with each other—or anyone else—was by no means a foregone conclusion. In fact, each were tired of the frustrations associated with dating, but were giving it one final try

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  • Does Marriage Confusion Lead to Bad Dating?

    Are Catholics dating with the purpose of marriage? Do single Catholics have an understanding of marriage as a vocation? Do dating and engaged couples put too much emphasis on the magic of the wedding day instead of preparing for a lifetime? CEO and co-founder of the CatholicMatch Institute, Brian Barcaro, talks with Brian...

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  • I Was Alone and Keeping My Marriage Problems a Secret

    The analogy that best describes the end of my marriage would probably have to be a flash flood. I woke up one morning and the sun was shining; by afternoon though, it was raining; and by night time, I was completely underwater. I was totally blindsided and had no...

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  • God is Calling. Will You Answer?

    Franciscan University of Steubenville is hosting the Encounter Young Adult Conference in St. Louis (May 30-June 1) this year. Sr. Miriam James Heidland, from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity will be a speaker at the conference. The CatholicMatch Institute spoke to Sr. Miriam about her role as...

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  • Must Love Dogs & Catholicism

    Cade and Nicole were far apart, he in Texas and she in Connecticut. But the Holy Spirit was quietly at work to bring them together, and it started with his dog, Bella.

    Nicole decided she had three basic requirements for any dating partner. Of course they had to be Catholic….

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