Expectations Fulfilled


It was five years ago that Dave and Sue Lendacky arrived at the online shores of Catholic Match. Both were committed to finding a spouse who shared their faith. Sue had previously tested the waters of other online venues, and found them wanting. A particular experience with speed dating, left a lasting impression—“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone”, she said with a laugh. Dave arrived with a deep commitment of purpose. His first marriage was to a non-Catholic, and this time around he wanted someone who shared his faith. “I wanted someone to go to church with, I was looking for that bond.”

Both were optimistic about the possibilities afforded to them online. “In a bar scene, you don’t what their intent is, Dave said, referring to the prospects one meets in that venue. “You don’t know if they want a serious relationship. Here online, you have that commonality.” However, he did not have any particular expectations from his participation on Catholic Match. It was simply another venue for the arena of romance to play out. Conversely, Sue felt things would move quickly in her direction. It took five years, but eventually her optimism was well-grounded.

It was the online version of flirting that brought them together. Dave found Sue’s profile as part of a search. In going through her encounters, Sue noticed him. She clicked his profile back. He responded with an e-mail. It ushered in a three-week period of e-mail exchanges, at times up to fifty a day, and phone conversations that set the stage for their first date.

Distance was an issue for Sue—the hour-plus drive between her Long Island, NY home and Dave’s location in Connecticut was a hurdle for her. Indeed, it was the reason she hadn’t written him upon originally checking his profile. It was less a concern for Dave, and he made the drive to visit her for their first date. “He came to the front door with a box of chocolates and gifts”, Sue delightfully recalled. As the relationship progressed, Sue was able to return the favor. “A couple of times on a Friday night, I’m just lying on the couch, Dave recollected. Then the doorbell rings, and there she is for a surprise visit.”

One challenge the Lendackys had to meet has gone pleasantly smooth. They brought a combined three children into the marriage, and to everyone’s good fortune, they all get along very well and has resulted in a smooth transition. Sue relocated to Connecticut where they have begun their lives together.
Both of them counsel other CM members to practice patience. “It doesn’t happen overnight, Sue advised. And it’s tough when you have kids.” Dave affirmed his wife’s comments—“You need to just hang in there for a while. When I first joined I dated a woman for eight months. After that didn’t work, you just start all over again. It’s going to take time.” Both of the Lendackys were very happy with their experience on Catholic Match throughout the process. Their wedding took place in June. They are glad to have found each other and are excited about starting a new shared family life together.



  1. Gioconda-456145 November 2, 2009 Reply

    I am happy for all of you!

  2. Evabeth-440280 October 29, 2009 Reply

    God Bless ur family! the fruit of patience is always sweet!

  3. Debbie-381835 October 27, 2009 Reply

    So there is hope! Thank God! I am so happy for you all. God bless you always!

  4. Christine-456052 October 26, 2009 Reply

    Cool!!! i am very happy for you both and find your story encouraging. thank you, God Bless your marriage

  5. Melanie-498993 October 24, 2009 Reply

    Nice to know there is hope.

  6. Doris-487794 October 19, 2009 Reply

    ongrats! Thank you for sharing. For me, it helps knowing that time is the key ingredient. God's choicest blessings on you and the children.

  7. Trish-413857 October 13, 2009 Reply

    I am so happy for you both! I guess the secret is patience! Best of luck in your lifelong endeavor!

  8. Rose-344135 August 31, 2009 Reply

    May God always be the center of your marriage…..I also pray for such a blessing….

  9. Martina-464542 August 4, 2009 Reply

    Good for you, and I pray for more good marriages like yours,
    ( the country needs good cityzens that have good mariages
    and form a christian families). For the good of the country, the
    society, and citizens.

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