Different Continents & Fixed Incomes Didn’t Stop Them


“I had no intentions of getting into a relationship with an Aussie,” Angela said bluntly — and she shared that with Joseph after he sent her an emotigram from Down Under.

But a relationship (and eventually more) is exactly what Angie got into, and today the woman who ruled out Australia is moving to Victoria to start a new life with the man she loves.

The success story archives of CatholicMatch are filled with the testimony of couples who insist God transcends distance when a relationship is meant to be, including international boundaries.

In this case, Angela and Joseph were both on a fixed income, but that problem was transcended too. Through CatholicMatch communication, Skype and what Angie called “an amazingly cheap cell-phone plan,” they made it work.

Virtual dates allowed them to be physically present to each other and to gauge attraction along with chemistry. Finally, with some vacation time from work, Angie was able to fly to Victoria for a month. The visit was about not only confirming the attraction they were both convinced existed and exploring the next level in their relationship but also to find out if Angie could handle living there if things kept moving forward.

The answers came quickly.

“I loved both Joseph and Victoria immediately,” Angie said. “It truly felt like home.”

Near the end of her visit, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, Joseph asked for her hand in marriage. By then, Angie was ready to say yes.

Joseph made a return visit to see where Angie was from, meet her family and formally ask her father’s permission to marry her. They celebrated his approval with a cookout, where she was delighted to see how well her father and fiancé got along.

Angie and Joseph agree that CatholicMatch was important – not just in bringing them together, but in providing a framework for understanding that they were on the same page morally and spiritually. With that important underpinning established, they moved forward much more freely.

“We wanted all on CatholicMatch to know that distance challenges are nothing if God is the matchmaker,” Angie said. “We allowed God to choose the best person for us both. We trusted. He delivered. We accepted.”



  1. Anne-424446 January 11, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations Angie & Joseph. Like you, I have every confidence that a Long Distance Relationship can work, despite so-called “obstacles”. It just takes a total trust in God’s Will for us..and FAITH, HOPE & LOVE. (Welcome Angie to the Southern Hemisphere. May you enjoy your new life Downunder..and who knows, perhaps Joseph will eventually bring you to New Zealand as well). God Bless you both abundantly.

  2. Nigel-84606 December 26, 2010 Reply

    LDR’s can and do work, but it takes a commitment from both sides to put the hard yards in to succeed. We need to submit our checkbox list of values we’re seeking in a spouse to God, prayerfully, and seize the moment. Set those expectations high and God will not disappoint.

  3. Dana-532230 December 22, 2010 Reply

    Beautiful story, I am so glad you went for it! Too many out there afraid to take a chance.
    My Best wishes to you both!

  4. Dominica-645225 December 19, 2010 Reply

    Congratulations to Angie and Joseph! Your love story across the ocean is something that will inspire others to believe that amazing things are possible if you both pray and trust in God. Angie, Australia is going to love you! You look wonderful together.

  5. Jessica-524950 December 18, 2010 Reply

    love this story! so many times i’ve been told i’m too far away! that is crazy to me b/c why would u be on an online dating site if distance was a problem…and furthermore if u really trust in God being in control why would u think that distance was a problem? He puts people in our life for one reason or another:) congrats and i wish u both the best:)

  6. Barb-505508 December 11, 2010 Reply

    What an incredibly happy story! Congratulations and best of luck to you both.

  7. Paul-347935 December 9, 2010 Reply

    Awesome story; thanks so much for sharing. It really is inspirational and gives hope that “long distance” relationships can succeed!

  8. Debbie-396241 December 9, 2010 Reply

    Yes. This gives a lot of encouragement! Congratulations to this couple.

  9. Sherrill-anne-13557 December 8, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for sharing and giving us encouragement.Wishing you guys all the best.

  10. Mary-25961 December 8, 2010 Reply

    I think this story and the couple’s commitment to find the right one for them and allowing God to be the distance guage is a testimony to what it truly means to let go and let God. What drew me to this article was the fact that they were on fixed income. It shows when one is open, in spite of “list” of what is needed for a relationship, that anything can happen.

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