Isaac & Elizabeth Found What Wasn’t In ‘The Real World’


Isaac was in Australia, attending college and getting his first exposure to a full-scale secular world. It was a new experience for him, and he created a free account on CatholicMatch out of curiosity.

However, even in spite of his surroundings, he was leery about getting too involved. “I really didn’t like the stigma that was carried with internet dating,” he said, “so I really pursued anybody.”

He received e-mails from CatholicMatch telling him of potential matches, but while it intrigued him enough to take a look, it was never enough to get him to become a full member. In the meantime, he continued to pursue love in the secular world, often mis-named the “real world,” but found himself let down by women who did not share the Catholic Faith.

Elizabeth came across Isaac’s profile and set him an e-mail. This caught his attention and he liked everything about her own profile, so he decided to become a full member, so he could communicate with her.

Soon they were e-mailing, texting and eventually talking on the phone. Though 200 kilometers separate them—he lives in rural Victoria, while she was in Brisbane—they were able to meet face-to-face in October 2009.

“To my delight she looked better in the flesh than in any of the photos I’d seen,” Isaac recalled. By the time he left her side he was convinced he’d met his future wife and they agreed to give a relationship a real chance.

The financial costs of maintaining a long-distance relationship were not insignificant, but they were committed to face-to-face meetings at least once a month and they maintained daily contact via phone, e-mail and text. They talked about serious issues—family and children, and they reflected on the Scripture readings from each day’s Mass.

As they moved the relationship forward, the question of where they would settle became an issue. Isaac looked for a job in Brisbane, but came to believe that God was instead calling him to Melbourne. He was able to find employment there, and settled in. It is of note that Isaac found God’s will not by prayer alone, but first seeking a job in Brisbane and from there letting the Holy Spirit move him in another direction. Prayer and action must always work together.

Elizabeth was prepared to relocate, but indicated firmly she wasn’t doing so without a ring on her finger. It was a problem Isaac was more than happy to solve. In February of 2010, he went to Brisbane to propose and she said yes. They were married this past month and have begun their lives together in Melbourne.



  1. Jeanne-1064373 April 3, 2014 Reply

    Aww Aussie love! Super cute 😀

  2. Paul-99681 March 3, 2011 Reply

    Nice story …………However just think it was only about 120 miles that they lives apart what in many cases is nothing and they had a chance to be together once a month .

    Not wishing to judge and realizing that part of putting things in perspective has many factors such as what one may deem as “significant cost” based on their budget ,other financial and how well they manage their funds but still some are compelled to write and write viewing endless profiles with only a hope that someone will find a mutual interest while others find a connection right away .

    Also one can just as easily rack up a few hundred miles and others ,untold thousands and the expenses that are incurred over the years are staggering both momentarily and emotionally and when time comes and a relationship is granted by God still a month wait to see each other could just as easily be several or even turn into years !

    I think it’s wonderful when things are easy and who wouldn’t choose that? also God Bless the ones who have this and may it change for the ones who don’t !

    I only wish to encourage and ask them to really think about what is exactly “hard” and where dose easy end and almost impossible start? The answer is simple my friends and it’s just having faith in each other ,yourself and most of all God then no journey is to hard or far ,

    With love Paul !

  3. Betty-573079 March 1, 2011 Reply

    Isaac and Elizabeth, wonderful story congratulation god bless you bring you guys alot of happiness. i was married to a wonderful man, for 42 years.wish you luck for many years too come.

  4. Elizabeth-605638 February 22, 2011 Reply

    It is good that catholicmatch has worked in Australia. It has given me hope.

  5. Megan-262372 February 22, 2011 Reply

    Wow! I am SO happy for Isaac and Elizabeth! I love reading stories like this because it gives me hope that there just might be somebody out there for me too! I just have to keep the faith and allow God to work within me and to trust Him 100%!

  6. Marie-575233 February 22, 2011 Reply

    How romantic.I am happy for both of them.They make a lovely couple.

  7. Cecilia-268283 February 21, 2011 Reply

    I am jealous too….Hm….The story from the land down under.

  8. Joshua-137903 February 19, 2011 Reply

    wow, im jealous, lol, congratulations, yea i think women are alot more attractive in real life than photos, thats for sure a fact!

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