A Double Dare: Search Outside Your State Today


Skim through our success stories and it doesn’t take long to detect a pattern: Many of our happily engaged and married couples had to look outside their city or state to find their mates.

  • Matt from Madison, Wis., had no interest in long-distance relationships, but he was impressed by a woman from Raleigh, where he now lives.
  • Chet and Elizabeth overcame the gap between Alaska and Texas. “We realized we were at extreme corners of the country,” he said. “But that didn’t keep us from getting to know each other.”
  • Mike flew from Ohio to Missouri to meet the woman he is now engaged to.
  • And let’s not forget our fearless heroine Evelyn, who ignored Tim’s stated preference that he would only pursue a relationship within driving distance. She broke the rules and landed herself a fiancé. (Hey, technically you can drive from Richmond to Chicago…it just takes a while!)

I understand the many reasons for staying in your area. You’re not alone: 30 percent of CatholicMatch members say they prefer their current location. (That means technically they could relocate, but they’d rather not.) Another 13 percent say they can’t move.

But maybe, just maybe today’s the day to get inspired by these long-distance love stories and search for profiles within 200 miles. Or 500. Or just once – what have you got to lose? – “no preference.”

You might be surprised by what you discover.



  1. Barb-505508 June 12, 2011 Reply

    No one was more surprised than I was at having found Mr. Right living in the next state and in a Chicago suburb no less. Before I could run I needed to learn how to walk. Yup, that’s right, this girl who hails from a burg the size of Mayberry RFD, had to navigate the city of Milwaukee all of this winter in preparation for my drive to the windy city on a wing and a prayer. And do you know what???? I’m so glad I did. I drove down to Chicago and back on my birthday weekend and had an absolutely fantastic visit with Mr. Right’s children and he took me to some fabulous places and spoiled me rotten. You might ask if we’re serious yet and my answer is that we’re in love and that only God knows the plan from here. So ladies and gentlemen, don’t exclude someone in the next state or two or three or four over. Instead, get down on your knees and ask God to show you the way and I guarantee you that he will be beside you every step of the way. Many blessings to all of you, my CM friends!

  2. Eve-112836 June 10, 2011 Reply

    my first and second attempt at finding long distance love didn’t work out. Not that either of the men werent great because they were, they just werent the right one for me. Unfortunately it was because things failed that I closed myself off to meeting anyone long distance. When my fiancé first contacted me I quickly read his profile and on it it read that he was looking for someone local. Since I had the same criteria on my profile I didn’t think that anything more then a friendly chat would occur. A little less then a month after we began communicating we met in person. Trying to navigate a long distance relationship is hard. We’re clear across the country from eachother (CA to GA) yet we made it work with Gods grace. When you meet the man/woman meant for you distance is something that’s easily conquered. So in other words, I agree whole heartedly with this article. It never hurt to expand your search.

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