Falling In Love On Assignment


Check out this wonderful column by Ann Augherton, managing editor of the award-winning Catholic Herald in Arlington, Va. It chronicles a high-tech, cross-country courtship (850 miles, to be exact), but my favorite part is the story of how romance first blossomed between these two talented Catholic editors:

My friends tease me that it was the pope who brought us together. The back story: I was on assignment to cover the pope’s September 2006 visit to Germany. My future husband, fellow Catholic journalist Christopher Gunty, was on the same assignment. We had known each other professionally for years, from conferences and e-mail.

Halfway through the week we visited a church in Altotting, where the tour guide pointed out a shrine to St. Heilige Munditia, the patron saint of single women. That was my kind of shrine, so I made a quick visit.

Coincidence or not, the following day Christopher asked if I wanted to go for a walk after dinner. We’d been running from press platform to press center, and from town to town all week, but now the bulk of the work was over and our group was in Oberammergau, a quaint little Bavarian village. So after dinner, we strolled along the fairy-tale streets, so quiet you could hear a pin drop or a prayer being answered.

So blame it on the Alps, the star-filled night or St. Heilige, but it became apparent that our friendship had potential.

Read the rest of the column here. And ladies, shall we plan a CatholicMatch event to Germany?



  1. Kathy-555815 September 21, 2011 Reply

    Great way for two professsionals to meet.

  2. Nicholas-605683 September 17, 2011 Reply

    I’m a reporter myself, so I particularly enjoyed this.

  3. Barb-505508 September 17, 2011 Reply

    What a great story! I read the whole column and am grinning ear to ear. If Ann and Chris can make it living so far apart, then my LDR with Mr. Right ought to be a piece of cake!!!

  4. Vhie-763540 September 17, 2011 Reply

    “Falling in love on assignment…”

    I like the creative way they both do at the same time being away from each other. What a beautiful love story. I admire their dedication for each other. God bless!

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