Corentino Never Imagined A Long-Distance Relationship


Corentino came to CatholicMatch looking for something to more. Getting dates wasn’t a problem for the 42-year-old military man, but he wanted someone that he could build a relationship around shared values and the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

He was able to develop quick communication with other members on the site, although not necessarily the relationship he was looking for. A nightly check of his messages usually brought new activity, but the one relationship he’d pursued with someone relatively local to his Milwaukee home wasn’t panning out.

“It was taking too long and dragging out,” he said candidly.

As things were working themselves out, he reached out to Maria. The 38-year-old from California might have been across the country, but the message itself was harmless enough. She was from the Philippines, and Corentino had spent time stationed there. “I wrote her a message in Tagalag, one of the dialects of the Philippines,” he told CatholicMatch. “She started talking right back and I had to say ‘slow down, I don’t know it that well.’” They each got a laugh out of it, but common ground around the time spent in Manila drew them together and kept them corresponding.

Corentino saw in Maria the person who would always be there for him.

Corentino was up front with Maria, that he was still in a stage where he was seeing other people. Both were active in the CatholicMatch community generally, from posting in the message forums to organizing events.

The problems of a long-distance relationship also weighed on Corentino. “I could never see myself in a long-distance relationship,” he recalled. She made the suggestion that they try Skype. He was willing. And it worked.

With his previous relationship officially dissolved, Corentino had the decks of his life free to pursue Maria. They messaged, chatted and Skyped every day. He found himself drawn to her—not just the common interests they shared, but the way she would always be there for him. It was the “more” he was looking for when he came to CatholicMatch.

Corentino found in Maria a woman who would put Christ at the center of their lives.

It was just a little more than two weeks ago that he suggested to her over the phone that they get married on Valentine’s Day. “Are you fooling?”, she asked. He assured her he was not. Maria was still skeptical. The skepticism disappeared when Corentino showed up in California and all the arrangements were made for them to wed in Beverly Hills on Valentine’s Day.

The couple has just returned from their honeymoon and is preparing to begin their lives together in California. Finding success in anything means stretching your comfort zones, and Corentino boldly stepped out of his, into a long-distance relationship and ultimately into marriage with the woman he was always looking for.




  1. Terri-838897 February 11, 2014 Reply

    An amazing story…. Blessings to both of you in your life together. God does have a plan doesn’t He?

  2. Corey H. August 17, 2013 Reply

    Well CM members. I have been married for 18 moths now and it has been beautiful. God has touched me. Don’t throw in the towel. God does everything for a reason. Your time will come when you least expect it like it did for me.

  3. Corey H. May 16, 2013 Reply

    Well, things are just as great as ever. My wife and I are as happy as can be. Keep the faith my Catholics friends.

  4. Corentino H. December 6, 2012 Reply

    Our life together so far has been blessed by God. Keep the faith fellow CM members.

  5. yu-884310 November 24, 2012 Reply

    congratulations! i am so happy to know their story. God bless all of us.

  6. Leny-778996 November 4, 2012 Reply

    Wow! Congratulations….God really knows what is best for us. Yes long distance relationship is not easy but when you overcome every challenges you can build a very strong foundation for a very successful relationship…fulfilled and secured……God bless and goodluck to all of us….have faith and waite for our time too….

  7. Johny M. May 4, 2012 Reply

    I have been in a long distance relationship for two years and the some now. We are not engaged to be married. We knew what we wanted from before, we all doing our part making sure things are staying interesting. If anything we have grown even closer then before. The only distance that stands in between us right is the how far my love goes for her. But I do understand your situation.


  8. Maria H. March 22, 2012 Reply

    Isn’t he so sweet?

  9. Corentino H. March 22, 2012 Reply

    Oh and the amount of time you spend with someone means nothing, I’m living proof of this.

  10. Corentino H. March 22, 2012 Reply

    Life is good everyone and I do believe if that you love someone, you would do anything for them. Keep the faith and your day will come. May God bless all of you.

  11. Elizabeth-753085 March 21, 2012 Reply

    Wow! So happy for both of you! It is something when you step out of your comfort zone. Corentino, I have got to know you a bit here on Catholic Match and I am so happy for you! I like what you said about what you saw duirng your communication, taht she would be and was there for you..that is something that really stands out in these situations because not everyone is willing to do that.
    You really show that all things are possible with God and your an example to others that if you love someone..they are worth moving mountains for! MAny blessings and prayers for a long and happy life. Thanks for the update and keep us posted!!

  12. Florence-837265 March 20, 2012 Reply

    Wow!!! Congratulations to both of you. It’s really amazing how God put two different people from two different places to share a God-centered union. I really admire the guts of Corentino to make that great move to cross the miles just to marry the woman he had always dreamed on. God bless you both & you just taught me that indeed God has His own plans for each of us. – Florence from Philippines

  13. Sherry-302475 March 14, 2012 Reply

    Wow – that’s awesome!!! I pray God will open the hearts and eyes of more men who will take the chance/risk of at least trying a long-distance relationship! With God all things are possible! May God Bless you both with many happy years! Sherry from Clearwater, FL

    • Jen-3409 October 6, 2012 Reply

      You are right… distance should not be a hindrance in finding true love.

  14. Yazmin-746121 March 7, 2012 Reply

    Corentino, I am happy for you. After you wrote me I could tell you were a very nice gentleman and although it seems very quick, I know you have been waiting for this for a very long time and were probably very prepared in your heart and mind to find the right woman for you. Best of luck and may God Bless you two and your marriage. I wish you the best of luck and your future together!
    Yazmin in Jupiter.

  15. Sherrill-anne-13557 March 7, 2012 Reply

    Congrats.So happy for you’ll.May God continue to bless you’ll.

  16. Lucia-551179 March 7, 2012 Reply

    Enjoyed reading this. Wish I was so lucky, but things will happen in due time, I hope! God Bless you both!

  17. Joan-749159 March 6, 2012 Reply

    Wow! This is a beautiful story. Congrats!

  18. Katie-827139 March 5, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to the both of you. I wish you all the best. With God all things are possible. Positive thoughts toward a happy future together!!!

    • Corentino H. March 6, 2012 Reply

      Yes with God, all things are possible. Keep the faith and trust in God.

  19. Heidi-747450 March 3, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Maria and Corentino!!! I am glad to see an older couple finding success. I was beginning to think that CM only worked for 20 something year olds. May God bless your marriage.

  20. Nancy-591885 March 2, 2012 Reply

    I can’t believe you got married so soon after not knowing each other very long. Love that has God at the core can move mountains. Many happy days together. God Bless you both.

  21. Helen-450889 March 2, 2012 Reply

    It is exciting that you found each other. Though, I must admit that I am confused. I thought you guys just met.

    • Corentino-786599 March 2, 2012 Reply

      We just met in our time not in Gods. I can’t explain it, it just happens when you know it. My grandparents met and were married a week later. They were married for 50 years until death did them part. God works in strange ways!!!

  22. Carmina-771160 March 1, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! Truly, if you know what you want and you’re willing to go an extra mile and take risks to do that, it will be possible. I admire your story. I pray God will continue to bless you both and your marriage. 🙂

  23. Vanessa-833031 March 1, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! Nice to see people in Love Cory and Maria. I wish you a happy Life! God bless.

  24. LillianTeresa-528523 March 1, 2012 Reply

    Corentino and Maria. I’m very happy to read about your wedding. I am sure you will be blessed..
    Lillian Teresa

  25. Veronica-56352 March 1, 2012 Reply

    Congrats to the happy couple! It’s nice to see a man who knows what he wants and goes after it! I wish Cory and Maria a life filled with God, love, health, and happiness!

    • Jocelyn-651842 March 28, 2012 Reply

      god bless and very nice story i hope me also someday i meet my soulmate from the GOD . i just be pray to be happy and strong together to all trial come in your life of family. and more baby to come. GOD BLESS YOU.

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