CatholicMatch Pilots New Matching System


Editor’s note: CatholicMatch co-founder Mike Lloyd was a driving force behind the creation of a new matching system, which will be launched this spring. He recently fielded my questions about the process.


What was the motivation behind the new matching system?

Our current system of matching is based on the criteria that members input: height, age, location, acceptance of certain Church teachings and so on. It isn’t exactly a two-way street. It was the equivalent of going onto and saying I’d like a 2000 or 2001 split-level. “Find me your perfect match.”

The approach we’re shifting to is personality based – “OK, tell me about yourself” – and then hopefully finding a good house for them. Instead of “this woman matches your search” it will be “this woman looks like a good match.”

By making this claim, we’ll be introducing members in a more clear-cut, proactive way, giving them permission to get in touch.


And in order to come up with up with solid personality-based questions, you called on a respected Catholic psychologist?

We did. We hired Mark Friedrick, a family counselor who has a private practice in Pennsylvania and is a supervisor of the Behavior Health of a regional health system. Mark devised questions for our new matching system. Having seen a lot of failed relationships and troubled ones and being a devout Catholic, Mark is able to address the origin of common conflicts with great skill.

Mark identified crucial categories that couples do well to agree on, from interests to values and vision along with sexuality and communication. I think our whole staff learned a lot from reviewing these categories.

Members will answer questions about those categories based on a Likert scale: strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree.

The general structure of the system Mark devised is to factor in three premises: that there are crucial categories to any relationship; that similarities lend to compatibility; and that individualization leads to better matching.

That last one just means we aren’t making group assumptions or treating people as types – we’re handling this on a case by case basis. Each member will have his or her own match score.

We’re talking about a practical method that may reduce 100 people down to three. I think it’ll help to narrow the field. And it also gives those matches more visibility so it’s easier for them to find each other and make contact.  

The new matching system will help members who may be operating on too rigid of criteria and, in doing so, overlooking some great matches.


What do you hope this new matching system will achieve?

Better starts.

We all know how difficult or even awkward it can be to meet and chat with someone who for some reason just doesn’t align with you. We hope our new system gives members confidence to start a conversation with someone they were matched with, knowing there was a solid basis for that pairing. It may not lead to a relationship or a marriage, but there is definitely something there, a reason to look into it. If you’ve been matched, you’ve got a real foundation to build on.

And ultimately, Mark’s work is based on decades of experience, identifying the similarities in couples that present the best opportunity for lasting love. So once a romance is sparked, we hope it’ll have a better chance of enduring.


It’s interesting that matters of the heart can come down to math.

It is. But at CatholicMatch, unlike other sites, we embrace every tool we have been given: It’s not simply math or psychology but faith also plays a significant role. Our matching system factors all that in, drawing on the Catholic faith and sound psychology.

As a record number of singles in the U.S. emerge, it’s harder for people to find someone who has similar values and a similar outlook on life, so we’re filling a natural gap that’s been created.


Do you see this as the logical next step for CatholicMatch?

Yes. We’re already known for attracting a high-quality membership pool. Now we’ll also become known for taking that membership and pairing them through a high-quality matching system.


So what happens with the former matching system?

Members don’t have to worry: We’re not eliminating it. We’re going to maintain that as a valuable tool – and we’re even going to enhance it. But we’re going to merge it into our search tool and it will now be part of saved searches. Because that’s what it is: searches that provide results based on user-generated criteria, not third-party input. So we’re giving it a more accurate name and a better home.

I think members will be grateful to continue using this search tool while also enjoying the benefits of a smart matching system.



  1. Rose-1431328 June 26, 2017 Reply

    How do you change your answers on this? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Richard-1406601 June 20, 2017 Reply

    The system (Match Portrait) seems to me to be very much like taking an examination – multiple guess, answers lettered A through E where the instructor lays his/her key over the test and grades it. Those who have the same grade are considered a match. This is too much like artificial intelligence where the questions are canned to produce a specific answer.

  3. Rosemary-1442847 May 15, 2017 Reply

    I find Catholic match hard to use, Having better luck with E-Harmony ,,Looking for a Catholic man.

  4. Patrick J-1418898 April 2, 2017 Reply

    I would appreciate more if I knew what a woman who loooked at me was looking for in a man?

    Also, why can’t Catholic Match be an app?

  5. Edward-1423999 April 1, 2017 Reply

    Re: The original application form to join
    Why not provide an example to see in advance, so as to understand the questions…..
    otherwise getting a string of unknown questions is difficult to respond to

  6. Kathie-588634 January 2, 2017 Reply

    Please add to the question regarding children. Some of us have grown children, and so are not looking to add to our families. After that question, it gets confusing regarding how many/when to start. Also would be good to add a question about pets. Some people who prefer no pets, or with allergies may prefer not to be matched with pet lovers.

  7. Susan-930985 April 20, 2014 Reply

    Happy Easter to all ! Not sure how the “new” system is any better than the “old” system. Ditto Elodia’s comment from January, 2014.

  8. Elodia-982734 January 30, 2014 Reply

    Sounds like this “new system” has already started. Would like to try it since I have not had any luck with the present system, I am almost always getting matches from out of state and/or not within the age group requested.

  9. Sally-1019940 October 18, 2013 Reply

    Because my first venture in began just a few days ago, this info was interesting although I cannot make any judgments, of course, due to my lack of long term experience.

    I am taking the positive approach thinking there is a match somewhere here that will find me and I acknowledge him, as already a handful of attractive gentlemen have begun
    welcome conversations.

  10. Marie-967772 April 28, 2013 Reply

    no comment

  11. Edward-965520 April 21, 2013 Reply

    this is becoming a laborious effort to sign in

  12. Russ-965317 April 21, 2013 Reply

    No commnet at the moment.

  13. LillianMarie-957299 March 27, 2013 Reply

    Sounds great..

  14. Nick-956011 March 24, 2013 Reply

    I hope this site helps me find someone I can share my life with.

  15. Nick-956011 March 24, 2013 Reply

    This all sounds great, I have not posted a picture yet but soon will.

  16. Penny-954892 March 20, 2013 Reply

    I think this is great

  17. MaIrene-954814 March 19, 2013 Reply

    good luck to all of us guys.

  18. Michael-951920 March 10, 2013 Reply

    On this sight before, going to try it again

  19. Luis-934439 March 8, 2013 Reply

    i know you gather all this info in order to match people but it is a lot of questions and why do people have to pay so much

  20. Jose-701932 March 6, 2013 Reply

    Yes I looking my love partner friend que tenga un gran corazon y que quiera compartir Su vida con migo y formar un hogar

  21. Bonnie-950994 March 6, 2013 Reply

    I am excited to join this site!

  22. Regina-949796 March 2, 2013 Reply

    Found the questions ok but sometimes couldn’t correct my answers. It was frustrating and a bit too time consuming but am excited to join. Glad for the whole idea of meeting guys who are Catholic and thus eliminating one hurdle. God is good & good idea! Thanks.

  23. Marilyn-949494 March 1, 2013 Reply

    I find the questions on the matching process repetitive and taking way to much time. I found that after siting here for almost an hour I still have about 40% more questions to answer. I don’t think they mean that much in starting a relationship. I will not take another 40 minutes to participate on this dating website. Thank you.

  24. Daisy-946625 February 22, 2013 Reply

    It’s nice & I’m excited to have a new experience to participate of this kind of activities.

  25. Trizah-946255 February 18, 2013 Reply

    a good idea!

  26. Edda-627796 February 6, 2013 Reply

    Changes for the best, I always welcome them!
    Let see if I get less nerves, now.

  27. Janie-937182 January 19, 2013 Reply

    Hoping this is a good website.

  28. Paul-935829 January 14, 2013 Reply

    is this an exiting cite, almost all the posts are old, 2012 post. WHY?

  29. Paul-935829 January 14, 2013 Reply

    I am glad to be here, and I pray that Jesus Christ our Master will lead me aright, so that I may walk in His ways.

  30. Paul-931237 January 1, 2013 Reply

    I am excited to be here and hope God shows me something good here!

  31. Dana-927151 December 17, 2012 Reply

    I hope this will be a good experience. Blessings.

  32. Bette-926790 December 16, 2012 Reply

    I am a widow and would like to spend time getting to know someone and be able to share activities and time with them.

  33. Bette-926790 December 16, 2012 Reply

    I would like to meet someone to spend time with. I am a widow and lonely and would like to participate in a relationship to share my time and activities.

  34. Margaret-405677 December 2, 2012 Reply

    Just want to meet a nice gentlemen to have as a friend first and then companion. Could lead to more down the road. Not interested in men out of state. Ques. about children for people of
    my age are a waste time. At this point in our lives anyone around my age has their familys already as I do.

  35. Joe-520090 December 1, 2012 Reply

    This is a nice thing except I DO NOT appreciate this thing sending matches who are older then me. I AM NOT INTERESTED IN ANYONE OLDER THEN ME.

  36. Martha-922132 November 27, 2012 Reply

    Jim, #307377, makes a lot of sense to me.
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  37. Martha-922132 November 26, 2012 Reply

    I just signed on – I think. I don’t have an available picture just yet but I can understand the need for one. This is the first match-up spot that I’ve tried and maybe the last so I don’t know if a change in format will be better. I can connect with the comment about the profile question about how many children I think make a perfect family since I’m 68. I did pick 3-5 children though.(I had 4). If the right guy companion comes along, great! If not, well, that’s okay, too.

  38. Kassie-921554 November 25, 2012 Reply

    Looking for a ‘good guy’ in the Woodland Hills…San Fernando Valley area.

  39. Tom-921089 November 23, 2012 Reply

    oakmont pa is my home.

  40. Tom-921089 November 23, 2012 Reply

    looking for someone near oakmont pa

  41. Tom-474970 November 2, 2012 Reply

    Hi it is nice to meet you, I hope we can become good friends

  42. Raymond-908303 October 14, 2012 Reply

    is okay i like it when is good

  43. Myrna-889769 September 24, 2012 Reply

    I want someone not far from where I live.

  44. Lilibeth-865123 August 13, 2012 Reply

    I have had quite a few men initiate contact without even checking my profile. They see the profile picture and stop there. I had to turn down a few requests for chats or face to face after reading their profiles and finding out that they are either: too young, too old or not a good fit.

    I also prefer seeing a photo first. I automatically skip any profile without a profile photo or at least a few scrapbook photos. I think new members should be encouraged to post a photo as part of their signing in to CM.

    I am looking forward to trying the new matching system. My only caveat was when I tried the beta, I found that some of the potential matches were men from different states. My profile states I prefer to stay in my location as I don’t believe in long distance relationships. So I am wondering how the profiles are being filtered for possible matches. Thanks.

  45. Engeline-818904 August 5, 2012 Reply

    Yes …I am looking for someone who want to love and enjoy life with.
    Happy to try it.

    • Paul-935829 January 14, 2013 Reply

      that is nice, trust and openness matters a lot.

  46. MaryLouise-852667 August 1, 2012 Reply


    I am looking for someone who is serious about starting a relationship which possibly will lead to marriage. I am looking for someone to love and enjoy life with.

  47. Amy-883662 July 31, 2012 Reply

    hello everyone,hope this site can help me find a longterm partner in life..what i want is love,respect,and honesty..nice to know you..keep in touch.

  48. Phyllis-881549 July 24, 2012 Reply

    In the section labeled ‘Tell Us About Yourself’, no room is allowed to ask the potential match some questions which would reveal some characteristics of the other’s personality. Some of the questions are much too personal. And-if I answered positively to contraception, does that mean there are no match ups for me?

  49. Elizabeth-472635 July 12, 2012 Reply

    I just finished answering the questions. I thought they were good and hit some important points. However, because I was not able to got back to reevaluate some questions, mine will not be accurate. Some were answered accidentally and once answered, that’s it– this is disappointing to me!

  50. Rachel-298853 July 8, 2012 Reply

    Sounds as though everyone should be looking for good marriage mates. Whats wrong with interesting dating mates?

  51. Joelle-873647 July 2, 2012 Reply

    Happy to try !!! Why not !!! 😉

    • Mohsen-753376 July 14, 2012 Reply

      how are you?
      im from iran 45y lawyer and bsinessman
      i need a lady for friend
      can you help me?
      im wait your answer me

    • John-873637 August 7, 2012 Reply

      hi there you can email me john

  52. Julia-872020 June 27, 2012 Reply

    Great! Looking forward to this. I’m so excited! 🙂

  53. JoAnn-677059 June 19, 2012 Reply

    Some answers are right on target& some not so great,

  54. Daisy-695428 May 29, 2012 Reply

    All the new changes are great, but are we open to interacial dating. I think that it should be added so that ones’s preference is included and clearly stated. It would be interesting to know before making a connection. We are a global community and this would enable another level of honesty and openess.

    • Marilyn-949494 March 1, 2013 Reply

      I totally agree. I think people should be able to state their preference. It has nothing to do with predjudical opionons.

  55. Carolyn-656265 May 25, 2012 Reply

    I have been using Catholic Match for sometime. Ive been totally disappointed with the results. Since I am an older woman and recent widow, I desire to meet a man who can share my life as a friend. So far, I don’t know what the men that I have met desire of a female companion. You meet them once and then they comment that they are “too busy” to continue on after the first meeting. There’s got to be a fun-loving, warm, friendly man out there whom would enjoy sharing their daily life with me. I’m have a very outgoing personality, love to travel,attend theater, movies as well as spend quiet time with my family and friends. Anybody out there whom would enjoy sharing some quality, enjoyable time with me? I also can only be interested with men who live in the Eastbay area of California. Carolyn

  56. BettyAnn-619293 May 21, 2012 Reply

    I prefer not to “log out”, but I feel it was a waste of time (both times I was a member) for me to “keep” trying, trying and trying, with no success….and I am not getting any younger. As far as this new way of helping your members….I agree with some. I’m FOR anything that would help us find a mate.

    Thanks for including my comment.

  57. Ed-850197 May 14, 2012 Reply

    Personally, would rather do my own sifting. Some good traits so overwhelm the undesireable traits that I am willing to make exceptions. My perfect woman would have land and cattle adjoining my land and cattle. So I just eliminated everyone here by a strict definition. I see where your coming from, but you could miss a diamond by digging in the wrong spot. So I say Amen to Carmel’s comment.

  58. Miguel-845555 May 11, 2012 Reply

    The question about if marriage is forever…. is not correctly made. Marriage is forever (under the Church’s teachings). The Church never nullifyies no nothing; it declares that it was always null because it never existed.

    Under that understanding (which is what most ones would suppose you wanted to say) someone wanting to adhere to the Churchs’s teachings will be in trouble for wanting to answer both options. In any case, the expression ‘nuliffy’ is very dangerous because it leads many to understand that the Church really has the power to decide upon marriages (thus recongizing a way of divorce).

    Please, rephrase the sentence and make it possible to answer adequatly.

    Thanky you

    • Cat-795260 July 29, 2012 Reply

      i think you need to research your answer.

  59. Maryann-738678 May 10, 2012 Reply

    I am interested in meeting new people. I prefer a man who is also a Roman Catholic.

  60. Bev-672070 May 4, 2012 Reply

    I think it should be simple and make it easy for two people to talk, certainly not like Eharmony.
    I think our society is already to judgemental. Why make it even harder? Catholic match should be easier,my goodness church dances are how my grandparents and their parents all met . Even my parents their was more human socializing then this cyber world we are in today.
    Take some leaps of faith both Women and men Please

  61. Ana-712402 May 2, 2012 Reply

    I’m still here, and I think, the process to be in CM should be simple and enjoyable for all “IQ”s.

  62. Melissa-407647 April 29, 2012 Reply

    Is this only for members in the USA?

  63. Carmel-749819 April 27, 2012 Reply

    The fact that the new site has been compared to eHarmony is a bit disturbing. The latter, is almost an exclusive club, as they are very selective in who they accept as their members. What about if your computerized matching system does not find a suitable match for me anywhere. Does this mean that I am not a suitable to be on Catholic Match? My prayer is that Catholic Match stays open to all Catholics.

  64. Jim-307377 April 26, 2012 Reply

    In the end I ask myself ‘Do I want to wake up to this face every morning?’. Most of us choose who to look at based on their photo.

    If I say I don’t follow the churche’s teachings on contraception and premarital sex, does that mean I would never be matched with those that say they do? Many are not telling the truth on that anyway. They say 90% of Catholics use contraception and probably have premarital sex like the overall average population.

    I agree with other’s comments that they don’t want to see an eHarmony approach where ‘you’ decide who I can look at.

  65. XochitlMaria-328358 April 25, 2012 Reply

    Great!! Looking forward!

  66. Donald-585826 April 21, 2012 Reply

    Ok, I finally got through the questions. I think being in my 50’s the children questions were a little out of place unless of course I meet a younger woman who is capable of having children. On the other hand if I were 60 or 70, those questions about having children would be pointless. I think some questions might be more relevant for certain age groups and not for others. One question seem a little odd, regarding if I see something that disturbs me I get very upset and try to do something about it. I don’t think that is a good response to the question. For example, the Holy water at church was removed during our Lenten season. This was very disturbing to me and I did do something to correct it, but I did not get very upset over it. So, I get done with all these questions only to learn there are no matches because enough people haven’t answered them. Ugh…

  67. Rese-837473 April 21, 2012 Reply

    Well looking forward to giving this a new way a try. However, I wish more users would be open to dating someone who lives overseas. I live in the caribbean I have travelled to the U.S. on occasions, am able to go there on a somewhat regular basis and with technology like skype, magic jack etc. I believe it can work out but most of the guys that I was matched with previously only want someone “within driving distance”. I know CM did not have control over them putting that information there (was the users choice) but I hope the new system will match me with people who are open minded to thinking maybe the right person for me may be in another country like I am…….who know’s God’s geographic boundaries on the location of the “right person” for me or someone else.

    Sorry I just needed to vent that…….been praying and trying so long to find a person right for me lol.

  68. Ana-712402 April 21, 2012 Reply

    I do not think the temperament test is a practical thing to do. The questions should be more realistic,and aplicable to all ages.

  69. MaryAnn-400901 April 19, 2012 Reply

    Some of the questions are not relevant to all ages. For example, asking someone post-child bearing how many children they want to have seems silly. I also found that several of the questions had no selection that matched my desired response. That said, it is completed!

  70. Donald-585826 April 19, 2012 Reply

    I think the number of questions is too many. The first 15 or 20 will reveal everything you need to know about yourself or who you are looking for. I got about 20% done and gave up. I’ll have to come back to it later and try again and see if I can get through them all.

  71. Elizabeth-51838 April 18, 2012 Reply

    how many questions are there? I only got to 55% of the way through and then the questions got a little too personal..

  72. John-731321 April 18, 2012 Reply

    Always something new, and not always better. Make the new stuff an option. I’m old, I don’t like changes. I am less apt to renew if I have to deal with something new every so often.

    How about requiring the folks to display a picture. What was that again…something about one picture is worth……..I’m old…I forgot the rest….


    • Lil-863430 June 2, 2012 Reply

      change is inevitable

    • Zachariah-875366 July 7, 2012 Reply

      I think more information gives room for a better match as similar life experiences tend to make two very different people apparently made for each other.

  73. Audrey-789333 April 18, 2012 Reply

    I sounded like a good thing, but I am unable to take the test. LOL I have tried twice and keep getting a blank screen with “Done” on the status line below. PLEASE don’t be DONE with me. LOL

  74. Tonny-832024 April 18, 2012 Reply

    Go with the flow

  75. Jose-701932 April 18, 2012 Reply

    Muy bien

  76. John-146319 April 18, 2012 Reply

    I think it should be optional, not a requirement. The questions are watered down versions of the temperament test. If a member has taken the time to take the temperament test, they shouldn’t have to take the match portrait.

  77. Mike-702837 April 18, 2012 Reply

    Like some of the others have said…….too much like eHarmony, which was a wholly unenjoyable experience.

  78. Bobbie-557829 April 17, 2012 Reply

    I always like change,so fine with me.

  79. Brianna-804266 April 17, 2012 Reply

    Much better 🙂

    • Mohsen-753376 July 14, 2012 Reply

      how are you?
      im happy see you
      you very beautiful
      im from iran 45y lawyer an businessman
      im moslems
      i would like you and me friend pen pal
      do you okay?
      im wait for your answer me
      tnx bye

  80. Paul-302787 March 25, 2012 Reply

    Well, it sounds interesting. I’m willing to give it a try. No strong feelings one way or the other.

  81. Trevor-465933 March 23, 2012 Reply

    There is no harm in trying a different direction and making improvements to the site, so that better results and performance is achieved. There is no better vehicle to use, than new technology, which has created enomous savings in time and money over the centuries. Just imagine! Twenty years ago, it was impossible for me to place my profile on the internet, and just instantly get a reply from a woman, indicating if I would, or could be a suitable mate. If the sites database can interograted to produce better results.
    Thank the lord!

  82. Coral-810512 March 22, 2012 Reply

    Dear Catholic Match I have been looking but did not find anything, when does this new system begin, pl keep me posted, thanks

    l keep

  83. Dawn-58330 March 18, 2012 Reply

    This sounds like a good direction for CatholicMatch to go. I’m going to be watching out for this new avenue to finding the right man. One of the things I really like about CatholicMatch is that it has many ways to find our match. There isn’t a single way to go about it. And I am glad to hear that it is involving our faith as well.

  84. Annie-684013 March 18, 2012 Reply

    Really looking forward to this! When will the program begin?

  85. Ramona-652361 March 15, 2012 Reply

    I hope it’s better, better than the story about it because above it’s posted “Instead of “this woman marches your search” it will be “this woman looks like a good match.” I’m thinking it was suppose to say “Instead of “this woman matches your search”

    • Tiffany-807694 March 23, 2012 Reply

      Well people make searches based on superficial characteristics very often and may miss out on individuals suited to them based on personality, values and interests that make them compatible to another person, so I understand the overall objective. This will help to narrow down the pool and avoid a lot of time wasted.
      Now I thought what you were looking for was something more like ” This woman is an ideal match” instead of “looks like” as that sounds less promising.
      If left to our own devices we may overlook important characteristics to seek in a match which in essence does not make a match.
      I wish the site would incorporate some of the tools that christian mingle does, i.e. Relationship Readiness quiz.

      • Liza-471353 August 24, 2012 Reply

        I’m not familiar with Christian Mingle….but I definitely agree with you on questions that will help determine Relationship Readiness! I’d like to sift through and rule out the “players”.

  86. Tony-705734 March 15, 2012 Reply

    I am probably the “downer” opinion here, but please do not try to make it like eharmony’s system. Uhg, still getting shivers thinking of that.

    • Ramona-652361 March 15, 2012 Reply

      UGH eharmony was a nightmare, Chemistry too.

    • Brian-278516 March 22, 2012 Reply

      Tony like anything there are good aspects and not so good aspects. No matter what another dating site might be doing we always try and do what we think is best for CatholicMatch. As the article stated we are trying to give our members more and better ways to meet their potential spouse. Even with our new matching system you will still be able to browse, search, find users in feeds, forums or any other feature CatholicMatch has.

  87. Sherry-118409 March 14, 2012 Reply

    I’m excited to see the new results!

  88. Annie-832822 March 14, 2012 Reply

    Can’t wait to give it a try!

  89. Alice-827572 March 14, 2012 Reply

    I agree

  90. Kate-756604 March 14, 2012 Reply

    This sounds much better! Thank you CM.

    • Anthony-941373 February 4, 2013 Reply

      I have no idea about you, but sound interesting.
      Up late due to a lot of volunteer work i do and watched
      the super bowl.

      Blessings, Anthony N.

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