It Took Some Horsing Around For Jerome To Find Gwen


Gwen and Jerome had each known the pain of seeing their first marriages end, and were determined that the next time would be different. Gwen had gone through life changes that included a conversion to the Catholic Church. “I wanted someone who enjoyed his relationship with Christ as much as I do,” she said.

The 51-year-old woman from Kansas had something else that can be important to developing a solid romance and that’s a willingness to walk away if it wasn’t she wanted. “I almost had decided that perhaps I was destined to have the vocation of loving the Lord as a single woman,” she told CatholicMatch.

CatholicMatch humbly defers to the horse as the Matchmaker of Record for Jerome & Gwen

Jerome was searching as well. While Gwen had gone into the message forums to help her both meet people, and clarify her own priorities, Jerome had used a different approach to outreach. He tried a novel keyword in the CatholicMatch search engine. “He searched photos under the word ‘horse’, Gwen recalled. “My profile popped up with my teen daughter riding her horse.”

Suffice it to say, the 47-year-old from neighboring Missouri loved horses. Even though Gwen never owned one, she was open to the idea, and liked the idea of being a “cougar”, four years older than her prospective love interest. So after seeing that he had viewed her profile, she reached out to him.

It might have been a horse that was on Jerome’s mind, but Faith was in his heart. A strong commitment to Christ and the Catholic Church was the cornerstone of his own desires for a future marriage.

Jerome and Gwen made the connection with each other, and even though they live in different states, the mileage is only a little over thirty miles. “I was not in his matches because I was older, he was not in my matches as he was younger,” Gwen noted ironically. But the horse brought them together.

Horses might have been Jerome & Gwen's common interest, but their kids are their first love.

Surely there are lessons all can take from the story of Jerome and Gwen. Don’t be afraid to try something a little goofy on your search parameters—it might work and it makes for a fun story afterward. Don’t box yourself in on age parameters if circumstances render them irrelevant.

Jerome and Gwen did things their own way and they did it the right way. They were wed in June of 2011, and are living out in the countryside…and yes, they own four horses.




  1. Anne-702606 May 13, 2012 Reply

    God bless you enjoy your marriage!

    Age should never be an issue the most important is honesty, understanding, be open and putting God first in your life.

  2. Diana-852238 May 5, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to both of you! You have a lovely story and you make a lovely couple. GOD bless you.

  3. Elizabeth-753085 May 5, 2012 Reply

    This is by far one of the best stories! just never know who you will meet. I never thought of just putting a keyword..makes sense. Wonderful and so happy for you both..God helps all and a plan for sure !

  4. Claire-782605 April 24, 2012 Reply

    Blessed Be God forever! congratulations to both of you, I loved horses too but never had a chance to ride one, these stories just made my heart warmed, it’s really wonderful stories of two hearts had met at last , God is good!!

  5. Marbie-844863 April 21, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to both of you! God works mysteriously as well Love moves in myrterious ways…To God be the glory and to Horses be thankful…

  6. Stephen-725391 April 18, 2012 Reply

    I would hazard that it PROVES – God will provide that which is greater than anything one can imagine, if you let him! Congratulations. Stephen

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