Small-Town Catholic Girl Marries Real-Life Prince


Single ladies and gents, don’t lose heart. God has a plan for you, a love story that He has had in mind before you were ever born. Before your parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were born. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you” (Jeremiah 1:5).

At the royal wedding last Saturday, on the Feast of the Blessed Mother’s Nativity, at St. Mary Mother of God in Washington, D.C., the priest quoted this passage from Jeremiah in his homily. It was a beautiful Tridentine Mass. European royals gathered with ordinary Americans to celebrate the wedding of His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre of Austria to Kathleen Walker of Ohio.  

There were princes and princesses, archdukes and duchesses, and even one direct descendant of Napoleon. (Plenty of attractive young royalty for singles to swoon over!)

But that’s not even the best part. The best is the love story, a story that was written by God. But Katie, 26, and Imre, also 26, did their part: They prayed and sought God’s will for their lives.

Imre had been praying to his great-grandfather, Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria. Katie had long had a devotion to Blessed Zita, Karl’s wife. She had been praying for her future spouse. After graduating from college, she moved to Washington D.C., where she was active in the pro-life movement and worked for Catholic Charities. (She worked for my husband there; hence my invitation to this elite affair.) One evening a couple of years ago, she attended a talk that was being given on the subject of Blessed Karl. The speaker was his then 24-year-old great-grandson Imre.

The rest, as they say, is history.

On the eve of their wedding, Blessed Karl told Zita, “Now we must help each other get to heaven.” And that is exactly what they did. 

That is our task in life. Imre and Katie’s story should inspire us and give us renewed hope to persevere in prayer and confidence. As CatholicMatch blogger Jessica Zimanske wrote, “let God write your love story.” Pray for your future spouse. Trust that God knows what He is about, as Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman said.

Remember that your spouse is the one God had in mind from all eternity, without whom you might not get to heaven! He or she is the very helping hand we need to arrive at the gate of heaven…and it might not hurt to ask the intercession of Blessed Karl and Zita!



  1. Alan-595969 September 24, 2012 Reply

    …..predicatable. Where does “Small town catholic boy marries real life princess? Women marry for money and “marry up”

  2. Alejandro-159799 September 20, 2012 Reply

    It is great to have a Saint in the family, and it is good to know that there is a True Catholic Monarchy. My best wishes for the newlyweds. Being single and getting older is hard, so I’ll try to dont lose heart and hope..

  3. Matthew-843909 September 16, 2012 Reply

    I got to meet the Prince and his bride to be a week before they were married when they attended the Blessed Carl Mass at St Marys in DC. He is a really stand up guy. They both seem to take the faith very seriously and are pursing sanctity. I definitely wish them both nothing but the best. Great story.

  4. Donna-871162 September 15, 2012 Reply

    I’m happy for anyone who find the one…I just wish I could find my prince…..

  5. Dalya-880347 September 15, 2012 Reply

    I think it’s just great! I always imagine that royalty are the most humble of people because they know what they have and are grateful for it. That’s what we need more of: humility and gratitude. Best of luck to both of them.

  6. July-869617 September 15, 2012 Reply

    Looks like a fairy tale..congratulation for them both..:)

  7. Angela-559424 September 15, 2012 Reply

    No…to scarry to marry a prince…it is hard enough to marry a normal guy because it is hard enough to get to know him…and talking abt dream of a prince? hehehe…no…so not me…

  8. AbigailMay-186235 September 15, 2012 Reply


  9. Eugene-575441 September 15, 2012 Reply

    Yeah but….I’m just not sure if I believe that anymore.

  10. JasminCatherine-893720 September 15, 2012 Reply

    it is of a different love story…….GODS PLAN FOR US IS OF ETERNITY, WE MUST FOLLOW HIM

  11. Meesch-691047 September 14, 2012 Reply

    This is SO MUCH BETTER THAN KATE AND WILLIAM!!!!!! Amazing! Blessed Karl and Zita well done!

  12. Mae-744255 September 14, 2012 Reply

    wow, this story is like the one in the movie The prince and I hehe, very nice story, to God be the Glory.:),bless them both.

  13. Alma Rosa-704356 September 14, 2012 Reply

    Really great lifting words 🙂 Thank you 🙂

  14. Jennifer-284293 September 14, 2012 Reply

    Katie is my friend and I went to college with her at Northern Kentucky University. So happy for them both.

    • Christina-519533 September 14, 2012 Reply

      How cool that you and Katie are friends! She looks like a beautiful woman, inside and out. You must be proud of her. Thanks for commenting, Jennifer.

  15. Cathy-620979 September 14, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to the newlyweds.

    I wish this article hadn’t started with the adage “God has a plan for you”. Thinking that leads so many people to be overly passive in seeking relationships. Whenever single people lament their status, someone always swoops in with “God has a plan for you” which diminishes the importance of free will. I wonder how many Catholic theologians believe God has a plan for each of us. That sounds like the Presbyterian concept of predestination.

    • Cataldo-787443 September 14, 2012 Reply

      God has a plan but we are free to accept or refuse it. More: we are called to pray to have the knowledge of this plan. About vocation to marriage or religious life, St. Alphonse Liguori teaches that if God plans something for us it’s a danger for our soul to refuse it, nonetheless we are free to decide. God Bless you though Mary

  16. Nat-846641 September 14, 2012 Reply

    This is such a good story. Her dress is beautiful!!!

  17. Philip-829665 September 14, 2012 Reply

    That is awesome. Congrats and blessings to them both!

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