Joe & Diane Kept Faith In God Through The Suffering


Diane was not interested in an online romance since her two previous marriages hadn’t worked out. The 57-year-old convert from British Columbia was blessed with six children, but after 13 years since her last marriage, Diane wasn’t so sure about romance.

“I had made two unwise choices,” Diane said, “and was not prepared to trust myself again, so I left it in the Lord’s hands and He didn’t seem to be in a hurry to do anything about it.”

It turned out the Lord had more plans for Diane that she might have thought. She felt an inner prompting from the Holy Spirit to join CatholicMatch since members are able to answer questions about Catholic faith and morality. “This was extremely important to me, because I wanted to weed out any men who weren’t devout.”

Joe & Diane blended their 10 combined children into one new family.

A search of profiles led to Joe, who was the same age and also living in British Columbia. Diane reached out to him with an emotigram: “Ladies, don’t be shy!” (Diane’s encouragement to other CatholicMatch members.)

That emotigram triggered a two-week message exchange, and after one month they met for a first coffee date.

Joe brought Diane a big bouquet of flowers because he understood the grace that comes through suffering. He too, had been married twice. His first wife passed away over 20 years ago, and a second marriage ended in annulment. Joe was also blessed with four kids.

Twenty months after their first coffee date, Joe and Diane were married in the Catholic Church. Their lives have been abundant in both grace and suffering, and now they can share their lives together.

Joe & Diane both went through a lot to get to this moment together.

“Have faith and keep praying,” is the advice they both offer to CatholicMatch members who shoulder their own crosses and hope the right person is out there. “The Lord will provide in his own time.”



  1. Joan-629290 October 19, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and best wishes Joe and Diane! Such a beautiful story. May God grant you and your entire family many years of happiness.

  2. Marlyn-839979 October 12, 2012 Reply

    congrats joe and dianne. i hope i will met my future lifepartner at cm too.

  3. Jennifer-805834 October 12, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Joe & Diane! Wish you both happiness and blessing!

  4. Maria-821511 October 11, 2012 Reply

    Congradulations! I haven’t much luck but it gives me hope.. God Bless you both

  5. Dean-880211 October 11, 2012 Reply

    I have been a member for a couple of months and haven’t had much response. This story is inspiring and gives me hope. I wish you happiness , Joe and Diane.

  6. Kathleen-889644 October 11, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to u both.

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  8. Jilly-851316 October 10, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. God bless you both and your family.

  9. Mercy-794463 October 10, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! Beautiful story!
    May God bless you both!

  10. Anne-702606 October 10, 2012 Reply

    This is a beautiful story to read. Congratulations Joe and Diane! The word of the Lord in the Holy Bible says Jeremiah 29: from verse 11: For I know the plans I have for you says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, say the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

    God bless you and watch over you and your family.


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