The Story Of Shane, Anne & Our Lady Of Fatima


Shane was looking for a fresh start when it came to relationships. The 26-year-old from the Denver suburbs had gotten out of an unhealthy dating situation and was acutely aware of the importance of finding a woman who placed God first in her life.

“Meeting girls with a strong Catholic faith was difficult for me,” said the young man who’d previously been a member of CatholicMatch. “So I decided try out the site again.”

Halfway around the world, Anne was in a Portuguese church—indeed, it was the main chapel at Fatima, site of the Blessed Mother’s famous apparitions back in 1917. The 26-year-old from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was praying for the right man in her life.

Anne was willing to get a little specific—she wanted a man blond hair and blue eyes, and as a little incentive, Anne promised the Mother of God that if her request was granted, Anne would return to Fatima on her honeymoon to say, thank you.

Two weeks later, Anne felt what she believed to be the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Another former member of CatholicMatch, she decided to give the site another try. Anne, being docile to the promptings of the Spirit, agreed, but with a condition—only for a month.

Anne promised Our Lady that if she was granted a husband with blond hair and blue eyes, they would come to Fatima on the honeymoon to say thank you. Wish granted, promise kept.

Shane wasn’t fixated on staying in his local area, so his search covered the United States. It was here the young couple got the breaks that come with a situation overseen by Divine Providence. Though Anne was living in Brazil, she’d studied at Harvard three years earlier when she was on the site. And before her address was updated, she appeared on Shane’s search.

“She saw that I looked at her profile and sent me a smiley face,” Shane recalled, thinking back to the summer of 2011. “I got the smiley and we started talking from there.” Anne quickly told Shane where she was really from, making sure he was not misled. Not only was he not put off, but he felt her location made her “ten times more interesting.”

Shane and Anne’s messages on CatholicMatch eventually became Skype conversations that lasted for a month and a half. “Skype is such a wonderful tool,” Shane said enthusiastically.

 Indeed, the archive of CatholicMatch member stories is filled with members who used this video-conferencing technology to move their communications beyond the limited dimensions of e-mail. “Through talking and facial expression…we began to know we have an insane amount in common,” Shane said, looking back on their two-plus months of Skype communication.  

“(Then) I did the craziest thing ever,” Shane told CatholicMatch, “and finally decided to see if there was really something to this relationship. I bought a ticket to a place I knew how to speak four words in!” He was on his way to Rio de Janeiro.

Shane stayed with Anne’s family (who did not know any English), and in that visit they both knew they had found the person they were looking for. “She came to visit my family on Christmas and I proposed to her the day she got to the States,” Shane said.

Both Shane and Anne have placed God at the center of their relationship and through that offering have felt secure in their future together.

This past fall, on September 8—the birthday of the Blessed Mother—they were married in Brazil. “And yes,” the blond-haired, blue-eyed Shane assures us, “We went to Fatima for part of our honeymoon.”



  1. Jilly-851316 February 7, 2013 Reply

    beautiful story …I’ve promised to return to Our Lady of Lourdes …not sure I was as specific as you..heheh maybe I should sort that …
    All the blessings of heaven to you both and please God a wonderful family

  2. Gloria A. January 2, 2013 Reply

    Very nice !!

  3. Sue-906387 January 1, 2013 Reply

    Wow it’s very inspiring to see the nudge of the Holy Spirit when it’s involved. Indeed the sky is the limit when God is in the center. No borders can stop tow souls who are in love. Congrats and all the best and blessings for a happy and blessed marriage life.

  4. Paulette J. December 29, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful story. Our Lady did it again. Thanks for sharing, Thanks Mama.

  5. Flor-888984 December 29, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations!! I’m happy for both of you. Goodluck!!

  6. Alma Rosa-704356 December 28, 2012 Reply

    I loved your story! Congratulations!! 🙂

  7. Esther-532964 December 28, 2012 Reply

    I’m so happy for the both of you! I enjoyed reading your CM story. Please say a prayer for me. I so hope to find my wonderful man some day. Your story gives me hope. May God grant you many happy years! Esther

  8. Antonia-927759 December 27, 2012 Reply

    Praise God! Such a beautiful story!

  9. Marita-847688 December 27, 2012 Reply

    I love your dress! You look so beautiful in it!

  10. Kathleen-5781 December 27, 2012 Reply

    This story just made me smile. A lovely story indeed. May Our Lady of Fatima help all of us in our search. Many blessings to this young couple. God Bless them.

  11. Michael-893749 December 27, 2012 Reply

    Who can find a virtues woman her price is far above rubies, indeed seek and ye shall find is practical thanks for sharing.

  12. Kathy-730470 December 26, 2012 Reply

    A beautiful and inspiring story !! A pleasure to read !!!

  13. Candace-587406 December 26, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful story to see the work of the Holy Spirit providing guidance in this couple’s life.

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