A Fresh Start Ended Dating Frustration


Elaine was looking for a fresh start, but pursuing a relationship seemed to be hitting a dead end. The 68-year-old from St. Louis decided to let go and let God decide when the timing was right to start anew. In the meantime, she gave up on feeding her dating frustration, and went a different route in looking for that fresh start.

“Having no family in the St. Louis area, I decided to head back to Arizona,” she said. “I longed for family connections. My many friends are wonderful and supportive, but they are not family.” Elaine let her subscription to CatholicMatch lapse, but it wouldn’t be long before she found reason to return.

Elaine received a notification that someone on CatholicMatch had sent her a message. That someone was Richard, an 80-year-old widower from the southern part of Illinois. She went to check out his profile.

“For some reason his profile seemed to really speak to me,” Elaine recalled. “I renewed just to follow up on this person and after emails through CatholicMatch, then phone calls, and)finally a dinner meeting, we began to date and meet each other’s families.”

After giving up her desire for a relationship to God, Elaine found herself part of a new, extended family that welcomed her.

After giving up her desire for a relationship to God, Elaine found herself part of a new, extended family that welcomed her.

After an initial concern about their age difference, Elaine realized that Richard was in fact the healthiest and most active one. For his part, Richard loved Elaine’s upbeat nature. “Elaine is intelligent, a positive thinker, and has many interests,” he said. “She is friendly and outgoing, and committed to the Catholic religion.”

Elaine was touched by the outpouring of support from her friends and family. Her son, and his family have been very supportive and she has one granddaughter. Now she feels the same connection with Richard. “We have so many things in common and share a love of traveling. At our age it is wonderful to find a companion that enjoys theater, movies, and game playing in the evening. We both wanted to be certain that vegging in front of the TV would not be our only activity.”

After Elaine’s first marriage ended in a bad divorce and was subsequently annulled by the Church, she now has not only her own son, but four new adult children, twelve grandkids and even two great-grandchildren are now a part of her life.

“All this after I had decided that being single would be my life. I was making plans to be as comfortable and happy as possible, even though I longed for a companion,” she said. “When we just turn our lives over to God and don’t try to force the issue, he will lead us down the right path.”



  1. Martha-1323591 April 17, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations to All who have shared their success stories with us.

  2. Martha-1323591 April 17, 2017 Reply

    Greetings. I have been off and on of Catholic Match several times. It sure can be difficult some days to face life alone. I only wish that one of these success stories was mine. In a deeper sense and with the help of the Holy Spirit my wish is that those who are really serious about new relationships will receive and be grateful. I hope that those receiving will not forget what it was like when they were alone. Let them be reminded of how painful it can be even if it is only briefly enough to pray for others. My fervent hope is that those receiving “new beginnings” will be reminded that there are still those still searching/seeking. After almost 10 years divorced (and annulled) I by no means feel that having a partner is the “answer” to everything. However, I do know it doesn’t hurt to have a partner/companion with whom we can each rely when the chips are down if that is where we are called to be?.

  3. Jean-1333614 September 2, 2016 Reply

    Beautiful stories of finding love on Catholic Match.

  4. Candace S. May 28, 2014 Reply

    Good luck on your new journey!

  5. Nancy-1053787 January 25, 2014 Reply

    Beautiful stories of love that fill me with hope and wonder and faith that when I let Jesus in, He will bring us the best person to spend the rest of our lives in prayer and joyful hope with.

  6. Kathleen-409752 January 23, 2014 Reply

    Very nice story and ending – best of luck!!

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