Denise Gave CatholicMatch One Last Try


Denise was none too happy with the way things were going on CatholicMatch. The site just didn’t seem to be working for her, and the 37-year-old health-care worker from Orlando was ready to drop her membership. She decided on one last step, a modest change that would have a life-changing result.

“I expanded my search to 100 miles,” she said. “The first person that popped up was Chris. I liked his smile, that was the first thing I was drawn too.” Denise also liked that Chris, 40-years-old, and less than a two hours drive away from her, had photos posted with his family. “I’m very close to my family and it’s always hard to find a mate that has similar relationships,” she said.

Denise sent Chris a “smile” emotigram, and two days later he wrote back. After a few weeks, they decided there was enough of a common bond to get together. At the end of October 2011, they met up at Disney. “Our date lasted all day and we never ran out of things to talk about,” she recalled.

Chris & Denise went to Disney for their first date and the conversation and good times lasted for 16 hours.

Chris & Denise went to Disney for their first date and the conversation and good times lasted all day.

Over the next year, Denise would find much more than Chris’ smile drawing them closer together. She admired his honesty, his work ethic (he is a chef) and his involvement with his parish church. “He is a hard worker and takes pride in all he does,” she said.

There was something much deeper for Denise to admire as well. She admired how Chris handled her as a cancer survivor. “I was diagnosed in 2003 and had a recurrence in 2010,” she said. “When most young people were out looking for a mate, I was more concerned about staying healthy.” Upon her first diagnosis, a boyfriend of five years left her, and Denise stayed out of new relationships.

Even after her recovery, Denise found dating difficult. “It can be hard because men either want to baby you or don’t want anything to do with you,” she said. “Chris treated me no differently, which made me really happy.”

Chris had his own trials prior to meeting Denise, and while his health wasn’t threatened, he went through a period of hard economic times. His was laid off as a chef, but as it turns out, that was the first step in the process that led him to Denise. Chris had been living in St. Louis, and after being unable to find new work there, he moved to Florida where his family was, setting the stage for what would happen in October 2012.

Denise is a cancer survivor and she liked that Chris didn't treat her any differently because of it.

Denise is a cancer survivor and she liked that Chris didn’t treat her any differently because of it.

On the one-year anniversary of their first date, Chris—after securing the blessing from Denise’s parents—brought her back to Disney. With her family lurking in hiding, he proposed marriage and Denise accepted.  They went on to recreate their first date, including stops at Hollywood Studios and Epcot, something they plan to make an annual tradition.

Chris and Denise were married in June 2013. “We could not be happier,” she said. “He is my soul mate.”



  1. JoseAntonio-1333285 January 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi, As a South of the border neighbor, hoping “the forbbiden wall” doesn´t interfere with any possibility
    of a significant relationship, as a catholic, ex-missionary, migh well add that: Rarely and seldom will God
    let you meet someone too far away from your country, your homeland.- You might think it is God´s “destiny” but seriously, most of the times that “someone special” might well appear from a group of friends, nearby, in your parish, your community, country and homeland” and this advice, from a godly man and father of three sons, might not apply in USA but it surely does in many other places of North América, including México and Latin América.- My humble point of view. Blessings to all those trying out of their country.-

  2. Hazel-1046704 March 12, 2014 Reply

    Wish that every single human being will find their own happiness too like Denise. God Bless both of you.

  3. Michael-85720 March 11, 2014 Reply

    I hear all the time: “Long-distance relationships don’t work.” THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE! YOU don’t have faith and/or are not bearing with the discomfort well. I have a good friend who proposed to a woman over the phone who never met until they got married in in the Philippines! Women ought to not be so reserved in their search margins. God may be testing your comfort-zone limits and he may have your spouse waiting for you a mere thousand miles away!

    • Jheff-890967 March 12, 2014 Reply

      i agree with you Michael…my sister is now married to her boyfriend for 8 yrs and he lives in San Diego and my sister is here in Manila during those times. They are now together in San Diego. Their story is my inspiration that I can find my own “true love” online too. I know that God has someone waiting for me even if he is at the other side of the globe! I just need to keep looking and perhaps one day he will find me…

  4. Lisa-1017628 March 10, 2014 Reply

    What a beautiful story!! thanks for sharing. Best of luck and many blessings to you both for a long, happy, love filled marriage. 🙂

  5. June-687027 March 9, 2014 Reply

    What a wonderful story. This story gave me hope. Things can change in a fraction of a minute and nothing is impossible for God. I wish you both the very best and love, laughter and joy through out your lives.

  6. Terri-838897 March 8, 2014 Reply

    What a truly inspiring story! Yours is witness that all things are possible with God. Many blessings to you both as your journey together unfolds.

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