They Didn’t Make It To Pluto…


“The first day I joined CatholicMatch, in November of 2015, there was Nicola. She had the cutest picture, and I liked her profile. Just as I was about to write to her, I got a message from her,” Paul, 45, remembers.

Paul was one of Nicola’s matches. “I saw his picture, and I thought him so handsome. As I read his profile, I realized he had so many wonderful qualities and stated that God was first in his life. After reading that, I wanted to get to know him,” Nicola, 40, explains.

Paul hadn’t always put God first. “I was given a very wishy-washy view of the Catholic faith as a child, and I left for a while. But God eventually brought me back; He put people in my life that shared the faith, and I learned what being a Catholic really meant.”

Trying to meet the right one

Before joining CatholicMatch, Nicola suffered through a string of disastrous dates on other dating websites. “I kept being paired with guys who were “atheist” or “spiritual but not religious.” I’ve always wanted to marry a man who put God first; my religion and my beliefs are the most important parts of who I am.”

After a failed relationship, Paul was open to trying new ways to meet a spouse. “I tried a lot of things to meet a suitable mate. I even took up ballroom dancing. Finding a mate through online dating seemed like the only way to meet the right woman,” shares Paul, who spends half a year at sea as a merchant mariner.

He adds, “A cousin recommended that I try CatholicMatch after I met a very faithful Protestant who ended up being very anti-Catholic. While it was a great evangelical opportunity, it was a failure as a relationship. I immediately signed up with CatholicMatch.”

Meeting love of their lives

Paul and Nicola were both living in Florida approximately two hours apart, so they decided to meet in person a week after meeting online. “For our first date, we went to Sunday morning Mass at my parish in Gainesville, Holy Faith Catholic Church, and then we went to breakfast together afterward. We had so much to speak about; it was so easy, and it felt like we had known each other for many years!”


Nicola knew that she had found the love of her life. “He’s my soul’s counterpart! We are so compatible in the areas of our lives that matter the most,” she says.

“From that day on, we both felt like we were birds of a feather. We are always discovering some new thing we share. I can’t say I have ever felt this way before about someone,” adds Paul.

In addition to their both being religious, they share other things in common. “We love the outdoors: camping, fishing, kayaking, and hiking. We also both enjoy reading, and we love the same music,” she says.

He adds, “We also have similar education and career backgrounds.”

Steamy Proposal

After six month of dating, on July 9th, 2016, Paul, a fan of astronomy, took Nicola to the Planetary Walk in Gainesville. “While we were walking along, I was complaining of how hot it was. He wanted to go all the way to Pluto, but I was so hot I told him I didn’t want to go any further. We were at Uranus when he took my hand and told me to come stand in the shade. While I was reading the writing along the monument, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I burst into tears and, of course, I said, ‘Yes!’ then I apologized for complaining so much,” Nicola remembers.

The couple took part in marriage preparation, and they were joined in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, the 25th of March in 2017 at Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville.



  1. Minnie-1287736 May 1, 2017 Reply

    OMG! what a lovely story! I still have hope for a better relationship and marriage! Congratulations Paul and Nicola

  2. Carol-1406992 April 30, 2017 Reply

    What a lovely post. I live in Fla too just an hour south of Gainesville. And I’m looking forward to going on the planetarium walk. Congratulations newly weds. May God bless you with a beautiful life together.

  3. Antonio Tedy-1431553 April 30, 2017 Reply

    Lovely stories here, I guess I still have hope and a future with better relationship and marriage.

  4. Maura-1442128 April 29, 2017 Reply

    Very touching story! God’s blessings & congratulations on your marriage. I am a firm believer in putting God first in all that I do. Thank you for sharing your story because you have given HOPE to many.

  5. Catherine-1241098 April 29, 2017 Reply

    Perhaps he truly is a fan of ASTRONOMY, not astrology as the article states. Astrology is a divination of the influences of the stars and planets on human,environmental and extraterrestial events. The Catholic church teaching is against astrology.

  6. Mahara-1427170 April 29, 2017 Reply

    Wonderful, I hope to meet my soulmate soonnn!!!!

  7. Joseph-1285636 April 28, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.Attending Mass together Our Good Lord knew you were a couple that had to remain together and saw to it by leading you to the alter and marriage. God Bless you both and thank you for sharing your story with all of us. -Joe

  8. Mark-1118643 April 28, 2017 Reply

    Maybe there’s hope for me after all. I must have said that for the last 20 years. Congrats to Paul and Nicola.

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