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” Catholic Match makes the same distinction: “Catholic Match, unlike many websites which target Catholics, is faithful to the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.As such, we provide a service which allows our members to be guided by their values and relationship with God — not with scientific formulas.” While these two sites are looking for the Catholics in the crowd, Ave Maria is looking for a specific crowd within the Catholics, touting “a service solely dedicated to helping faithful, practicing Catholics find their future spouse and help them become a better follower of Christ.” Tens of thousands of Catholics are creating community and meeting their future spouses online at sites like these.There are even people like Roger, who met someone on the site and writes that “thanks to Catholic Singles.com, we feel well on the way to a partnership that can stand the test of time, blessed by Our Loving God and based on that same love that was shown to us through His Son.” “There really are different types of Catholics” says the site’s marketing director Tom Johnson.“We have the entire range — those who are cultural and those who are passionate about being Catholic.” Johnson says Catholic Singles does not try to attract a certain kind of Catholic, nor discourage anyone from singing up because they don’t fit a certain profile.Two recent Catholic Singles “members of the month” are a 23-year-old white male from Delaware who describes himself as a conservative Catholic and lists as one of his favorite movies, alongside a 41-year-old Latina woman who says she’s looking for a “non-conservative Catholic” guy “with a big heart who is also politically and socially conscious.” The success stories of people who have found love — even marriage — from a contact made through Catholic Singles.com, reflects the site’s diversity as well as its commitment to giving single Catholics a forum to meet kindred spirits.Whether it’s Kierstin (last name not listed) celebrating “finding a ‘nice Catholic boy'” or Tom and Michelle Fox’s assertion that “We know God brought us together through this venue,” the users of Catholic run the gamut from culturally Catholic to intensely religious.
Catholic Singles’ members are an impressively diverse crowd, not easily categorized, who are unified only by their faith — even if their experience and practice of that faith varies widely.
According to , the number who have participated in online dating in the United States is now nearly 40 million. “One hundred sixty million people have internet access and 80 million people are single, and it only stands to reason that people don’t want to have to introduce themselves to strangers at strange places to meet someone” says Evan Katz, an expert on online dating and the author of Catholic Thrive, an offshoot of Catholic Singles.com, hosts conferences for singles to meet in person, alongside workshops and presentations on Catholic teachings concerning not just dating but also other relationship issues.
It launched with its first conference in Anaheim, CA, and is hitting New York City this Labor Day weekend., to a country guy or girl just looking to lasso a pardner’s heart,
But for the site’s members, the issue of faith is essential — it goes beyond a person’s occupation or hair color and reflects one’s deepest values.
As the oldest of the three, Catholic Singles boasts “more Catholic singles than anyone.” In 2008, it added a Spanish language version of the site.