When the site became a major success, they added partner Mike Lloyd in 2003 and rebranded as Catholic
“It was their goal to provide a pleasing, easy to use interface with a more faith-filled experience than the secular ‘one-size-fits-all’ sites,” said Robyn Lee, editor of the Catholic Match blog.
And thousands of Catholics like Dick and Perkovich are fueling the phenomenon.
“It was inevitable,” says Mary Beth Bonacci, founder of Real Love Inc., a Denver-based Catholic singles ministry.
: A doctor with dimples in his cheeks and champagne in his hand lounging in a hot tub. Jen Perkovich, a 26-year-old nurse from Woodbury, Minnesota, flinched when she spotted Ryan Dick’s personal ad on Online dating is no longer confined to the desperate.
And 16 months later, she accepted his marriage proposal.
By 2005, it had become the number one online service for single Catholics with membership across the world, including the UK, Australia, the Philippines, much of Europe, including Ireland.
“What differentiates Catholic Match from other dating sites like e Harmony or is that we provide a uniquely Catholic experience,” she explained.“Our service provides an emphasis on what is important in establishing a strong Catholic relationship and marriage.Although we provide many tools to help single meet each other for a romantic purpose, we understand that ultimately God’s will and time is what truly brings two people together,” said Lee.Whether you’re divorced, widowed, or just haven’t found the right person yet, we match you with single Roman Catholics who share your core values, as we know that it’s these beliefs that provide the solid foundations that happy relationships are built on.Our setting options also allow you to filter by religion, making it even easier to meet Catholic singles that you’ll click with.Catholic Match is a vibrant community where singles can also find friendship, community, support and grow deeper in their Catholic faith, she adds.