Cecelia was impressed with Gonzalo’s online profile. After emailing for a few weeks, they spoke on the phone over the course of 3 months, and then met in person only once. Cecilia lived in Florida and Gonzalo, a doctor, lived in Delaware. “I am not making this up, but when I saw him, I knew it was meant to be,” she said. They were married in December 2001. Cecilia now homeschools their eight children.
For Elizabeth Boyle-Contreras and her husband, Bobby Contreras, meeting online was an answer to months of prayer. They met through CatholicMatch.com while both lived in the same Texas city and started talking on the phone every night for several hours.
“We broke all the rules on our first date,” Elizabeth said. “We talked about religion, our pasts, marriage, children, and what we were looking for in a spouse. I came home from our date and told my mom that I was going to marry this man.”
They married in January, 2008, exactly one year after their first date. Their wedding was unique in that, when they met, each had a child from a previous relationship. The children participated in the marriage ceremony, and witnessed their parents consecrating their marriage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. During the ceremony, the couple also took part in the Hispanic tradition of a “wedding lasso,” in which a long string of rosary beads is placed around the couple after their vows. Nine months after the wedding, the couple welcomed their new son into the world.
“He was the ultimate wedding gift,” Elizabeth said.
Online dating has changed considerably, especially in the past few years. It’s no longer something people do in secret. Now, it’s becoming a common means of finding a potential spouse and the happy matches are often eager to share their stories so that others can experience the same blessings that they’ve had.
Marge Fenelon is a Catholic author, columnist, and speaker and a regular guest on Catholic radio. She’s written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic family life, including Strengthening Your Family: a Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011) and Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013). Find out more about Marge at www.margefenelon.com.