I was in a relationship with someone I was prepared to marry, but there were lots of warning flags I was ignoring. Finally I prayed, asking the Lord what I should do. He said very clearly in prayer that He would be with me if I chose to stay in the relationship or I could let it go and trust Him that He had something better. I decided to trust Him. I concentrated on my relationship with Him and that’s when someone recommended Ave Maria. She ,too, had met her husband through the site. I was very hesitant to try to meet anyone online. I prayed about it and decided to give it a shot. It wasn’t too long before I met my husband, David, but I didn’t think it would work out between us because he lived in Massachusetts and I lived in Michigan, so I almost didn’t respond to his first message! He briefly discerned the priesthood before feeling he was called to marriage. One of his friends had just signed up on Ave Maria (but is now in seminary, actually) so he decided to give it a shot! He sorted through all of the women’s profiles on Ave Maria with his mom before settling between me and one other girl, He decided to message me. I tease him about having his mom pick me out, but it was really great that he used such careful, intentional, discernment. We spoke on the phone for two months before we met — the meeting was awkward but by day two I knew he was ‘the one’. About six months after that a job opened up which he applied for in Michigan and moved. The rest is history. We were married in 2009. We’ve been through a lot - unemployment, moving cross country - we now live in Kansas - three kids in four years, but we would’t trade any of it.
Noelle & David
Ron (from Charlotte, NC) and Thea (from Toronto, Canada)
Met: December 15, 2001Married: October 18, 2003 Thank you dear Lord and Blessed Mother for bringing us together!
Ron and Thea, married October 18, 2003
Peter first wrote on November 2, 2009. I'd been on the site for 3 weeks and he had been there two and a half months. In January 2010 I asked Elizabeth if I could meet her in person (we had talked on the phone a few times already) and she agreed. I flew from Seattle to Erie, PA in February and by the end of that weekend we had decided that we wanted to start dating. We mostly walked around the city and talked during that weekend, to try to get to know each other. It was from our conversations that we made a connection with each other early on.
Thank you for your work and for finding my husband!
Peter & Elizabeth, married June 11, 2011
My husband Brian and I met on AveMariaSingles on August 15, 2007. He emailed me first, and I was hooked from the very start. After a whirlwind, storybook romance, we were married on October 18, 2008. As we drove away from our wedding reception that night, I remember thinking how hopeful both of us were about the future. We had so much to look forward to in life, and we couldn’t wait to embark on the journey together.
We now live in Pittsburgh and have three kids (1 in Heaven, Abigail Grace and two on Earth: Matthew Xavier, 3, and Noah Anthony, 1.)
Danielle & Brian, married October 18, 2008
When I got on AMS, I was really reluctant about doing it that day. I had looked around on Catholic Singles and Catholic Match...I wasn't impressed. It appeared that so many people on those web sites professed being Roman Catholic...but believed in "choice" or birth control or pre-marital sex, and the list would go on and on. HOWEVER, after looking around at AMS, I knew at least I was going to be on a site where men and women loved our Catholic faith. So many Blessings have come from getting on AMS, and we tell everyone who's looking, that yours is a wonderful and safe site to be on.
Donna & Joel
Christine and Brian met on Ave Maria Singles in 2011 on a coast-to-coast email exchange that resulted 3 years later in their being married. They are extremely grateful to the Blessed Virgin Mary, their families and friends, and are blissful to have found lasting friendship, love and happiness together.
Brian and Christine
My husband and I met through Ave Maria Singles in November 2011. We started talking on the site in September of 2011. We were engaged May 26, 2012 and married on May 18, 2013.
On our honeymoon, we sat in the newlywed section at the general audience with Pope Francis. After the general audience, we were pleasantly surprised when they called the couples up to be personally greeted by Pope Francis! Each couple received a blessing by Pope Francis and a greeting and were presented with Papal rosaries. It was such an amazing moment! (and we sort of still can’t believe it actually happened!)
We are both very grateful to Ave Maria Singles for providing a site that attracted Catholics who were serious about their faith.
Jennifer & Chris, married May 18, 2013
My husband and I met on this site October 2009. We had our 1st daughter December 28th 2011.
Seamus & Mary, married March 2011
When Fons contacted me on 26 Feb. 2013, I was living in Ohio and he in LA. After one week we talked daily by phone, and we first met in person that April in Chicago. The second time we saw each other, that June in LA, he proposed and I accepted! This was totally out of character for me, since I am usually more cautious and think through things very slowly. However, I felt quite confident about my decision. Initially we planned to marry in Aug. 2013 but postponed until Dec. 2013. At the end of December, though, Fons broke things off, saying he didn't think I would be happy moving to California and that I should find someone in Ohio. Fortunately after three long weeks I was able to convince him that I would be more unhappy without him than moving to California, and we saw each other again. We finally married in the summer of 2014, and I moved to the west coast and started a new job a week later. We still see each other only on the weekends, and sacrifices are necessary on both of our parts. But that is life, where nothing is perfect. We are both very happy together and consider ourselves very fortunate.
Fons and Cara
It is so important to be in the right place at the right time, and Ave Maria Singles has proven to be a reputable dating site for devout Catholics! Bernadette, 63 years of age and a widowed Third Order Carmelite, signed up in May 2014 after having a series of disappointing results with Another Dating Site, where none of the prospects were as faithful to the Magisterium as she had hoped and it seemed impossible for her to find a mate that was equally yoked.
That is until she met Victor, 72 years of age and a widowed Catholic evangelist, who says that it's never too late for love, on Ave Maria Singles. He contacted her on June 3rd after being on the site for only 3 days. The sparks flew immediately and they spent up to 5 hours daily on the telephone getting to know one another. For face-to-face confirmation, Bernadette flew from New Jersey to Florida to meet Victor and they instantaneously knew that they were a match made in heaven.
After just 10 weeks, God opened all of the doors for them to profess their vows at San Secondo D'Asti Roman Catholic Church in Quasti, California, Victor's former parish and place of residence, and they are now happily spending their honeymoon packing Bernadette's bags for a permanent relocation to their love nest in Florida.
Bernadette & Victor, married August 23, 2014