“I would say that the only thing unique is that the Catholics that come to our site put a higher priority on their faith — they’re specifically looking for other Catholics.” Actually, Catholics have plenty of options, though some sites are a little more about the dating and a lot less about the Catholic.
Web surfers would be hard pressed to find anything Catholic at besides their name, and seems more concerned about a potential partner’s pedigree and income potential than their faith.
Other sites, like catholicmatchmaker.net, are just fronts for much larger matchmaking engines.
If you’re looking to meet a nice Jewish boy or girl, has over half a million members hoping to do the same thing.
In a nation where too many folks still think Ramadan is a hotel chain, Muslim singles can choose from a diverse group of fellow believers at
Christians have even more options: at , they can search for a potential match or their favorite scripture passage (or, presumably, both.) According to Brian Barcaro, cofounder of Catholic Match , people come to his site because they are looking for a person with a specific characteristic: faith.
Jeff Whitfield shouldn’t need any help meeting women.
When he talks in his calm, Kentucky drawl about his past rambunctiousness and the salvation his faith provided him, he sounds charming, self-possessed, and likable — not the kind of guy who would need an online dating service. Jeff’s initial impression of the people who use internet dating sites was characteristically blunt. The problem is, the people he kept meeting weren’t exactly winners.
Jeff was tired of the bar scene but wasn’t sure where else to go, so he thought he’d give Catholic a try.After a few fizzles he met Nicole, who worked at a Starbucks out in California.They agreed on everything from natural family planning to the greatness of and felt an intense connection that grew stronger with every email and long distance phone call.Their first meeting occurred about a month after they had started talking, when Jeff paid for Nicole to visit him in Indiana — where he was working in student affairs at the University of Southern Indiana. They married on August 16, 2003, and about a year later they celebrated the birth of their first child. More and more people are going online to find a date or meet the love of their life.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,