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From Catholic San Francisco:

The road single Catholics take in search of Mr. or Ms. Right can be a long and winding one indeed. The process is taxing for anyone, but finding soul mates and partners with shared beliefs, as well as a physical and chemical attraction, can be a tall order.

Increasingly, however, the popularity of Catholic singles’ websites has mushroomed, as technology allows users to cut through the clutter to find profiles of like-minded potential friends, partners and, if the planets are aligned, spouses.

“Grow in Faith, Fall in Love,” proclaims the home page of, the largest Catholic singles site, now in its 11th year. The site boasts of having hosted a half-million users, many of whom met their mate first in the virtual world, then dated and, indeed, wed.

“A lot of people on our site turn to us for a certain sense of community, a certain sense of hope, because they are obviously not finding it in their daily lives in terms of meeting other single Catholics or maybe a potential spouse,” said Brian Barcaro, a Pittsburgh lawyer, who co-founded CatholicMatch with colleagues in their apartment in 1999.

It is not the be-all and end-all of fruitful courtship, even to Barcaro’s thinking. He sees online singles’ services as supplements to dating life, not necessarily as alternatives. Still, his site is full of positive stories of people who were attracted to posted profiles and images, who found that they were compatible in their responses to questions about faith and Church doctrine and who were otherwise right for each other.

CatholicMatch promises that it is not merely another “matchmaking service.” The site offers users the opportunity to “share and grow in your faith while building lifelong relationships with people of similar beliefs and values.”

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