Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Match

5/21/2014 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Jacob and Sammi were each skeptical of online dating and neither one of them wanted a long-distance relationship. Since they were separated by a 34-hour drive, the likelihood of this couple connecting was very slim.

Jacob and Sammi.

Jacob and Sammi.

Highlights

By Catholic Match

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/21/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Marriage & Family


I heard about CatholicMatch through people in my college Catholic group, Sammi said. I also had a few friends that were successful with online dating. I eventually resolved to the fact that if I wanted to find someone, it was the best way to meet new guys, especially Catholics.

Jacob decided to give CatholicMatch a try because his sister Jann met her husband Joshua on CatholicMatch. Since Joshua was from London they first communicated through phone and Skype, but they had a fruitful long-distance relationship and were married in May 2014.

Meet your CatholicMatch today - sign up for a FREE account!

Since both Jacob and Sammi had friends with positive experiences of online dating, they decided to give it a chance. They knew that what they were doing now wasn't working, and they wanted to try something new.

It was Jacob who found Sammi's profile first. I remember thinking she was pretty cool, he recalled. Jacob clicked on the profile, but didn't send a message to Sammi. I didn't reach out to her because she lived so far away. I was definitely trying to find people within a few hundred miles of where I was living." Jacob was living in Seattle, while Sammi was in Toledo.

Even though Jacob didn't send a message, Sammi received a notification that someone had viewed her profile. I saw the activity and looked at his profile, Sammi added. I was adamant about finding a guy in my area, but as soon I saw his profile, I couldn't help but message him. I had made a list of the traits I thought were necessary in a guy a few months before and he seemed to have everything I was looking for. Faith was the most important factor drawing them together, but Sammi was also attracted to the fact that Jacob wanted to find a job where he could be of service to others. For the first time, Sammi felt genuine excitement at a CatholicMatch connection.

Jacob replied to her message, and it didn't take long for the communication to ratchet up several notches. We would write or text several times a day, Jacob recalled. And once we moved to video chat we maintained the pace."

As we continued to talk, I knew Jacob was special because he was passionately Catholic, respectful, driven, hardworking and intelligent, she said. Jacob added that he and Sammi connected on levels beyond faith, from similar intellectual interests, to life goals.

"After three weeks, which seemed like an eternity, I decided to ask Sammi about meeting in person to make sure we had the same chemistry in person Jacob said.

It was another three weeks before Jacob could get out to Ohio. He and Sammi had mixed emotions of both excitement and nerves. With the first face-to-face meeting, they wondered whether they would click.

It turned out, the chemistry was not only there, it was better. The only downside was knowing we would have to part so soon, Sammi said.

Having had a successful first meeting, they continued their long-distance relationship and began to talk of marriage. Five months after the initial meeting, Jacob, who works as a software developer, was able to find a job in Illinois. With Toledo in the western part of Ohio, the drive between them was now manageable. And just two months later, Sammi, an accountant, also found a job in Illinois.

Fast forward several months, to about one year after their first face-to-face meeting, Jacob and Sammi made a visit back to Ohio. Jacob was planning to propose in the upcoming week. He secured the blessing from Sammi's father, but was looking for the right time to propose. On the drive back from Ohio Jacob and Sammie decided to stop at Notre Dame and visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

They walked out near the lake, and Jacob saw his opportunity to pop the question. He went back to car, under the guise of getting a sweatshirt, and when he returned, the ring was in his pocket.

As the sun was setting over the lake outside the Basilica, Jacob asked Sammi to marry him and she said yes.

Meet your CatholicMatch today - sign up for a FREE account!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Marriage & Family

Middle Eastern high school student suspended for using fake bomb during prom proposal Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Senior student Ibrahim Ahmad, 18, from LA Center High School, was been suspended last week for a stunt he did in school for the upcoming prom. In order to make a girl say yes to his prom date proposal, he strapped a fake bomb around his body, which caused panic among ... continue reading


Woman's 'instincts' miraculously save husband's life Watch

Image of Nicole and Scott Mayhew

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nicole Mayhew went home immediately after experiencing a bugging feeling that her husband was in trouble. Scott Mayhew was pinned under their Ford Explorer and had been yelling for help which no one apparently heard. She arrived home right on time to save him from ... continue reading


WHO IS THAT? Mysterious 'ghost child' appears in couple's wedding photo Watch

Image of Denis' wife, Christiana had been using it as her profile picture on Facebook before a friend pointed out the ghostly face hidden between them.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, some elements of a picture become known only long afterwards. A couple in Virginia had the fact pointed out to them that a macabre "photo bomber" lurks on their favorite wedding photo. The person appears to be a child, a ... continue reading


When culture no longer cares about marriage, family, everyone suffers, Pope says Watch

Image of The second of two talks on the complementary nature of men and women, Pope Francis says that the Book of Genesis shows how God created the heavens and earth, and then a special creature made in his likeness to care and watch over the earth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis, in a homily earlier this week said that a culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Criminal family raises money for daughter's fake terminal illness Watch

Image of Neighbors alerted police officials of suspicious GoFundMe page.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After a family falsely claimed their three-year-old daughter suffers from a dangerous heart disease, a family friend posted a page on the GoFundMe website for their support. The family trio from Marietta, Georgia is now arrested and faces charges of felony conspiracy. ... continue reading


Mother murdered and baby abducted after Indiana woman poses as social worker Watch

Image of Jones' family members stated Jones told them she had been pregnant with twins and one died.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Horrific reports have come out that a woman, claiming to be a social worker, went to an apartment in Indiana where a newly-born child and her mother resided, with means to take the baby away. However, the woman was found to have never even worked in the child-welfare ... continue reading


Toddler's vivid nightmares suggest mother's death was not an accident Watch

Image of Natali Castellanos-Tyler was killed in what originally was believed to be a single-car car accident.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Natali Castellanos-Tyler was involved in a single car accident after losing control of her Ford explorer and hitting a tree that resulted in her death, according to police back in February. However, her husband has observed their young daughter screaming about a ... continue reading


New breast cancer cases in the U.S. predicted to double by 2030 Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Recent government research projected an increase of new breast cancer cases up to 50 percent by 2030, as well as a change on its age distribution. The current statistic is one in every eight women will develop the disease during her lifetime. The surge will definitely ... continue reading


Elementary school under fire for transgender kindergarten lesson Watch

Image of Jazz Jennings grew up transgender and turned her story into a children's book.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Allowing young kids to read books about something controversial is considered by most as one aggressive move. Recently, in Mitchell Primary School, school officials publicly stated their apology for allowing kindergarten through third grade students to read a book ... continue reading


Inside the rebellious mind: MRI scans record teenagers' brain activity when trying to rebel and separate from parents Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study suggests that rebelliousness is triggered with teenagers' desire to separate from their parents in pursuing individuality. With the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), psychologists were able to track the brain activity of 22 teenagers responding to ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:1-18
1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:1-10
1 'In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 27th, 2015 Image

St. Zita
April 27: St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter