Joanne was happy with her life. The 57-year-old account executive from the Fort Lauderdale area kept an energetic lifestyle and had a good sense of humor, but she thought that life would be even better if there were someone to share it with. When her mom prompted her to join CatholicMatch and saw Father Frank Pavone had endorsed the site, she decided it was worth a try.
Jim, the same age, and living up in Michigan where he works in manufacturing sales, had a similarly fulfilling life, ranging from active family relationships to pursuing his passion for vintage wine-making. Like Joanne, he didn’t need another person. But having that special someone would sure make life’s journey a lot more fun.
It was only two days after Joanne joined the site that Jim came upon her profile. She liked what she saw upon noticing him in her encounters. “I thought he looked so happy,” she recalled. “And I was curious to learn more about him.”
After seeing his profile, she decided to take his questionnaire. But by the time she was finished, he’d already noticed her in his own encounters area and sent her a message. “(It) simply said ‘Hi Joanne’”, she said. “I felt something for him immediately. He was online and I answered him and we probably exchanged 25 e-mails that night.” As Humphrey Bogart said in Casablanca, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
The distance from Michigan to Florida is no small obstacle, but Jim and Joanne have made it work through shared faith, especially shared prayer of the rosary. It’s something that started this past Easter when visited her. “I had a prompting to ask Jim if he would say the rosary with me,” Joanne told CatholicMatch. “He was blown away…and told me that his parents said the rosary every night together.” Jim added that they continue to pray it together each night from their respective homes.
Through faith, prayer and the shared passion for engaging life rather than being on the sidelines, Jim and Joanne are laying the groundwork for a future together. “I am convinced that Jim is someone special in my life because of the faith we share,” Joanne said. “His wonderful sterling character, his funny sense of humor, his love of his family, his sense of fidelity and loyalty and his strong work ethic.” Jim is no less in love with her, telling CatholicMatch “We are looking to set our engagement and subsequent marriage plans within the next year.”
Jim and Joanne both thanked CatholicMatch for providing the venue for them to meet. As has been said in our success stories many times, CatholicMatch thanks them back for making use of the opportunities in front of them and taking the risks necessary to build a life together.