Patrick Waited Two Weeks For A Reply From Maria


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When you have something good in your life for a long time, it can be easy to take it for granted. That’s what happened to Maria in her dating life. The 26-year-old from the Green Bay area grew up in a devoutly Catholic family, gladly embraced the faith herself, but when it came to date, she was seeing men who didn’t share her beliefs.

When Patrick relocated he felt like something was calling him to his new area. He soon found out what that calling was.

“I didn’t think it was important at the time,” she recalled. “But something always seemed to be missing in the relationship…I knew I needed to date someone who shared my religion, my values and my passion to grow in our faith together.” Maria’s realization led her to sign up for CatholicMatch.

Patrick had similar motivations for joining the site. The 29-year-old had relocated to the Green Bay area for career purposes and for reasons he couldn’t quite put his finger on, felt especially drawn to his new home in the Fox River Valley area of Wisconsin.

“I knew that I was looking to build a relationship on the strongest foundation possible, namely Jesus Christ and His Church,” he said. “I logged onto CatholicMatch of finding that special someone who felt the same way.”

It was last August that Patrick and Maria connected online, when he sent her a message. It took two weeks for her to reply, but the delay proved to be worth it. A few more messages led to phone calls, which led to a date on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

Talking walks, enjoying sunsets and sharing faith marked Patrick & Maria’s courtship.

“We enjoyed fajitas, margaritas and some mini-golf,” Maria told CatholicMatch. “Neither one of us was anticipating what was to come or what the Holy Spirit would soon accomplish in our lives.” The plans of God unfolded further through a series of dates including ice cream sundaes, board games and enjoying the sunsets together.

The arrival of fall meant the first obstacle Patrick and Maria would have to overcome. She was going to graduate school sixty miles away, requiring additional effort on both of their parts to keep up the relationship. They continued to talk on the phone and see each other on the weekends. “We started to notice that we were going to Mass together nearly every weekend,” Maria said.

Patrick was realizing just how hard he was falling for Maria by the time the Advent season arrived. So when the exchanged Christmas gift, no material present could match the beauty of the present they gave in telling the other “I love you” for the first time.

In January, Maria returned home to begin an externship as a Speech Language Pathologist and they were back to being only ten minutes apart, not just attending Mass together but going to Adoration when time allowed.

The couple soon realized they were spending each evening together, be it dinner, talking walks or just staying in to read or watch a movie. Every night when Patrick drove home his mind was on 5:30 PM the next day, when he’d be back with Maria.

Patrick decided to take the necessary steps to move their relationship forward and spoke to Maria’s father about asking for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Her father granted his blessing and this past May the couple became engaged.

They will be married this next January. Challenges are ahead, from paying off student loans to financing home renovations, but they have things going for them as well. Both have graduate degrees to build off of.

But more importantly than any material blessing, both Patrick and Maria know they have faith—the pearl of great price—and now they have a special someone to share it with the rest of their lives.

In January 2013, Patrick & Maria will be joined at the hip for the rest of their lives.






16 Comments

  1. Esther-532964 September 29, 2012

    Wow! What a great love story! I hope and pray that will happen to me some day! Esther

  2. Grace-895558 September 29, 2012

    Blessings to you Maria and Patrick.

  3. Diezza-862469 September 29, 2012

    Inspiring story! May your love grow ever stronger as you share your lives together. So be blissfully happy and enjoy your big day! God bless you both, Maria and Patrick :)

  4. Christina Ries
    Christina Ries September 29, 2012

    Congrats! I love a January wedding — wintry and romantic! :)

  5. Victor-889939 September 29, 2012

    Very inspiring! :) Congrats for both of you and God Bless.

  6. Mercy-794463 September 29, 2012

    Great story! and very Inspiring!
    Congratulations and many Blessings to you Patrick and Maria!

  7. Frank-875818 September 29, 2012

    Hey Patrick and Maria, What a testament to God’s love that you both carry within you.
    It was very inspiring to hear your stories and how you made it through some of life’s obstacles.
    What impressed me the most is when Patrick approached Maria’s Dad and asked for her hand in Marriage and to received the father’s blessing. Thank you both for sharing your story with the rest of us singles here on CM.
    God Bless you both and may you always appreciated one another and remember the Holy Spirit is with you both to encourage and to help each other grow in love…

  8. Justin-599504 September 29, 2012

    Good story (: Nice sequence of events and pace to the romance ~ Kind of thinking, hmmmm, wouldn’t mind if it worked out for me in a similar fashion!

  9. Justin-599504 September 29, 2012

    PS – oops, congratulations as well (:

  10. Sharon-495474 September 30, 2012

    Maria & Patrick,

    What a beautiful and inspirational story. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations,!!

  11. Marla-870417 September 30, 2012

    What a great story! God Bless You both.

  12. Rosa Maria-870260 September 30, 2012

    Very Inspiring…Hopefully this man I’ve been talking on the phone with for the past 2 months he and I can have a great ending too…God Bless You both :)

  13. Jenny-478527 September 30, 2012

    great story and very inspiring:-)

  14. Armel-903485 October 1, 2012

    congratulation ,and may GOD BLESS THE COUPLE FOR ALL GENERATIONS TO COME.AMEN

  15. Rita-738838 November 4, 2012

    Awesome story! I know God has one written for all of us, myself included… Until then I am praying for my match! Congrats and many blessings! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Rachael-729451 January 23, 2013

    What a cool story!:)

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