Online dating for catholic singles

They hit the ground running.” Anthony Buono of Front Royal, Va., founded Ave Maria 13 years ago.

There are 12,000 members, and 5,000 active users on the site at any time.

His first wife died in February 2010, and he told OSV, “Six months later, I knew that I would really be happier if I was married.” He saw an ad for Catholic in a church bulletin.

“I couldn’t go meet 50 different women in 50 different places,” he said.

They are widowed, late divorcees or never married, and 65 percent are female.

Chicago and Los Angeles head the top 10 cities, but no matter where members are, they’re all looking for connections, even if it’s just on the site’s 41 public blogs. Ray Bullock has four children and one grandchild, and works in the insurance business.

“I was in law school, and my roommate and I were kind of Web junkies,” he said.

About 75 percent of the reported marriages are between people who lived distances apart.

“That was 11 years ago, and very few people in their 60s and 70s were using the Internet, let alone a dating site.

Times have changed, and now the Internet is a significant [meeting place] for seniors.” Barcaro and a friend founded the service, based near Pittsburgh, Pa., with a third partner soon joining them.

That’s because of the questions that prospective members answer, she said. The seniors, as well as any other age group, come to the site with really sincere and good intentions, and they feel safe and comfortable.

They share their faith and life experiences and they go right to the heart of the matter.

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