Three Catholic sites, however, proclaim themselves as the only authentic Catholic online singles services in the United States: the oldest and the most diverse is Catholic-owned Catholic Singles.com, while Catholic has the biggest numbers and the most aggressive web presence, and Ave Maria boasts a more focused and targeted approach.
While Catholic Singles.com, Catholic and Ave Maria each approaches its Catholic-ness differently, for all three, it is the selling point and market niche, not to mention the spiritual reason for being.
Many internet daters are, of course, interested in meeting people who share their faith.
If you’re looking to meet a nice Jewish boy or girl, has over half a million members hoping to do the same thing.
Here, we look in depth at these three sites and share the stories of those for whom they’ve worked and those for whom they haven’t.
For Catholics like Jeff and Nicole Whitfield, these sites are as much about encountering God in both quiet and dramatic ways as they are about meeting their mates.
According to , the number who have participated in online dating in the United States is now nearly 40 million. “One hundred sixty million people have internet access and 80 million people are single, and it only stands to reason that people don’t want to have to introduce themselves to strangers at strange places to meet someone” says Evan Katz, an expert on online dating and the author of Catholic Thrive, an offshoot of Catholic Singles.com, hosts conferences for singles to meet in person, alongside workshops and presentations on Catholic teachings concerning not just dating but also other relationship issues.