At my last job, I worked a lot. I had time for work, exercise, daily mass, and maybe the occasional parish event. That’s it. I wanted a (Catholic) girlfriend but realized that there was just no way for me to connect to all of the Catholics I might want to. And that was frustrating. I lived in Washington, D.C. and knew there were thousands of Catholics all around me — but I had no way to connect with them. It’s hard enough to meet people in your own parish, let alone across the entire diocese. I knew the technology existed, so we gave it a shot.
I didn’t know the majority of the people in my own parish, let alone in the entire diocese. My future wife could be six parishes over and I’d have no idea.
Dating apps aren’t perfect. Real relationships don’t happen online. But technology can be a wonderful tool that the Church can sanctify. We want to use this technology not to keep people online but to get them offline faster — into the real world, where real relationship happens.