Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 14, 2010
There is a record number of Catholic singles in the U.S. – more than 22 million. Some are young and idealistic. Others have the hard-won wisdom of divorce or widowhood. Few are getting the credit and support they deserve.
While bishops fund national campaigns for teens, married couples and could-be priests, Catholic singles are slipping through the cracks, receiving thin programming, meager resources and, worst of all, little recognition.
CatholicMatch, the largest Catholic dating site, is launching a blog intended to change that. “Faith, Hope & Love,” located at http://www.CatholicMatch.com/blog, will feature more than 20 contributors, including award-winning writers, bishops, Catholic personalities, celebrities and CatholicMatch staff.
Molly Malaney, who starred on the 13th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and went on to marry Jason Mesnick in a televised ceremony, is among the contributors. Molly is Catholic and a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., where she attended Catholic school from kindergarten through 12th grade.
“I am so excited to share my experience in finding my soul mate,” Malaney said. “Growing up with a strong Catholic background, it was important to me that I find someone who not only has great morals and values, but someone who I am proud to call my husband. Though I took an unconventional approach to find love, it is proof that God works in fascinating ways.”
Miss America 2001, Angela Baraquio, also will contribute. Angela is a teacher, singer and a vocal pro-life Catholic.
The CatholicMatch bloggers will provide a mix of personal reflections and hard-hitting newsy posts. “So much that is churned through the media lacks a Catholic perspective and assumes coupledom,” said CatholicMatch co-founder Brian Barcaro. “ ‘Faith, Hope & Love’ finally, gives Catholic singles a voice. It puts their perspective out there – from the blogosphere to the bulletin to the pulpit.”
The blog will regularly spotlight members of CatholicMatch, who have been having spirited private conversations on the site’s 40 forums and 3 chat rooms. “Faith, Hope & Love” shares that discussion with a broader audience, revealing the interplay between religion and romance.
CatholicMatch has become a vibrant faith community, attracting more than half a million members. They represent Catholic singles across the globe: people with a desire for faith, buoyant hope and untapped love.
“We’re expecting this blog to spark an honest, intelligent conversation that can’t be found anywhere else,” Barcaro said. “I think people will take notice in the coming weeks and months.”
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