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Largest Catholic dating site continues strong growth despite recession and church abuse scandal.

The acquisition of brings another wave of expansion in a year of record growth., the largest provider of online dating for Catholics, has acquired the assets of The integration of the niche site is effective today.

The acquisition brings CatholicMatch another wave of expansion in a year of record growth. "Organic growth in 2010 has been very strong," said Co-Founder Brian Barcaro. "The recession has not deterred Catholics searching for a mate and may have increased it. The sex abuse crisis roiling the church has not deterred Catholics from seeking like-minded, faith-filled spouses. They have even more to discuss in our community forums and seem more committed than ever to help the Church and their fellow man. That said, we’re always looking for opportunities to expand through market consolidation. This one just made a lot of sense." was launched four years ago to serve single Catholics with specific needs and preferences. It elicited a flood of grateful emails: "Thank goodness you’re there. It’s so nice to go to a place where you don’t have to explain yourself and everybody’s on the same page." Others wrote: "Sometimes you feel like you’re out there all alone, and this site provided a much-needed source of support."

The staff of assures its members they’ll be in good hands at CatholicMatch. "They’ll have access to so many more services than we could ever provide: 38 forums, three live chats, a sophisticated in-line instant message system, a temperament test and the largest community of Catholic singles online."

CatholicMatch has learned how to execute a seamless acquisition, having acquired in 2007 and in 2008. "Our colleagues recognize our leading community and very talented staff,” Barcaro said. “It’s heartening to get their vote of confidence."

Reaching out to Catholic singles is a vital and often neglected mission. More than 22 million Catholic singles – a record high – currently live in the United States. “At CatholicMatch we try to really nourish them, not just by aiding their quest for a mate, but by providing a powerful, supportive community," Barcaro said. "We live by our slogan ‘Grow In Faith, Fall In Love.’ And that’s usually the order it happens. For every proposal we hear about, there are dozens of stories of spiritual growth sparked by our site."

While staying true to the teachings of the Catholic Church, CatholicMatch has distinguished itself by serving more than half a million singles in 96 countries.


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