Catholic singles find each other despite COVID – CatholicPhilly.com

Catholic singles find each other despite COVID – CatholicPhilly.com

COVID-19 restrictions haven’t stopped Catholic singles from seeking their soulmates, thanks to a speed dating service founded by Colorado-based businesswoman and journalist Anna Basquez, who stresses the importance of putting faith first in dating. (Photo courtesy of Anna Basquez)

Coronavirus restrictions haven’t kept Catholic singles from seeking their soulmates, thanks to an online speed dating ministry that puts faith first.

Some 30 participants logged into a May 16 “Virtual Pennsylvania Catholic Speed Dating” event hosted by Colorado-based businesswoman and journalist Anna Basquez. The digital gathering was one of 13 Basquez has organized this month for adults nationwide to foster the vocation of marriage — despite social distancing and “the breakup-happy world.”

“It’s even more crucial in lockdown,” said Basquez, founder of Denver Catholic Speed Dating, LLC.

The service – which Basquez describes as a “business apostolate” – has connected more than 30 now-married couples over the past nine years, a success rate that Basquez attributes to a recognition that “the first thing is to be connected to God.”

After signing up, participants receive emails with event details, along with encouragement from Basquez “to live chastely in their relationships, to slow things down and to have an even keel base from the get-go with God.”

Prior to the pandemic, Basquez had arranged such events in person, including a 2015 gathering at a Philadelphia restaurant during the
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