Today, the most often-cited meeting place for singles (21%) is online, according to a survey published in last year.

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Three other Catholic sites — Ave Maria Singles.com, Catholic and Catholic (Catholic Mingle is part of the Christian Mingle conglomerate (aka Spark Network) that operates other sites for Jewish and Mormon singles) — all have had under 500,000 visitors, according to data.

According to David Nevarez of Catholic Singles.com, the site has more than 200,000 active members.

The site also is the only one of these sites that offers content in Spanish as Catolicos

But the smaller sites are growing: Ave Maria has gone from 2,000 to about 5,000 active users since 2000.

Unlike the movies, which are designed to provide two hours of entertainment, meeting the right guy or girl is a completely different type of search,” Barcaro said.

He says technology is not to blame for such attitudes. sites are tools — just like Facebook, texting, email or television,” said Barcaro.

Advantages and Disadvantages Such sites pair people who would otherwise not meet due to distance or other circumstances, said Catholic Match CEO Brian Barcaro.

One match involved a man stationed on a submarine and a nurse on a nearly all-female staff in a neonatal unit.

LOUIS — She was in her 30s, and eligible Catholic men seemed increasingly scarce.

He had been burned by one broken marriage that ended with an annulment, and, as he entered his 40s, he was hesitant to meet someone new. Louis area, but it took Catholic to bring Ann Campbell and Dan Clegg together in early 2004.

Of course not; it is about establishing and restoring balance.” With dating sites, the answer is not to “reject the tool,” but to educate people in how to properly use it, Barcaro said.