Catholic Matchmaker NZ Expands to Australia

Townsville, Australia, May 30, 2008 --( Two Australian Bishops have given Catholic Matchmaker NZ permission to promote within their Dioceses, with others considering the option. This means that Australian Single Catholics may now search online for friends and a marriage partner.

“People are increasingly isolated in our busy world, and are using the Internet more and more to fill their needs. This is a great step for the Catholic church to allow use of the technology available to us for the Glory of God” says Clare Omvig, Director of Catholic Matchmaker NZ.

“My husband and I met using a Catholic Matchmaking service, and we finally realized that we have the skills to provide that service to others,” Clare Omvig says. started in September 2007, with Archbishop John Dew’s blessing and permission to promote in the Diocese of Wellington. Since then all the Bishops of New Zealand have given permission within their dioceses. is a service for Catholics to meet other Catholics for friendships or relationships leading to marriage. Catholic Matchmaker has just celebrated its first wedding on 17 May 2008, and hopes that many more will follow.

With their first wedding already under their belt, it was felt that the service could be offered to Australia and a wider audience, so that there would be more opportunities to meet other single Catholics for the current membership and to encourage new members.

“There has been some interest from Australia, so we have started the process of seeking out permission to promote within each diocese of Australia”.

The Bishop of Townsville, Australia, Most Reverend Michael E Putney, and the Bishop of Ballarat, Australia, Most Reverend Peter J Connors have both given their permission to promote Catholic Matchmaker within their dioceses.

Bishop Connors says, “I congratulate you on this splendid initiative and give you approval to send material to the parishes of the Diocese of Ballarat.”

Bishop Putney says, “I ….(would) be very happy to give you permission to promote it within my diocese, and would be happy to make your promotional material available in our parishes.”

This is a ground breaking opportunity for New Zealand Catholics to meet not only other Kiwis, but also make friends from over the Tasman. provides the safest online private venue for single Catholics to meet. The Catholic Matchmaker Site is available as a paid only, private members site. This prevents the problems that free dating sites have with scammers and busy bodies wanting to see who is on the site. Everyone there is there for the same reason – to make friends or look for a marriage partner.

The good news for Australians, is that payment is in New Zealand Dollars – meaning that the $14.97 NZD monthly payment to join, is only around $12.32 AUD per month. And for ease of payment, is used as the Credit Card Processor.

“At Catholic Matchmaker we attract those sincere about their search and ready to invest in that journey. We eliminate the negative elements that free or secular sites have, and although our membership is smaller than large free secular sites, our membership is comprised solely of sincere searchers – making it very high quality.” Says Clare Omvig.

Catholics Meeting Catholics just got even easier and better.

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