Pennacchia was raised Catholic, but she’s not limiting her dating prospects to people within the Catholic faith. “It has shaped how I relate to people and what I want out of relationships, but I’m thinking less about ‘Oh, you’re not Catholic,’ than ‘Oh, you don’t agree with economic justice.’ ” For Pennacchia, finding a partner is not a priority or even a certainty.
“People talk [about love and marriage] in a way that assumes your life will turn out in a certain way,” she says.
You find that there are a lot of older single men and younger single women at these events.
Oftentimes I find that the older men are seeking potential partners, while the younger women are simply there to have friendships and form community,” he says.
Hale, who lives in Washington and works for the faith-based advocacy group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, says he is looking for a partner who challenges him.
“What I’m looking for in a relationship is a person that can draw me outside of myself,” he says.
My response was part of my effort to be open, to make new connections, and maybe be pleasantly surprised.No matter where she finds her partner, she would like him to be a devout, practicing Catholic.“I would want my husband to have God as the first priority, and then family, and then work,” she says, adding that it wouldn’t hurt if he also likes the outdoors.After graduating with a theology degree from Fordham University in 2012, Stephanie Pennacchia, 24, joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Los Angeles, where she worked at a drop-in center for teens experiencing homelessness.Today she is as a social worker who assists chronically homeless adults and says she is looking for someone with whom she can discuss her work and her spirituality.