In 2013 Kania traveled to the National Catholic Singles Conference in Philadelphia.
She went for the speakers, the fellowship, and the info on theology of the body, but not necessarily to meet someone, she says. No matter what, she says, “I pray for myself and for my future spouse as we both are on our path to grow closer to the Lord, and if it is God’s will, we will meet when we are both ready.” Yet for other young adults, dating events geared specifically toward Catholics—or even general Catholic events—are less-than-ideal places to find a mate.
“What I’m looking for in a relationship is a person that can draw me outside of myself,” he says.
“I think what’s missing for young adults is the comfort of knowing what comes next,” Cronin says.
“Years ago you didn’t have to think, ‘Do I need to make a sexual decision at the end of this date?
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.