Love beats age and lockdown with help from technology

Ron Norton and Rosemary Rogers on their wedding day with Fr James Antony (Catholic Voice)

Romance being what it is in the age of technology, they met online, sharing a mutual love of family history research. But then love being what it is, Ron Norton and Rosemary Rogers fell in love, too. Source: Catholic Voice.

The happy couple tied the knot earlier this month at Holy Family Church in Canberra’s south. The handsome groom is 92, the beautiful bride 82.

With the wedding taking place in the midst of the lockdown, the only witnesses present aside from celebrant Fr James Antony were Ron’s daughter Leslie Hayward and Rosemary’s son, David Thomas.

Rosemary was living in Sydney and Ron in Canberra when they first met over the internet five years ago. Email exchanges and telephone calls followed and Rosemary decided to relocate to Canberra in late 2016.

Their relationship grew and the idea of marriage came to a head earlier this year at Ron’s great-granddaughter’s wedding.

“We’d been talking about it for some time,” said Ron. “Being at the wedding stirred the emotions and I proposed to Rosemary that night.”

Rosemary said yes, apparently without too much hesitation. “I think I’d waited long enough,” she said with another chuckle.

The pair are parishioners at Holy Family Church where they were married but were both initially Presbyterians who came to Catholicism late in life.

Ron became a Catholic in 2014, with Rosemary following a year later after a series of family bereavements.

“It’s just so great, so peaceful, so fulfilling in my life to have that [becoming a Catholic] and to be accepted as a member of the beautiful church,” she said.

For the couple, their marriage holds a message at this difficult time for many. “At our age we’ve shown people that even in [this time of] adversity love can nourish and be fulfilled,” Rosemary said.


Lockdown nuptials (By Don Smith, Catholic Voice

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