The Dating Challenge

Learn How To:

Create vision for your life and relationships.

Identify and overcome obstacles.

Learn new strategies and implement best practices.

Increase confidence.

Date better, date more and find who you’re looking for!


Thursday, February 15th – 7-9pm CT

Friday, February 16th – attend local Lenten service (Mass, Stations of the Cross, adoration, etc) Lenten devotion at home

Saturday, February 17th – 10am-3:00pm CT

Sunday, February 18th – Mini-Meets – 3-4pm CT (separate registration)


  • Presentations on topics such as attraction, communication, mindset, attachment, roadblocks, cultural questions, male-female differences and complementarity, dating strategies, and more!
  • A testimony from a couple who met during the Dating Challenge 2022 and is now married!
  • Time for Q&A with the speakers
  • Small group discussion with other participants
  • Chance to meet single Catholics from all over!
  • PLUS: A FREE 2-week membership to the GS24 Community App
  • AND Access to replays during the Challenge



Mario Sacasa holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Holy Cross. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 15 years. Integrating the riches of the Catholic faith with counseling practices is the aim of his career and influences all his professional endeavors.

At Faith and Marriage, he serves married couples and individuals on their journey of faith. He does this through his podcast, Always Hope, writing for the blog, speaking engagements, directing retreats, and having an active social media presence. He also recently launched Dating Well, an online course that helps young adults navigate the current dating scene.

Dr. Mario is married to his wife of over 20 years, Kristin, with whom he shares the joy parenting their four sons.


Anastasia Northrop has been studying and promoting St. John Paul II’s message on love and the human person for over 20 years. Founder and Director of the National Catholic Singles Conference, she has been particularly involved in applying John Paul II’s message to the single life since 2005. 

Along with organizing various other events, writing articles, and networking internationally with those disseminating John Paul II’s work, she has given talks and promoted study groups internationally. She completed her Masters in Catholic Applied Theology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family through Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England. She is the author of the study guide for the text of the Theology of the Body entitled The Freedom of the Gift, and a contributing author to Freedom: 12 Lives Transformed by Theology of the Body (Ascension Press, 2009).


Kevin McDevitt completed a Masters in Psychology at Divine Mercy University in 2021 with a focus on attachment theory and its application within marriage preparation. This stemmed from a conviction that it is critical for engaged couple to develop an understanding of attachment before they get married.  Ultimately, creating secure attachment is one of the keys to a stable and fulfilling marriage.

Before finishing his masters in psychology, he worked for 24 years in financial services, mostly as an investment analyst. He also has a BBA from The College of William and Mary and a MBA from Washington University.

Kevin is a member of the GS24 Community. He lives in the great state of Texas and in his free time, he hopes to make this the year that he finally learns how to two-step.


Maria Spears Mumaugh is a Catholic Strategic Mindset Coach, Podcaster, Course Creator, Author, International Speaker and Musician. She is an entrepreneur who owns her own business and has a background in health, fitness and nutrition. She is the co-founder of The Intentional Single, a company and ministry that seeks to equip women in developing confidence, diving into deeper intimacy with Our Lord, leveling up their relationships with men and thriving from the inside out in their single and dating years. 

Maria has traveled the world as a professional musician and speaker over the last 20 years and also started the band and women’s ministry His Own with her two best friends. She is the co-host of the podcast ‘Girl, Water Your Grass’ which encourages people to be fully present to their life and Co-Host of a podcast for single and dating gals being released later this month called ‘Thriving in the Space Between. She is Kentucky born and bred, a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and currently resides, with her new husband, in South Carolina with close proximity to mountain and ocean adventures.


Chad Etzel is a Leadership Strategist specializing in the areas of Organizational Health and Catholic Singles Coaching.  After obtaining his M.A. in Theology at the Augustine Institute, Chad earned his coaching credential from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).  He has over a decade of ministry experience serving FOCUS and the Culture Project and now has years of experience as a professional coach.  As a Catholic singles coach, he helps Catholic singles flourish today while paving a path for their future Vocation.  You can find his coaching offerings at and his podcast “Catholic, Single, and Flourishing.” In his personal life, Chad has completed a half-ironman, has walked on hot coals three times, and is a minority shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


Christin Jezak has been a promised Pauline Cooperator, a lay association connected with the Daughters of St. Paul since 2012. As an actress, playwright, and producer, she strives to do film, tv, & theatre which inspires, uplifts, and stirs society.

Christin voices Agnes for the podcast series “Confessions of a Catholic Single” which releases Season 2 this St. Valentine’s Day. Christin plays Dr. Sam in the film “Miracle at Manchester” starring Dean Cain, Daniel Roebuck, & Eddie McClintock streaming on Pureflix. She has worked as a lead in a short film for NTT Data directed by Academy Award-winning Cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski. She has had a Co-Star on “Raising Hope,” and has been seen in Jimmy Kimmel sketches and a GrubHub Superbowl Commercial.

Christin produced the TV program, “For the Sake of the Gospel” for EWTN as well as the all-women web series “Ladies Keepin’ It Real” and her newest series “Neighborhood Watch.”

Christin performed her one-woman play, “Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project” for the Official Youth Festival of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. She has toured with this play for the last sixteen years all over the U.S.

She also works as the Director of Outreach and Creative for AWE PR.

Paul and Katie Jungwirth met during our first Dating Challenge in 2022 and were married in November of 2023! They look forward to sharing their story with us during the upcoming Dating Challenge!

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