Any Catholics who live up Northeast U.S.A?

Do you enjoy living in that part of the country? What’s it like to live in states like Connecticut,Maryland,or Delaware? . . .

I’m not Roman Catholic but I live in Connecticut.

I’ve essentially grown up here and I’m pretty happy. The weather is quite erratic, but last winter we had record snowfall, and this summer has been hot and muggy.

Taxes are skyrocketing - we’ve always had a high tax rate, but it’s been going up, especially with the debt crisis in CT.

People are much colder than in other states. Just going up and greeting a person is considered awkward, and puts people in uncomfortable positions. Subsequently, churches are much colder too (though it could be different for Catholics). The older generation, predictably, is a lot more socially conservative than the younger generation.

Anything specific you want to know about the Northeast?

I grew up in Maryland, 6th grade through high school graduation. Then I lived in PA for 14 years.

I hated Maryland and would have moved sooner if I could have. PA was better.

But I have to say, I love Alabama. :o

Isn’t it ironic that the south is becoming the Catholic center of the US?

I met a guy from Philadelphia at an Evening of Recollection by Opus Dei here in Atlanta. He said that he was in Atlanta because he was looking for “a good Catholic area to move to.” Birmingham, Charlston, Greenville… all growing in terms of Catholicism, can’t build Catholic schools fast enough. We have vocations up the ying-yang here in Atlanta.


I live in New England, the land of liberals and high taxes. But I was here before them, so I’m not leaving. Anyhow, I love the change of seasons here. Fortunately, our hot season is shorter here than down south. It’s been a hot and muggy summer, and I’m looking forward to the cool breezes of fall. The nice thing about the weather here is, just as you start getting tired of the present season, it changes to another!

Are people who live in that Northeast region happy with where they live? . .

Born and raised in RI, moved down to Florida in 2007…I agree with Krakatoa, the changing seasons is what I miss the most. We have 2 seasons here in Florida if we’re lucky, usually its just one…with slight variations. Despite the liberals and high taxes, New England is home, and I miss it very much. I hope to go back…if not to New England, at least closer to more feasibly visit friends and family, and hopefully enjoy the changing seasons…I love winter, believe it or not!:thumbsup:

I’m born and raised a stones throw away from Boston. I dig it here, but the taxes are soooooo high!!! I dunno if I will always live here, but for now it’s home.

Born, raised and still living in the NYC area. The weather is lousy, homes too expensive, taxes too high (it is nearly impossible to find a home with property taxes under $10k/yr), utilities are moderately expensive and way too many liberals/modernists (welcome to the state that legalized gay marriage). There are small pockets of traditionalist Catholics, but not many, and they attend traditionally built Churches (what few are left since most have been torn apart to resemble something ugly and modern). Many of the Catholics living around here act like Protestants. For example; they choose what they want to believe and don’t have a problem telling you they do not agree with the Holy Father on most issues.

I stay here, with my family, because there is work for those who are in the computer field, unlike many other parts of the country where unemployment is high.

One good thing about NYC is that there are at least 6 churches in NYC and its boroughs that have regular Sunday TLMs. One of them has a daily low mass in addition to the Sunday Missa Cantata.

It is a blessing.

This is very true. I go to Holy Innocents, which is a great Church. My hope is that the TLM will spread throughout the Tri-State area and maybe the culture of death, in NY, will begin to change.

Well, I don’t consider Maryland or Deleware to be Northeastern US- if my US geography serves me well, they are mid-Atlantic state. Sorry, it’s the teacher in me coming out! :wink:

I live in western NY on the shore of Lake Ontario. Summers are brutal, winters are worse, but spring & autumn more than make up for it!! :stuck_out_tongue:
I don’t think I would ever want to live anywhere else- there is so much to do within a couple of hours in any direction, the scenery is spectacular and for the most part, people are friendly.
The only drawback to living in NY is the Legislature and the taxes!! :frowning:

And driving fourty minitues to Ronkonkonma so that you can pay six dollars for parking and twelve dollars for the privilege of standing on a train platform in 17 degree weather in order to spend an hour and twenty minutes on the Long Island Rail Road is sooooo much fun.

Then you get to walk through the smell and the heat of the New York City subway in summer wearing a jacket and tie so that you can wait for the N train and then get packed in like sardines and then wait fifteen minutes for an elevator to the 44th floor… That’s almost as much fun as the high taxes.

And the only thing that keeps you going is the good chicken and best fries in the world at Ranch1 for the train ride home, but they closed that down and turned it into a bar for unionized steel workers, garbage men and crooked cops who get to go home at 3:30 in the afternoon. But it’s OK, because the three dollar bottles of water at Hudson News where they lesbians buy their porn magazines is ice cold. That’s good because it will keep you cool in the 118 degree train car with no air conditioning on the way home. That’s even more fun than an 1015 square foot home for $320,000 and $13,000/year taxes.

And those great pot smoking Long Island Rail Road conductors who steal your winter coat in february while you doze on the ride home - they really can’t be beat. :thumbsup:

But the part I like the most, even more than Catholics who act like Protestants, is the national guard with automatic weapons in the train station and their friends who walk around Times Square with what look like golf club bags but are really radiation detectors for detecting the nuclear weapons that the terrorists try to bring in. That’s the best part. That’s even better than the moment of consecration at Mass, I tell ya.

Yea, all this meeting customers at a sidewalk cafes in January wearing a polo shirt that they do down here in the deep south is for the birds. And adding 10 new families each week at the parish (I’m not kidding) has to stop. You can hardly get a seat at Mass any more. And crocuses and daffodils in february!!! The final straw for me is all these Dominican Sisters running around all the Catholic schools thinking they can just teach chastity classes to our twelve year old dauthers.

Yep, it’s so great up north. Wonderful I tell ya. A paradise. :rolleyes: I can’t wait to move back there and vote for a homosexual governor.


I grew up in southeastern Massachusetts and moved to Alabama a year or so after I married, and have lived there since. I’ve been back in Mass. this week, visiting my 91 year old Dad and introducing his new great-grandson to him. :slight_smile:

Though I have acclimated to the deep South, and could never live where I would have to drive in snow again, I realize every time I visit how I truly love New England…the history, the architecture, the food, the sports teams, and especially autumn. It will always be my first love.

There have been many vocations in our deep south archdiocese, and Catholicism seems alive and well, with a number of parochial schools, an active Catholic homeschool group, and a fine Catholic high school, with the possibility of another before long. My sense is that Catholics in our community are somewhat more serious about the practice of their faith than has been my experience with the Catholics I still know up north…but that’s just my experience.

I live in the Pittsburgh area and I love where I live, never going to move if I don’t have to.

Holy Innocents is a beacon. I also think they have one of the best trained group of altar boys I’ve seen anywhere.

I live in the middle of Upstate NY-born and brought up here.

I like living here most of the year-don’t like the winter, but what can you do if you’re too poor to join the ‘snowbirds’ down South? I’m always grateful for the cold fronts coming down from Canada to take away the heat waves we get in the summer! :wink:

There are small pockets of Traditional Catholics up here-not many, though. Kind of scattered, usually in small cities or rural areas. The TLM chapel I go to is small and in the ‘inner city’ on a one-way street.

I’ve been down South-twice, both times to EWTN in Alabama. First time, in the fall of 1998, the group I traveled with flew down dressed for early fall. Arrived in Birmingham, and it was STICKY HOT! Thank God for air-conditioning everywhere we went!

Second time, in the spring of 2005, I went back there by myself. Again, it was HOT! Had to keep ducking inside or in the shade to keep out of the sun!

I suppose one does get used to being in the deep South, with the weather it gets. But I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a tornado when it comes barreling down in that part of the country!

I prefer my change of seasons up here! Though I wish we had better political leaders-here in NY we saw a so-called ‘Catholic’ governor legalize homosexual ‘marriage’. :mad: :frowning:


I live in the northwest corner of NJ where we have woods and cows , some dirt roads yet , no sidewalks or streetlights


Don’t listen to this stuff OP. NYC is Mount Olympus…Mecca…paradise. :smiley:

I live in New Jersey, 1/2 mile from Easton, PA.

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