Best Places to Raise Catholic Families
This morning I was reading news on my iPad and saw one of Apple’s “iAds” being advertised in the bottom corner. Normally, like most web surfers, I avoid pop-up ads, but because advertisers are trying to be more creative with their advertising, and making these new iAds more like short games or entertainment, I’ve been curious to see how well different companies implement these features.
The iAd in particular that I saw was for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and it allowed you to virtually design the perfect place to live. Not only did it ask about the size of house you’d like, but the amount of neighbors, types of restaurants, and the importance of schools.
One thing it did not include, which was no surprise, was the type and number of Churches you’d like in a potential city or town.
During the years I lived in Columbus, Ohio as a kid, there were a good number of Catholic Churches within a short driving distance. Living in Atlanta as an adult, the choices are not as many. Along with that, the ability to send our kids to a parish Catholic school is pretty much an impossibility for many people in many cities.
Jennifer and I often think about relocating to a new city entirely in hopes of giving our children more opportunities in terms of school, activities, and especially their faith community. If we could pick a perfect home, it would be one located near a Catholic Church with activity communities for young families, older families, singles, married, and the whole gamut of Church life. We’d love a parish school, and a community that is truly in love with our faith, and that faith is reflected in the entire extended community and not just the Church property.
Does such a place exist?
Not many people know that just a few years ago, we tried to sell our house so that we could move to the Overland Park/Olathe area of Kansas where there are more than 20 parish schools in one county, and all tithing families can send their kids to those schools.
We’ve thought about Front Royal in Virginia, near Christendom college, though we’ve never visited there.
We’ve contemplated Pittsburgh and Steubenville and even Ave Maria, Florida.
Of course, anywhere we’d someday (hopefully) move, we’d only want to do if it was the will of God, and so far God in His wisdom has kept us exactly where we are. But, still, we feel a tug from time to time.
So what are the best places in the United States, in your opinion, to raise Catholic families, and what would you consider to be the important qualifications for your ideal place to live?