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Old 09-24-2013, 09:52 PM
 
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I am a 74 year old white female living in a rural/small town community west of Philly, but I grew up in Philly & want to go back! My husband has Alzheimer's & after 10 years caring for him I had to place him in a nursing home. As long as he is alive I will probably stay in our home because I am close to him but when he passes, I would like to move back to the city. I very much want to live in an integrated neighborhood, preferably with liberal & active community groups & (miracle of miracles!) a progressive Catholic church. I grew up in West Philly (what I guess would be considered university city now) but I don't want to move back there. I was thinking West Mt Airy, but I need a small house & after months of looking online, I never see anything small or without lots of steps...like a 2 BR cape cod & I can't afford apartment living (I'm planning on sticking around awhile. Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated...Thanks! Ginbee
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA.
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whats a progressive Catholic Church?
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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whats a progressive Catholic Church?
St. Vincent's in Germantown.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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I am a 74 year old white female living in a rural/small town community west of Philly, but I grew up in Philly & want to go back! My husband has Alzheimer's & after 10 years caring for him I had to place him in a nursing home. As long as he is alive I will probably stay in our home because I am close to him but when he passes, I would like to move back to the city. I very much want to live in an integrated neighborhood, preferably with liberal & active community groups & (miracle of miracles!) a progressive Catholic church. I grew up in West Philly (what I guess would be considered university city now) but I don't want to move back there. I was thinking West Mt Airy, but I need a small house & after months of looking online, I never see anything small or without lots of steps...like a 2 BR cape cod & I can't afford apartment living (I'm planning on sticking around awhile. Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated...Thanks! Ginbee
First, I'm sorry to hear about your husband. Caring for him for 10 years must have been an ordeal, "The Long Goodbye," indeed.
You're right about Mt Airy (both East and West). It would be a good fit, but you're also right about housing stock. Most of what I've seen is two+ stories, only a sprinkling of Cape Cod/ranch/one-level. If you want a realtor recommendation, please contact me privately (just following the forum rules here).
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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I have seen some ranch houses in Chestnut Hill. Have you looked there? Not a cheap area, however.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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As I recall there are some in W. Mt. Airy as well, on Wissahickon Ave, the last few blocks before it hits Allens Lane
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA.
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that doesn't tell me anything but a name.
What does it mean by progressive? Doesn't follow church teachings?



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St. Vincent's in Germantown.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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whats a progressive Catholic Church?
One that's in line with the current pope, who is the epitome of a progressive Catholic.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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that doesn't tell me anything but a name.
What does it mean by progressive? Doesn't follow church teachings?
Committed to social justice not dogma, diverse parishioners, very LGBT friendly, they've had services led by female priests, music and choir more lively, etc.

It's pretty well known and draws from a large area. I've personally left the Catholic Church but would not have a problem going to St. Vincent's once and a while. Also OP, check out Crest Park Rd. in East Mount Airy-all ranches.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I understand there is a progressive Catholic church called Saint Miriam's in Blue Bell near Plymouth Meeting.

They are not under direct control of the Vatican and affiliate, I am told, with the Archdiocese of Antioch. I'm not Catholic, nor Christian, but I know some people have raved about this loving, inclusive (LGBT friendly!) and yet traditional in rituals congregation.
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