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Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter rose through the ranks of the Roman Catholic Church to become the only cardinal from Indiana. He led the diocese of Indianapolis and St. Louis, and championed the cause of desegregation. He became an influential cardinal in the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965.

The Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation is renovating the birthplace and childhood home of Cardinal Joseph Elmer Ritter, and building a community center in New Albany, Indiana.

Cardinal Ritter knew if anything was to be done, the first step was to roll up his sleeves, ask for help and get started.


Cardinal Ritter
Birthplace Foundation
1218 E. Oak Street
New Albany, IN 47151

Phone (502) 291-3131


Recently threatened with demolition due to its neglected condition, Cardinal Ritter's boyhood home is an important and tangible link to one of the most influential American Roman Catholic Leaders of the 20th century. The project is 85% complete and we're under way with construction of the museum. The museum needs funding, and we have plans for a memorial rose garden.

News Release
February 4, 2015

The Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation is sponsoring its third annual free lecture and Irish Coffee on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Cardinal Ritter House, 1218 E. Oak Street, New Albany.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Chair of the Department of Theology and Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University. Dr. Hinson-Hasty will discuss her new book,  Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians,  which chronicles the life and work of Dorothy Day, a social activist and Catholic convert who, along with fellow activist Peter Maurin, helped establish the Catholic Worker Movement in the United States in the 1930s.  The lecture will also discuss Day’s ties to Southern Indiana.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view the Ritter museum room.   While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are requested by March 6th  and can be made by calling Indiana Landmarks at 812/284-4534.

Click Here to view the event flyer

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