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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




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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.

This year’s annual Irish Coffee event, held March 14th, was a resounding success with over 60 people in attendance. Dr. Cecilia Moore, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, offered a provocative discourse on the state of race in America today focusing attention on the Black Lives Matter Movement and lessons learned from Cardinal Ritter’s leadership in the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

The Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation continues to use this annual Irish Coffee lecture as a means to offer discussion on relevant social issues of the day as a means of promoting Cardinal Ritter’s legacy of racial equality, social justice ecumenism, and religious liberty.

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