In light of the extreme events of recent days,
we invoke the heavenly aid of Joseph Cardinal Ritter with this prayer.

Cardinal Ritter, America again needs your wisdom, your courage, and your guidance.
Today we implore your help to bring fairness, equality, and civility to our nation.
Instill in each of us the compassion and understanding necessary to bring,
as you often said, “
equality of every soul before Almighty God.”
Intercede for us to the Father, that He will grant us healing and
answer our plea with peace.

In a video broadcast on June 3, 2020,
Pope Francis spoke the following message to all Americans:

Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern
the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days,
following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.

We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend
the sacredness of every human life.  At the same time, we have to recognize
that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating.
Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.

Today I join the Church of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and of all the United States,
in praying for the rest of the soul of George Floyd and
all the others who have lost their lives because of the sin of racism.

Let us pray for the comfort of families and friends who are heartbroken,
and pray for national reconciliation and the peace we yearn for.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work
for peaceand justice in your land and in the world.

God bless you all and your families.


Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation, Inc. (CRBFI) was created in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and maintaining the Ritter house, telling the story of Cardinal Ritter, and preserving the remarkable legacy of this native son of New Albany, Indiana. (See Missions/Goals)  (See Board of Directors)

Today, more than 50 years since Cardinal Ritter’s 1967 passing, the CRBF strives to mirror his legacy in the place where he was born. The Ritter family house and bakery storefront has been tastefully renovated. Our community outreach partner is the Louisville-based Home of the Innocents (HOTI), whose goal is “to maintain the peace-filled, home-like atmosphere of Cardinal Ritter House while providing a safe, engaging therapeutic space in which clients and families can feel comfortable waiting for their service provider. (See Home of the Innocents)