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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, 2014

The Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation is sponsoring a free lecture and Irish Coffee Night on Thursday, March 13th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Cardinal Ritter House, 1218 Oak Street, New Albany. The featured speaker will be Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurts, D.D., Arch Bishop of Louisville and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop Kurtz will speak on the work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reflect on the papacy of Pope Francis, and address the role of Ecumenism in the Church reflecting the life-work of Cardinal Joseph Ritter.

Event is free and open to the public. Click Here to view the event flyer. Reservations are requested by March 7, 2014. RSVP - Phone Indiana Landmarks at 812/284-4534.

Attendees may also view the newly created Cardinal Ritter Museum dedicated July 16, 2014 by New Albany native son, Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.

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