The S. Ellen Jones Neighborhood Festival began in 2007, the brainchild of the Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation, Inc.. From the start, the intent has been to provide a free event for the residence of the neighborhood.
A food booth is sponsored and manned by members of the Knights of Columbus Cardinal Ritter Council 1221.
By partnering with S. Ellen Jones Elementary School, nearby St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Home of the Innocents, and most recently New Washington State Bank, the annual event has become an eagerly anticipated event in the mid-town area of New Albany.
Remember Cardinal Ritter emblematic quote:
“Work hard. Pray hard. Don’t Worry”
In the photo at left, fourth-grader Vincent Martin (grandson of Board member Ray Day) dressed as Cardinal Ritter when visiting the 2018 Neighborhood Festival. Vincent studied the life of Cardinal Ritter as a school project. Many festival visitors thoroughly enjoyed meeting the young Cardinal in-the-flesh.