Effort in Indiana to save Cardinal Ritter's boyhood home
New Albany, Ind. – Preservationists and Catholic leaders in Indiana are working to save the boyhood home of the late Joseph Cardinal Ritter. He grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood of New Albany, Ind. and went on to desegregate Catholic schools in the archdioceses of Indianapolis and St. Louis. Ritter died in 1967.
Next month, on May 14, Catholic churches in Floyd, Clark and Harrison counties in Indiana will take up special collections. The hope is to raise the estimated $1.5 million cost to restore the home and create an endowment.
The home was saved from demolition in 2002 by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. It will turn the home over to a nonprofit foundation this summer. The foundation plans to rent offices in the home to nonprofit organizations.