Bruce Ritter

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The Reverend Bruce Ritter was born in Trenton, New Jersey. Father Ritter studied at St. Francis Seminary and then he went to Our Lady Queen of Peace in Middleburgh, New York. He studied philosophy at the Assumption Seminary in Chaska, Minnesota. Father Ritter began his course work in theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson in Renssalaer, New York, and completed his studies at St. Bonauenture's Theoligate in Rome. He was ordained in Rome in 1956 and received his doctorate in medieval dogma in 1958. Father Ritter is the founder and President of Covenant House, an international child care agency that operates short-term crisis centers in New York City, Houston and Toronto, as well as a long-term residential program in Antigua, Guatemala.

Father Ritter has taught at St. Anthony-on-Hudson in Renssalaer, New York, St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, Massachusetts, and at Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1963, he was assigned to Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York as campus chaplain and professor of theology.

Father Ritter has received national recognition for his extensive work with the homeless and runaway youth. He has received the National Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Public Service in Washington, D.C., the Service to Youth award from the New York State Division for Youth, and the International Franciscan Award. Father Ritter has received honorary degrees from Amherst College, Villanova University, Boston College, and Fordham University.