In 1903, the founding pastor, Father Israel McGovern, accepted the challenge of building a parish. As the numbers grew, the challenge grew. Father McGovern shepherded Assumption parish through enormous growth - from 75 parishioners in 1903 to 897 families at the time of his death in 1934.
Father Israel McGovern
On June 3, 1946, Assumption welcomed Father Michael Hinnebusch as its third pastor. Prior to this assignment, he had served four years as chaplain in the United States Army. Father Hinnebusch is remembered for many accomplishments,
Father George Bullion
Father Michael Hinnebusch
Father James McBride
Father John Gallagher
Father Robert Boyle
Father Dennis Buranosky
Father Bullion, a man with a "classic and cosmopolitan education" brought his knowledge, administrative ability, and enthusiasm to the parish. In the face of overwhelming financial responsibility and desperate economic times in the country,
In 1967, Bishop Wright named Father James McBride to succeed Father Hinnebusch. In the years following the close of Vatican Council II, Father McBride was charged with implementing the considerable changes coming almost daily from the diocese and the Vatican.
Father Gallagher became pastor of Assumption after serving the parish for five years as Parochial Vicar (1980-1985). Known affectionately as "Father G," he worked shoulder to shoulder with the parishioners to build the spiritual and corporal life of the parish.
In January of 1996, Father Robert Boyle came to Assumption from Good Shepherd parish in Braddock. A beloved pastor who had seen Good Shepherd through a difficult merger, his adjustment at Assumption was not easy. He found a parish with a heavy heart, saddened by the reassignment of longtime friend and pastor. By his own admission, Father Boyle acknowledges this to be his greatest challenge.
Father Dennis Buranosky shares with Father McGovern a unique place in the life of Assumption parish. Both pastors served Assumption at the beginning of a century that was sure to bring tremendous change. One was charged with the birth of a parish, the other with its rebirth.