Did you know? Assumption Mount Healthy
Written by Gail Finke Illustrated by Emma Cassani
Assumption (Mt. Healthy) was once one of the Archdiocese’s largest parishes. Begun for German immigrants fleeing cholera in the city, it served 1,200 families by the late 1950s, the height of Catholic population in the northern suburbs.
1847, 1848, 1850
Cholera epidemics devastate Cincinnati, causing many German immigrants to move north and away from “bad air”; Catholics worship at St. James in White Oak.
Archbishop Purcell establishes a new parish for Germans in Mt. Pleasant, first church built.
First school constructed from Europe.
Second church building dedicated.
Church additions begin: side altars, statues, frescoes, stained glass added.
Mount Pleasant renamed “Mt. Healthy.”
Sisters of Divine Providence arrived to teach.
Construction of new school begins.
New “church/hall” building constructed; originally meant to be converted to auditorium, it becomes the permanent church.
New school built.
Arson destroys the church interior; Mt. Healthy High School invites the parish to hold Mass in its gym during repairs. Church reopens with contemporary stained glass windows and the altar moved to the “side” of the building.
Last Sisters of Divine Providence leave.
Parish Center built.
To help immigrants assimilate, Archbishop Moeller declares that all Catholic schools teach in English.
This article appeared in the March 2023 edition of The Catholic Telegraph Magazine. For your complimentary subscription, click here.