Assumption BVM Church, Providence, RI: Our Parish History 1870-2018

Compiled and written by Paul Tognetti

Revised: April, 2018

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Special thanks to Mr. Pat Dineen of Huntington Beach, CA., a former parishioner who has been researching the early history of Assumption Parish and the Sisters of the Cross and Passion for many years and who graciously consented to share his information for this project.

Source material includes articles from:

  • The Providence Visitor,
  • Rhode Island Catholic,
  • The Providence Journal-Bulletin,
  • Assumption Parish 100th Anniverary 1871-1971” program,
  • documents from the Assumption parish archives
  • 1969 term paper entitled “The Assumption Parish: 1871-1969” by another former parishioner, Bryan J. Guiot, who was attending Our Lady of Providence seminary at the time. This paper was unearthed in the rectory in June 2006 as Father Trainor was preparing to retire.

Meanwhile, a number of interesting documents were uncovered by parishioner Luisa White in 2010. I would like to extend a word of thanks to Marion Avarista and Michael Comella for their suggestions and comments along the way and to the many present and former parishioners who contributed their recollections of Assumption’s rich history.

The parish history is a work in progress. We are always looking for new material. If you have any information, memorabilia or photos that might be helpful please contact Paul Tognetti at 401-461-7718 or by e-mail at pmtognetti@gmail.com.