Father Nelson Baker

Baker Victory Services

More than 60 volunteers from local Home Depot locations donated time and resources to remodel Baker Victory Services’ Emergency Foster Care Program cottage Thursday. The result was a much more welcoming setting for children experiencing difficult times.


He was considered to be the last living connection to Fr. Nelson Baker. John Phillips of South Buffalo, who died last week at the age of 95, lived his formative years at the orphanage founded and operated by Baker. Phillips' recollections have been used by advocates as they work to have Baker canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

Heritage Moments: Father Baker’s miracle at Our Lady of Victory

Apr 9, 2018
Photo courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Father Nelson Baker — the “padre of the poor,” the man who built the Our Lady of Victory complex in Lackawanna into an astonishing city of charity that featured an orphanage, a boys’ protectory, a home for unwed mothers and their infants, a hospital, a grade school and high school, a nurses’ home, a farm to help feed the hungry, a soup kitchen that served more 450,000 meals during the first three years of the Great Depression, and finally the great basilica that has become a national shrine and pilgrimage site.

WBFO file photo

Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity got a big boost recently in its ongoing capital campaign. The Lackawanna-based organization received its largest-ever private donation. Some of that money has been set aside to continue the push for Father Nelson Baker's sainthood.

'Building a Basilica' told by Daybreak Productions

Jan 17, 2014
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Many Western New Yorkers marvel at the grandeur of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, built in the 1920s. A local television crew from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo spent hours researching and conducting interviews to create a documentary that will air across the U.S.  It provides the back story of how the Venerable Father Nelson Baker accomplished the task.

Photo provided by Kevin Keenan, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Buffalo Bishop Edward Kmiec discussed the road to sainthood for the Venerable Nelson Baker during his trip to the Vatican.

Bishop Kmiec returned Thursday night following a 10-day trip to Rome.  He spoke with reporters at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The Bishop's visit, called “ad limina”, included a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and visited a number of Vatican congregations, including the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which is studying the sainthood cause of Venerable Father Baker.