Our Lady of Victory

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.

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A student was arrested for allegedly carrying a gun into school Monday morning. It happened at the Baker Hall School in Lackawanna. Baker Victory Services spokesman John Pitts tells WBFO News the gun was discovered as the student entered the school building.  

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.