View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Buffalo's Msgr. Baker Closer to Sainthood

Pope Benedict XVI Friday (1/14) signed a decree recognizing Western New York's Msgr. Nelson H. Baker for having heroically lived the Christian virtues and so is worthy of veneration.

Msgr. Baker was ordained in Buffalo diocesan priest in 1876 and served as pastor of Our Lady of Victory (now a basilica) in Lackawanna for more than 50 years. He died in 1936.

At Our Lady of Victory, Msgr. Baker ran soup kitchens and a hospital. He also set up homes for unwed mothers, homeless and troubled boys and abandoned infants.

Msgr. Baker can now be called "Venerable." The next step would be recognizing a miracle attributed to him - at which point he can be declared "Blessed."


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