January 20, 2011.
Father Nelson Baker served as a priest in the diocese of Buffalo, New York for 54 years. Before this he fought in the battle of Gettysburg and then returned home
to start a business and eventually join the priesthood.
Benedict XVI has signed a decree by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints declaring he lived a life of heroic virtue.
At the age of 79 he began fundraising for the construction of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Pope Pius XI raised it to the status of a minor basilica calling it a “masterpiece.”
Father Baker worked in a number of charitable organizations including an orphanage, a protectory for young adolescents, and a hospital.