LACKAWANNA, NY (WIVB) - A special mass is set for Sunday at Noon to celebrate Father Nelson Baker and his journey to sainthood.
Father Baker is revered for founding the great Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna and for running many programs for the poor, including an orphanage. He is known as the "Padre of the Poor".
Several of the residents from the Father Baker Orphanage are expected to lay a wreath on Father Baker's tomb.
Father Baker has made two of the four steps to sainthood. The parish announced a new push to raise $250,000 to help speed his journey to sainthood.
A canonization effort has been underway since 1987 but Father Baker's status was raised to 'venerable' in 2011. The Vatican would need to certify one miracle to beatify Fr. Baker. A second miracle would propel him to sainthood.
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