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Father Baker a step closer to sainthood
Friday, January 14, 2011 by Office of Communications

Father Nelson BakerAt the Vatican today (Jan. 14, 2011), Pope Benedict XVI declared the heroic virtues of Father Nelson Baker, the diocesan priest who built Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna and Our Lady of Victory Institutions, which continue Father Baker's compassionate legacy of caring begun more than a century ago. The declaration by the Holy Father is the next step on Father Baker’s path to sainthood.

Below is a statement of the Diocese of Buffalo:

We rejoice today that in a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has declared the heroic virtues of Servant of God Father Nelson Baker.

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Bishop McLaughlin celebrates 75 years as a priest
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by Kevin Keenan, Director of Communications
Most Rev. Bernard J. McLaughlinOn the date of his ordination to the priesthood, Dec. 21, 1935, Bernard J. McLaughlin was about to embark on a journey of faithful service that has continued for more than three quarters of a century. From student in Rome to his ordination in the Eternal City, from assistant pastor at St. Joseph New Cathedral to the founding pastor of Coronation Parish, from his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Buffalo to his episcopal ordination at the hands of Pope Paul VI, Bishop McLaughlin’s service to the Church has been hallmarked by grace and a special devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Dec. 21, 2010 marked the 75th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, the eighth bishop of Buffalo that Bishop McLaughlin has served under, paid a visit to Bishop McLaughlin’s Town of Tonawanda residence to meet with him and offer a blessing. He also celebrated with a family dinner. read more...