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HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE – OUR LADY OF VICTORY NATIONAL SHRINE AND BASILICA

Dome and spires of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica in Lackawanna

Dome and spires of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica in Lackawanna, NY

Chosen randomly to be highlighted and explored, is the Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica (quite a mouthful) in Lackawanna New York. This impressive structure is awe inspiring, and the storied history of this church and the surrounding complex in this quiet, one-time bustling steel making city should be read.

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Monsignor Nelson H. Baker 1841-1936

Among its many accomplishments, the Basilica is the final resting place for the man responsible for its existence, and his dedication and works of charity have put Monsignor Nelson Baker, most commonly known as “Father Baker”, on course to undergo the process for Canonization.  Pope Benedict XVI declared Father Baker Venerable on January 14, 2011. A museum touting his life draws many thousands of visitors annually.

An interesting fact: The Angels

“There are a thousand angels in the Basilica,” Father Baker once said. According to estimates, the actual number ranges anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500. The plan was to place an angel in every possible sight line.

For more information about this Western New York landmark click on the link:   Our Lady Of Victory National Shrine and Basilica