LACKAWANNA, NY- Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna honored the legacy of Western New York's most prominent religious leader Sunday with the annual Father Baker Day celebrations.
During the late 1800's and early 1900's, Baker helped disadvantaged Western New York youths through his charities and institutions.
Religious leaders in Western New York have worked to have Father Baker recognized as a saint. Baker has been recognized as a servant of god.
"Of course, every year he comes closer and closer we hope [for] canonization, but every year we stop and do this because he has a great legacy that lives on in us and we want to celebrate that every year," Monsignor Paul Burkard said.
After the mass, the former attendees of Baker's institutions, known as Baker Boys, laid a wreath at his tomb.
The dignitaries and clergy also attended the dedication of a new garden at the Our Lady of Victory Basilica Sunday morning.
Following mass, a new garden with benches and bricks that will be inscribed with messages was dedicated.