Church Raising $250,000 for Father Baker Canonization

January 26, 2014 Updated Jan 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM EDT

By HILARY LANE

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January 26, 2014 Updated Jan 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM EDT

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Our Lady of Victory Basilica is looking to raise $250,000 for Father Baker's Canonization.

Father Nelson Baker, the Buffalo Priest who died 77 years ago, is best known for his work helping poor children in the community.

Church clergy says the the $250,000 is what is needed for the Vatican's canonization process.

The Vatican has acknowledged that canonization is quite an expensive process.

Just this past month, Pope Francis has vowed to decrease the costs of sainthood applications which in the past has cost some congregations up to 1 million dollars.