New Father Baker Relics on Display

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM EDT

Lackawanna (WKBW) Heirlooms of one of Buffalo's most famous priests are now on display in the basement of the church he helped build and make famous. Relics of the now Venerable Nelson Baker, including new items, find a home at the Father Baker Museum at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna.

Msgr. Paul Burkard is the pastor of Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

"It's a chronological history of his life and his legacy, and it helps people to understand not only what he did, but what continues to be done in his name today," Burkard said.

New additions to the museum include vestments of Father Baker's, and personal effects, from his glasses to his razor.

"Anything that he touched anything that he wore, anything that belonged to him is actually considered a relic in one way or another, and they become even more important," Monsignor Burkard said.

Also added are documents from the Vatican officially approving the priest as Venerable Nelson Baker, the first step toward sainthood. And during the Easter season, Monsignor Burkard says Father Baker's message is even more important.

"He shows people what we can be. He was a man of service to people, reached out anytime he found a need, and he teaches us how we can do that in our own time," Burkard added.