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Nelson In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI decreed Fr. Nelson Baker “Venerable” for his heroic work in helping the poor. The successful businessman answered his calling later than most at the time, and was ordained at 34. Using his business acumen, his undying faith in Our Lady, and huge charitable efforts, the priest spent the next 50 plus years at Limestone Hill managing a “city of charity,” including homes for orphans and unwed mothers. Baker adopted an unusual way of thanking Our Blessed Mother for answering his prayers: “After Mass and Benediction each day, Fr. Nelson led his boys in giving three cheers to Our Lady of Victory, the patron of his cause. In his 94 years, the priest never tired of serving those in need.

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