One hundred years ago this month, Father Nelson Baker embarked on his most ambitious project, a religious shrine to rival the greatest churches of Europe.
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A century later, Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna still stands as an architectural landmark and a moving tribute to Father Baker’s patroness, the Virgin Mary. After five years of construction, it opened in 1926 and was given the designation of a basilica, a Catholic church of significant distinction, by Pope Pius XI. At the time, it was just the second church to earn the distinction in the United States.
Embarking on a centennial celebration that will mirror its five-year construction, the basilica has adopted the theme “All Are Welcome” with the hope that the Catholic faithful and laypeople alike will draw inspiration from its presence.
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