Comic Book – Father of the Fatherless: The Story of Nelson Baker

What does a comic book hero look like to you? Comic book heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and wield wide ranging superpowers and abilities.

Adding to the spectrum of superheroes, Our Lady of Victory (OLV) has a somewhat different type of role model for comic book hero status – one that has a big Buffalo connection. The superhero in question? Well, it’s none other than Father Baker – a Catholic priest who spent 60 years of his life sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and giving hope to the destitute. That’s a pretty tall order for just about anyone, but Father Baker dedicated himself to this mission, which is now being memorialized in comic book form.

The action-packed, full-color comic – Father of the Fatherless: The Story of Nelson Baker (Voyage Comics) – recently debuted at OLV National Shrine & Basilica. 3,600 copies of the book, meant to inspire people, and to connect children to the work of Father Baker, have already been sent to school children throughout Buffalo.

SYNOPSIS:   After converting to Catholicism at the age of nine, Nelson was determined to follow God’s will in his life, under the watchful care of Our Lady of Victory. Initially he became a successful businessman, but God had bigger plans for Nelson.  God called him to open his generous heart to the poor and disadvantaged youth of Buffalo, becoming a father to the fatherless and establishing a “City of Charity” for the poor and most defenseless in society. Readers will be captivated by the heart of a loving pastor who spent his entire life for others, becoming a true apostle of charity.

“We want his legacy to be known for all generations, so this was a way to engage the young people today who may not know, and probably a lot don’t know, about Father Baker,” said Rev. Msgr. David LiPuma, Pastor and Rector, OLV National Shrine & Basilica. 

“Father Baker’s life is very relatable to everybody,” said Tom Lucia, OLV’s Chief Creative Officer. “He was a normal person, and he had a life before becoming a priest. He was a war veteran, he was a small business owner, and there’s a lot of things there that we wanted to draw out. So being able to do that in 25 pages in a format that is something we think kids can relate to, it was something I think we did a really nice job with.”

Order your copy today by going to – a portion of the proceeds from every book sold comes back to OLV to support Father Baker’s legacy of caring.

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