Msgr. Nelson H. Baker was a Roman Catholic priest from Buffalo, NY. During his 60 years of service he focused all his energies on meeting the needs of the poor, the homeless and the unwanted. He is most remembered for his orphanage for boys, known as Father Baker’s. His faith and compassion for those in need prompted the call for his canonization. In 1987 the Vatican bestowed him with the title of Servant of God. His cause of canonization continues and is waiting for a confirmed miracle that will move his cause forward to the next phase, beatification.
Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador during a period of great social crisis. He became a vocal advocate for human rights reform in spite of death squads that threatened him. On March 24, 1980 Archbishop Romero was murdered by an assassin’s bullet while celebrating mass. After his death, the people of El Salvador called for his canonization. His cause for canonization is being presented to the Vatican as that of a martyr. He has been declared Servant of God by the Vatican and is yet to be officially recognized by the Vatican as a martyr.
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was a Native American Indian who was converted to the Catholic faith by Jesuit missionaries in the 1600’s. Her faith led her to defy certain Mohawk traditions, and as a result she was ostracized by her community. With the encouragement of the missionaries she fled her village and traveled to the Saint Francis Xavier Mission, known as the praying village, near Montreal, Canada where she was baptized and able to freely practice her faith. She was held up as an example for others to follow, due to her devoutness. Blessed Kateri’s heroic virtue was established in 1942, and she was beatified in 1980, 300 years after her death.
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska was a humble Polish Nun who belonged to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, an order devoted to the care and education of troubled young women. She is said to have received visions of Jesus instructing her to spread His message of Divine Mercy. She kept a diary of these encounters that is now published all over the world. Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow officially began the investigation for Sister Faustina’s cause in 1965 and three years later she was named Servant of God. Pope John Paul II presided over the beatification ceremony of Sister Faustina on April 18, 1993 and canonized Blessed Faustina on April 30, 2000. Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska's name is now listed in the canon of saints, allowing the faithful