Father David Baker was ordained a Catholic priest on May 19, 2007. He is a second-career vocation to the priesthood. He first studied mechanical engineering and worked at Cooper Turbocompressor, in Buffalo. He then spent two years as a computer network administrator at the University at Buffalo, which included supercomputer work for UB’s Center for Computational Research.
Feeling drawn somehow to help the Diocese of Buffalo, he first inquired about the possibility of working for the diocese in the field of computers but there were no jobs available in that area. God had a different kind of involvement in mind for Father David. So he switched from the study of Physics to the study of Metaphysics. In the seminary, he learned philosophy, languages, music history, and, of course, Scripture and theology.
Celebrating Mass, preaching, and administering the Sacraments are, for Father Baker, the best parts of being a priest. When people receive the sacraments from him, they take those graces and blessings which flow from God, through him, to them, out into the whole world. He had been stationed at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, and is now serving at St. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda, NY.