Mother Angelica's Spiritual Son Ordained a Marian Priest

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By Melanie Williams (Jun 1, 2019)
In the beautiful crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception, a spiritual son of Mother Angelica, the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), was ordained a Marian priest. Father Michael Baker, MIC, originally from San Diego, California, was filled with peace and joy on this momentous occasion.

Father Michael joined the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in 2010 after working as a television producer for EWTN.

In 2005, he moved from Southern California to Birmingham, Alabama, to discern a vocation with the Franciscan Friars religious community founded by Mother Angelica. She gave him the religious name Giovanni (Italian for "John") Maria of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This name spoke of his relationship to Jesus and Mary at the foot of the Cross. He knew Jesus was asking him to take Mary as his mother, just as He asked the Apostle John (see Jn 19:27). In turn, Mary took him as her son.

Although it ultimately didn't work out with the Franciscans Friars, he had the opportunity to work at EWTN.

"It was a beautiful gift to be able to spend time with my spiritual mother," Fr. Michael said. There, he received the call to his vocation with the Marian Fathers.

"In early October 2009, a week before my birthday, was praying in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at EWTN. In front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, I heard Mary's voice. She told me, 'I'm going to give you a gift on your birthday, but you're not going to figure it out right away." The gift was my vocation. Since then, Our Lady has continued to walk faithfully with me throughout my journey. One of my greatest joys as a Marian has been learning to trust in Mary's maternal guidance. I've continued to grow deeper in my devotion to her and see even more clearly just how necessary a relationship with her is."

Father Michael chose to enter the Marian Fathers because of the Marians' love for our Lord and Our Lady, and they are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Father Michael's mother, Anna, flew all the way from California to witness the special day. Also present were friends from his hometown and a group of young men whom Deacon Michael has ministered to on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville over the past six years. The young men are all part of a fraternal household called The Knights of the Holy Queen. The "Knights" as they are familiarly called, have had Marian Fathers as chaplains going back decades, even back to when the now-vicar general of the Marian Fathers the Very Rev. Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, was at the Marian House of Studies in Steubenville, Ohio.

The ordaining bishop in attendance was the Very Rev. Martin Uzoukwu of Nigeria, a personal friend of the Marian Fathers and of the newly ordained Fr. Michael Baker, MIC.

Father Michael's first priestly assignment is to serve as a formator at the Marian House of Studies in Steubenville, Ohio.

Surrounded by his family and friends, Fr. Michael wishes to extend his heartfelt gratitude to you, all of our Marian Helpers, for your prayers and support especially as he begins his priestly ministry.

Father Michael celebrated his first Mass the following day. Here's the homily delivered by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC:

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Glenn, MMDM - Jul 28, 2019

Congrats Father Michael! It was a blessing meeting you on that Discernment Retreat back in December of 2017. May Our Lady continue to cover you with her mantle, and bless with you the graces of her Immaculate Heart. God bless you and keep you. Please pray for me.

Marie José Dominique - Jun 14, 2019

Thank you Father Michael May God Bless you and may the blessed Virgin Mother protect you. I will always pray for you. I just started a group for the Divine Mercy call Ocean de la Miséricorde that’s in French because I’m in Haiti “Ocean Of Mercy” Please pray for us also because Haiti really needs The message of the Divine Mercy I’m putting you in our list pray for our priest. Thank you Father

Marie Gurevitch - Jun 13, 2019

Fr Michael god bless you may the holy family be with you each and every day you will be added to my list of priests each day at mass

Mary Ann Pfister - Jun 12, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael!! God Bless You and the Holy Spirit always be with you! I will keep you in my prayers!

Caroline - Jun 11, 2019

Thank You for answering God's call.
May the Blessed Mother always be your constant companion.
Congratulations and again, Thank You.

Jenny and Bob - Jun 11, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael, May the Holy Spirit guide you and our Blessed Mother Mary protect you always as her very own son.

Daisy and Edward UY - Jun 11, 2019

Congratulations!!! Fr. Michael,God has done an awesome job on you. I will forever pray for you forever.

Jeannette Clark - Jun 11, 2019

Congratulations Father Baker, and welcome to the Fold! Marian Fathers MIC and their teachings have quite literally changed my life, and I am forever grateful! We need so many more of you all, out preaching and changing our world as we work together with Our Blessed Mother to bring as many Souls as possible to the Foot of His Cross. Welcome to the Fold! May God Bless You and protect you, and may you continue to thank Mary in all that you do for her beautiful birthday gift by following in her footsteps as she leads you and your followers back to Our Lord. Amen

Fredie E. Mantolino - Jun 9, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael Baker MIC I happy for you thanks be to God ????????????

Disregard???????? was a mistake.

Fredie E. Mantolino - Jun 9, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael Baker MIC I’m happy for you,,,,Thanks be to God????????????

Greg Fischer - Jun 8, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael! May God fill you with his blessings and the Blessed Virgin shower you with the grace of her Son.

Cillo family - Jun 7, 2019

Dear Fr . Michael
Congratulations !!!
May God Bless you and
Mother Mary may protect you
forever .
You and the Marians are in our prayers
With the Love of Christ
God Bless you
The Cillo family

Anna Baker - Jun 6, 2019

I am blessed to have you as my son and am so very proud of you. I love you so much.

Fr. Bill Hayward M.I.C. - Jun 6, 2019

Thank you for saying "yes" to the call of God in your life and your openness to the spiritual nudge of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God will bless you.

Patrick - Jun 5, 2019

Congratulations Father Michael on your priestly ordination. May God continue to strengthen you and continue to grant you the grace of perseverance in your priestly ministry.May the good Lord bless you.Accept my sincere congratution once again.

Fr. Michael Congratulations - Jun 4, 2019

Hi Fr. Michael, congratulations to this awesome accomplishment! May God's grace, mercy, favor and most importantly His forever love always be with you. God bless you, love you and very happy for you and your mom. I know she is so proud of you. Blessings, Tim, Maria, Mason & Ruby

Fredie Mantolino - Jun 4, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael Baker, I’m happy for you God bless you always.

Lorraine - Jun 4, 2019

How can we get one of Father's ordination holy cards?
In any event, God bless you, dear Father. My prayer is that you become as holy as Our Lord wills you to be so that we, too, may grow in holiness. As the priest goes, so goes the laity.

barbara - Jun 4, 2019

Wonderful news on the ordination. I will pray for you Michael. Love that name (St. Michael).

Anthony - Jun 4, 2019

Dear Fr Michael,I am so happy to here of your ordination we were friends togethe with Br Louis and now you have been ordained what a blessing you are and you have such a blessed Community please pray for me I am still the Carer for my dad who is now 92 and for my youngest brother Albert Br Louis was so happy to here of your ordination we are alwatys praying for you dad and I pray the rosary every night for your intentions so I asked that you remember my dad my brother and I in your prayers.May our Lady watch over you and cover with her mantel as you spread the gospel of her son to all.

Richard and Barbara - Jun 3, 2019

Fr. Michael, We are so happy for you at this special time of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood. Thank you for answering God's call and offering to serve Him throughout your life and bring many souls to Him. We will pray for you and ask for your prayers for our family . May God bless you always.

Paula - Jun 3, 2019

God Bless you Fr. Michael. May the Lord lead you as you sheppard His beloved children. May the Blessed Mother be your constant companion.

Lori Morein - Jun 3, 2019

Congrats to you Fr Michael!! No doubt you would become a priest.. Brother Michael!! Love and Blessing, Lori from the Camino de Santiago 4 yr ago today

Abraham Khadivi - Jun 3, 2019

Fr Michael you were such an inspiration to me when I came on a discernment visit to the Franciscan House of Studies a year ago. You were filled with the most contagious peace and joy, and you treated me as a brother. Praying for you always, God bless.

Mary - Jun 3, 2019

God bless you on your spiritual journey.Now joined with our lord Jesus and his blessed mother Mary. God bless you .

- Jun 3, 2019


Onyekachukwu - Jun 3, 2019

Congratulations,I pray more wisdom, strength to serve our Almighty God.

Mary Merrill - Jun 3, 2019

A very moving homily.
Congratulations on your ordination.

Laurie Frasor - Jun 3, 2019

Congratulations Fr. Michael!! I so wish Larry were still alive to share in this special time. Larry and I had the privilege to visit EWTN in November 2007 and spend several days staying with Michael. I know Fr. Michael will be a true blessing to the Church.

Fr. David R. Lord - Jun 2, 2019

Congratulations my brother you are in my prayers you are a priest forever new very beautiful you're a priest of Jesus Christ Our Lord. I read they are articles with the Mother Angelica so inspiring to me. Mother Angelica called me when I was the Rector of Shrine of the Divine Mercy, so very patient in kind. I will pray for you always.