A Message from Rev. Msgr. dAVID g. lipuma

Upon his arrival in February of 1882 as superintendent, Father Nelson Baker learned of the Institution’s growing debt. Immediately, the former entrepreneur and businessman emptied his personal savings and used his good name to restore the profitability of the Organization.

Father Baker sent letters to Catholics throughout the country asking for 25 cents to care for the dependent children under his care.  This was one of the ways he could continue the important work he had begun here in his "City of Charity."  He also established a number of societies, guilds, and helping hands organizations to raise funds to defray the costs associated with the Orphanage, the Protectory, and the Infant Home.

As time progressed and the number of donors grew, these individual fund raising elements came together under one title: Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity.

Today, OLV Charities is the fundraising and support services arm of all organizations within Our Lady of Victory. OLV Charities raises funds to help support devotion to Our Lady of Victory.  We also support OLV National Shrine & Basilica and Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and OLV Human Services, which provides programs to 4,200 children, youth and families annually.

Just as in Father Baker's time, we could not do what we do at his City of Charity without the help of the thousands of donors that provide us generous support.  We appreciate – and thank you – for all you’ve given to us.

May God bless you and Our Lady of Victory watch over you.

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Rev. Msgr. David G. LiPuma

President, Our Lady of Victory Institutions