Our Lady of Victory Basilica is a magnificent place to visit in South Buffalo. Located at 767 Ridge Road, the inspiring structure was built by “Father Baker,” and it rivals any church you’d find in Europe. It’s open daily from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Visitors of all faiths are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
Sometimes we all need to get away from the craziness of modern life. Walk into the Basilica on a typical day, and you’ll notice how quiet it is. Look up, and see the art on the walls and ceilings. The stained glass is intricate. Have a seat in the pews and take it all in; better yet, use the time to have a chat with the Lord. Tell God about your troubles as well as your triumphs. Ask the Lord to give you strength to get through life’s challenges. God is love, and brings hope to the hopeless and peace to those in pain.
Guided Tours of the OLV Basilica
Open, guided tours are conducted every Sunday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (except on Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day). You do not have to make an appointment to take part in an Open Tour. Just wait for a tour guide by the “Tour Begins Here” sign located in the vestibule (the main foyer) of the Basilica by 1 or 2 p.m. (Please note: if baptisms or first communions are scheduled, tours may be delayed for a short time.)
Personal tours of the Buffalo Basilica can be scheduled any time between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the week, as long as they do not conflict with Masses, weddings, or funerals. Personal tours can be as long or short as desired. Generally, tours last approximately 75 minutes, although arrangements can be made to shorten/lengthen your visit. To schedule a personal tour, call 716-828-7517.
Tours of the breathtaking OLV Buffalo Basilica are free of charge, although donations are accepted and go toward offsetting the cost of ongoing renovations and maintenance. Ample, free parking is available behind the Basilica and is accessible off of South Park Avenue (Rte. 62). The Buffalo Basilica is wheelchair accessible. In the basement, you’ll find a Father Baker Museum and well-stocked Catholic gift shop, as well as restrooms and pop machines. If you have any questions, call (716) 828-7517. –Mark Weber