Fr. Dennis M. Baker, SJ
Fr. Dennis M. Baker, SJ

Fr. Dennis M. Baker, SJ, 35, was born and raised in upstate New York. As a student at Canisius High School in Buffalo, Fr. Baker was a dedicated athlete and member of the cross country, baseball and basketball teams. His time at Canisius had a tremendous influence on Fr. Baker because he came to know the Jesuits, and it changed the way he looked at the world. He was impressed by these men who could quote Shakespeare, say Mass and even drive a snowplow while influencing young lives and forming men for others. At Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, Fr. Baker found that the seeds of intellectual curiosity planted at Canisius flowered, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2002. Interested in a career in criminal justice, he went on to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from New York’s Niagara University in Lewiston, while also teaching history at Canisius. He entered the Jesuits in 2004, and as a novice spent six months in Micronesia teaching at Xavier High School in Chuuk. Returning to Fordham, Fr. Baker earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2009 and was then missioned to Xavier High School in Manhattan, where he taught history and coached basketball and baseball. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester, Massachusetts. He also volunteered at the Franciscan Food Center and served as a clerk for the Archdiocese of Boston’s Marriage Tribunal. A member of the boards of trustees of Fairfield University in Connecticut and Regis High School in Manhattan, Fr. Baker’s lifelong love of sports helped inspire his recent report for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities on mission, identity and athletics at Jesuit schools. After ordination, Fr. Baker will pursue a master’s in educational leadership. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan. (Northeast Province) 











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