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In Memory of Fr. James Baka

I was in absolute shock when I received the word from Fr. Ariel that Fr. James Baka, a Nigerian Priest, assigned as an Associate Pastor in St. Rose of Lima, Safford, AZ, died late this morning. A very friendly fellow who put a smile on his face in every encounter and someone who never knew a stranger. Towards the end of the retreat, I remember, he complained of a stomach ache, which I thought was no big deal. He contacted his Doctor and was advised to leave early in the retreat. Since then, I didn’t hear anything which I presumed he was well, until this sad news. 
Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord…
And let perpetual light shine upon him…
May he rest in peace. Amen. 
Have a safe journey back home, Brother! 
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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.


  1. Anonymous says

    RIP Father i shall forever remember your BIG smile to all our community, from your friend YOLI

  2. Anonymous says

    I absolutely will miss Fr. James Baka, I loved hearing his 9:30 spanish sermon at St Lukes Church in Douglas. Rest in Peace Father James Baka, you are now home. I will miss you and pray with you forever.

    Douglas Parishioner, ~J~

  3. Anonymous says

    Anonymous Said…

    Our dearest Fr. James Baka. Our family was sad to see you leave to Safford. We had the consulation that we could drive to Safford to see you.We look foward to 11:30 mass to see your beautiful smile and enjoyed your Sermon.You helped my husband when he was ill.You gave him the will power to get up and work again. You will greatly be missed.Now you will rest in peace and with the Lord and have no more pain. God bless you!

    Parishioner from Inmaculate Conception Church (W)
    October 29,2010 8:10 PM

  4. ABCVasqez says

    Fr. James will be greatly missed in Douglas, AZ. He touched so many lives. We loved his sense of humor and his love of life. He was a true example of what God wants us all to be. We will never forget him.

    A.B.C. Vasquez

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