“I realized at the end of that second year that my strong points were with the Church rather than the legal profession, so I dedicated myself completely to the Church. I studied for six years and then was ordained a deacon on December 12, 1993.”
In addition to the diaconate and responsibilities at work, Avagliano dedicated his life to caring for his family. Together they were “a very close family, very loving, we all got along very well. Fortunately, we prayed and always had the Word of the Lord, the accompaniment of God that guided us in every undertaking," he added.
For Fr. Avagliano “the gift of married life is beautiful. You train up your children so they too get to know and internalize the Catholic faith, the Holy Trinity and the love of the Virgin Mary. We are always accompanied” on the journey.
The new priest said he always felt “a very strong call from God” and that “that love was penetrating my heart and was leading and enlightening me,” until one day, after the death of his wife and a couple of years of discernment, "the call to the priestly vocation became a reality."
During the ordination Mass, Bishop Tissera told Fr. Avagliano that “it is not by chance that your ordination is on the day of Saint Joseph,” because “like him you have experienced the beauty of love as a couple, the experience of marriage, the joy of being a dad; the responsibility of forming a home, the joy of expecting your children and their birth; the incomparable joy of the first babblings of a baby looking into your eyes and saying the most wonderful word: daddy.”
“You have felt in your heart and on your back the responsibility of providing for your family life with your work and ensuring their education; you have also suffered the heartbreak of the death of your wife and your beloved grandson; also your consecration to God in the diaconate. In so many things you are like Joseph,” the bishop noted.
Fr. Avagliano said that the fact that God has called him to live out both vocations is a great commission and a great blessing that he takes up with joy. "I am grateful [to God] for believing in me and having confidence in me," he said, and stressed that "everything that you receive from God, you cannot but give back to him."