Quilmes, Argentina, Jun 7, 2021 / 15:19 pm
Luis Avagliano served as a permanent deacon for 27 years, but after the death of his wife almost seven years ago he felt God's call to be “the father of many more children”, and was ordained a priest March 19.
The newly ordained priest, 68, was married for 38 years to Flora, who died in 2014. The couple had two children, both of whom attended the ordination Mass celebrated by Bishop Carlos José Tissera of Quilmes.
The ordination took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, where Fr. Avagliano had served as a deacon and is now assigned as a priest.
Speaking to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, the priest said that his ordination Mass was “a profound and moving ceremony from beginning to end” and it was a “powerful” experience to be ordained to the priesthood.
Attending the Mass were Fr. Avagliano’s two children, who supported his decision to become a priest when he told them about it almost two years ago.
The priest said he was always close to God growing up with his two sisters in a strong Catholic family in Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighborhood. He said that his parents gave him the love and care that served as an example for him when he began his own family.
One of the most difficult experiences for Fr. Avagliano was when he was 15 years old his father died, and three and a half months later his older sister died as well. He said that faith in God and his mother’s closeness to him and his other sister allowed them to carry on.