Father Wagner grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He attended the Angelicum in Rome to study for his priesthood and finished with a doctorate in theology. His dissertation was titled, The Mission of the Holy Angels in the Economy of Salvation. After serving his order for 43 years in Europe he was returned to the United States. He is currently stationed at St. Gabriel Monastery in Ohio, giving retreats and missions for the work of the Holy Angels. Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross/Opus Sanctorum Angelorum.