After the mass at the Loyola House, we proceeded to the VIP Hotel for a get-together. While waiting for others to arrive, “light and bubbly” conversation started to fill up the room. There were about a score of Haggerty boys who signified their coming to the occasion through email but only 10 arrived. The presence of Manang Norms helped much in re-energizing our memory cells while reminiscing our stint in Haggerty. At first we found comfort only with our batch mates but gradually, we blended naturally as conversation delved into the fun we went through and values we have had shared together and continue to find solace in, in times of crisis and when faced with the challenges to excel in our fields of endeavor.
Only a few of us gorged on foods prepared for 25 persons. The rest somehow developed aversion to meat and sweets, too wary perhaps of clogged arteries, bloated kidneys, liver and pancreas or just too anxious to celebrate New Year. Later, each had a pouchful of leftovers.
During the first volley of conversation, we discovered ourselves as Haggerty boys but after we have formed a circle and a runoff of beer and coffee passed through our esophagus, we found out – after all those years of searching for meaning in life – there were indeed traces of “men” in us. Not really “man for others” or driven by Ignatian Spirituality but, at least, the desire to become or to be infected again lingers.
In search for commonalities, we could only agree on two things without any argument and bias: That we once all passed through Haggerty and the desire to serve continues to disturb us.
After introducing ourselves and knowing where we are now, we agreed to consolidate the pack – inside out. But it took us some time to decide how to do it. Finally, a CDO-based core group or working committee was formed to come up with the directory of Haggerty boys, conceptualize a project in view of the Mindanaw context and knit the thread of communication among us. To do these, the working committee has to sacrifice time and resources, reach out, muster support and lead. Those who are volunteered to compose the working committee deserve whatever–. We only need to be tickled by their ideas to depart temporarily from our work and domestic concerns.
To start with, we have a yahoogroup, “Haggertyhall” wherein we can gloss over ideas and updates from Haggerty boys around the globe. So register now and contribute.
We may have lost something (face or souls) when we left Haggerty, but I believe we have made a pact with ourselves to have a dent on social transformation, poverty alleviation and at least, become a better father (others argue not as husband). Anyway.
Our grateful indebtedness to Jasper and Edmund, who took the initiative and much of the preparation in the first-ever momentous gathering of Haggerty boys, will continue to haunt us in failing the coming events.
Mabuhay ang mga Haggerty boys diha sa padayong pagserbisyo sa katawhan ug katilingban! Mag abot pa ta og usab!
– daniel conejar