I was looking at some old pictures and this one caught my attention. The baby’s Mother, Virgie, was a Social Worker. We were working together in Manila at the Philippine Agency for community and Family, Inc. (PACAF). Virgie told me her baby’s birthday was April 13…the year was 1983. She said her little girl would be called Hannah Vi. The Vi, she said, was for Virgeen. I felt honored to have her as a namesake. I would be “Lola” (Grandmother) to her and she would be my “Apo” .Years have passed, Hanna Vi is now a Social Worker in Manila.
Seeing this picture again brought back so many happy memories of that time of my life. I am aware that life is filled with so many precious moments. Just one little picture brought back so many mental pictures of our PACAF Staff and the people we served in Quezon City and Navotas. Being a Maryknoll Sister has given me friends near and far and for this, I am grateful.
Sister Virgeen Healey, MM