A funeral mass will be held at the Archbishop Mongeau Chapel of the Notre Dame University, with Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, OMI, as main celebrant.
Hagad, who suffered a stroke and was rushed to the hospital on January 27, passed away at around 3 p.m. on January 31 at the Cotabato Regional Hospital, his two daughters by his bedside.
Hagad was Associate Editor of the Mindanao Cross from 1995 to 2003 and editor in chief since 2003.
He was “an Oblate co-worker and mission partner” for 49 years, having spent most of his time with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the congregation that runs Notre Dame University.
Hagad finished his AB Philosophy at the San Jose Seminary in 1964 and his MA at the Institue for the Development of Educational Administrators at Xavier University in 1975.
He was employed at the Notre Dame University from June 1, 1964 to March 31, 1999, serving as Instructor to both Undergraduate and Graduate School.
He taught Religious Studies, History, Computer Science, Philosophy (Undergrad); and Philosophy of Education, Business Ethics, Modern Theories, Research and Educational Management (Graduate).
Hagad also served as Assistant to the President; Director- Planning and Development Office;
Director- Computer Center (data Processing Center); Vice President for Finance and Development, then later Vice President for Finance and Administration; Director- Institutional Research Planning and Development Office.
He was also a member of the Educational Board of the NDU Journal; was Research Specialist or the Socio Economic Research Center, now University Research Center; Program Officer- Notre Dame Educational Association (1968-1969); Executive Secretary- NDEA (1969-1971); Recording Secretary of the Oblate Educational System Board of Trust (2004-2009).
Hagad was also a part-time English teacher of De Mazenod Community
He is survived by daughters Rebecca, an engineer, and Regina, a lawyer. His wife, Rebecca Ferraris, a high school teacher at the Notre Dame Girls Department passed away several years ago. (MindaNews)