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Holy Rosary Institute centennial celebration

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This weekend in Lafayette people are celebrating more than just Labor Day. One local institution is now a national landmark. And what better time to unveil their national monument than during their centennial celebration.

100 years ago the Holy Rosary Institute was founded. Originally as a vocational and technical school, providing education to students from around the world. The Holy Rosary Institute Alumni and Friends Association Incorporated had worked hard to permanently document the school's rich cultural significance as a Louisiana historic landmark.

"It's going to be on the street so everyone can view as they are traveling by. Finally our building is a historical landmark and we have the monument to show it." said Holy Rosary Institute Alumni President Pamela Jolivette,

During the centennial celebration, Sister Mary Bertrand Neveu, the oldest of the sisters of the holy family, had the honors of unveiling the brand-new national monument.

"Sister Bertrand is now 91-years-old and she worked here has a mistress for the girls who were boarding here for many years." said Sister of Holy Family Agnes Marie Sampay

The school-wide reunion hailed alumni from all across the nation. Graduates from the 1950's to the early 90's, they expressed gratitude to their parents that worked so hard giving them the opportunity to be apart of Holy Rosary Institute. But they also agree on one sadness

Although the school has been closed since 1993, the Alumni and Friends Association continue to raise money toward its restoration.

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