Part of our Catholic tradition includes the annual May crowning. This event celebrates and honors the Blessed Virgin Mary and recognizes her as Queen of Heaven. The service helps to bring all who attend it closer to the Blessed Mother and to Christ.
This tradition was first celebrated by the Catholic Schools in Lafayette at the all-girls high school, St. Francis High School. This was a tradition that was close to the heart of all the young women of St. Francis. Each year, the school body would vote for a senior to be the May Queen, who would have the honor of crowning a statue of Mary. There would be a procession of the students including bearers who carried the statue. The May Queen would dress in white, with attendants dressed in blue, and flower girls dressed in pink.
The May Crowning tradition continued even after St. Francis High School was closed and Central Catholic was opened, with CC holding the May Crowning at Columbian Park for a few years before moving it to the school.
Today, although a May Queen and her attendants are no longer voted on, all 4 of our schools, independently, continue to observe the May Crowning tradition, often with all of the students invited to each bring a flower to be placed before the statue of Mary.