Sts. Peter & Paul Regional Catholic School celebrated its 100th anniversary, or "Saintennial," on Thursday by releasing a 75-foot "balloon rosary" from Triangle Park in downtown Lexington.
The Most Rev. Ronald Gainer, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, led students, staffers and residents in a public recitation of the rosary, after which the rosary made of helium-filled balloons floated skyward.
There were 59 yellow and blue balloons, one for each bead in the rosary, and a cross that was made by students. The event was part of a year-long observance of the school's founding on Short Street in 1913.
"The balloons could have gone in any direction," school president Jeanne Miller said. "But they floated up and passed right over the school."