Brother Luke Joseph Kenrick was born on Dec. 31, 1876 in New Orleans, LA. As a youth, he attended St. Joseph’s School in New Orleans (also taught by the Christian Brothers), and entered the training school of La Salle Institute for the Christian Brothers in Glencoe, MO in 1891. Brother Luke Joseph became a member of the order in September, 1893, and went on to receive an M.A. from Christian Brothers College in St. Louis, MO in 1901. His first assignment was at De La Salle High School in Chicago in 1895.
After a short stint in Chicago he arrived in Memphis to teach at Christian Brothers College from 1896-1900, and returned to CBC once again in 1913. Brother Luke Joseph went on to serve as teacher and president at CBC until his eventual retirement in 1943.
“He was more than a great educator. He took a deep personal interest in us, particularly on the athletic field. He and his own brother, the late Brother J. Matthew, were always out there in games with us. Brother Joseph was a remarkable man”
-Judge Sam Bates
Brother Luke Joseph played an integral role in moving the school from its 612 Adams St. location to the more spacious site at Central Avenue and East Parkway South in 1940. Throughout his teaching career, Brother Luke Joseph taught literature, philosophy, history, astronomy and public speaking. He served as President of the college during two terms: 1922-1928 and 1935-1941. In addition, he re-established college courses at CBC in 1940. From 1928-29 he also served as the Athletic Director for CBC. Brother Luke Joseph was remembered for his geniality, gentleness, brilliance, humility, and revered by all for his keenness of mind and kindness of heart.
Brother Luke Joseph passed away on February 15, 1947.