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Why St. Peter for the Mass? In part due to its proximity to the site of the original school, but also in homage to the Dominicans who played a crucial role in not only helping the Brothers establish the first school on Adams Avenue, but also housing them until a residence was built.

The marker erected at the location of the original school (612 Adams Avenue) reads: “At this site, on November 17, 1871, the Christian Brothers purchased what was the Memphis Female College. Brother Maurelian, who served as the first president of Christian Brothers College, along with three other Brothers and one layman, opened classes on November 20. Overcoming financial crises and yellow fever epidemics during the 1870s, Christian Brothers College continued to provide for the educational needs of Memphis at this location until 1940 when the Brothers moved Christian Brothers College to its present location on East Parkway South.”

What about COVID? COVID-19 protocols (as they exist at that time) will be observed, with CBU requiring masking. The public health conditions will be closely monitored and, as we have throughout the pandemic, we will adjust as necessary. Registration at is required for in-person attendance.