Rev. Roy Alan Drake, S.J.

Accused in 2005 of raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old boy in 1969 on an overnight before a ski trip, while on assignment at Fordham Prep in the NY archdiocese. Accused in 2014 of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy on 6/30/74 while Drake worked at Maine Maritime Academy, located in the Portland diocese. Also assigned in the dioceses of Boston, Seattle, Grand Rapids or Saginaw, Syracuse, Washington, and St. Louis. Worked at colleges and retreat houses and gave hundreds of workshops and retreats in the US and internationally. Spiritual director in the NY archdiocese. At Vianney Renewal Center 2006-2008. Died 8/21/08.

Born: 7/3/30
: 1963
Died: 8/21/08

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1963 1964 Weston Observatory
Weston MA


See a history of Weston Observatory that mentions Drake's work.
1964 1965 Manresa Hall
Port Townsend WA Jesuit Tertianship Jesuit seminary
1965 1971

Fordham Preparatory School


• Accused in 2005 of raping and sodomizing a 13-year old boy in 1969. See article. At the time, Drake was listed in the Directory as living at Loyola-Faber Hall (see next entry).

NY For six years, Drake is indexed as being at Fordham Prep on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. But Drake is listed on the faculty of the Prep only for 1965-66.

Fordham Prep is a boys' high school. It had between 746 and 878 students during these years. Drake was indexed and listed here in the 1966 Official Catholic Directory. In the 1967-71 Directories he was indexed as being assigned here but was not listed in the Fordham Prep entry of the NY archdiocesan pages.

1966 1969

Fordham University

Bronx NY Assistant
Director of Seismic Observatory
1967 1970

Fordham University

Bronx NY   In the 1968, 1969, and 1970 Directories, Drake is listed in the Fordham University entry. In the 1969 and 1970 Directories, within the Fordham University entry, he is listed in a subsection of the university entry entitled Jesuit Faculty Community, Loyola-Faber Hall. In these years, he continued to be indexed in the Directory as being at Fordham Prep. The Loyola-Faber buildings, where Drake is listed as living 1968-70, are in the middle of Fordham University's Rose Hill campus, adjacent to Hughes Hall, where Fordham Prep was then located. See map.
1969 1971 New York University Manhattan NY Oceanography graduate student  
1971 1977 University of Maine


Drake was in Orono for at least part of this period.

ME Graduate student. Drake received an Ed.D. degree in 1977. His dissertation was "An analysis of the effects of matching and mismatching learning styles and learning environments."

Drake is not indexed or listed in the Directories for 1972-1974 or 1977. In the 1975-76 Directories he is listed as absent on leave.

A 2003 NY archdiocesan brochure confirms this Ed.D. and also mentions postgraduate work at New York University in geophysics, classics, and geophysical hydrodynamics (see previous entry).

1974 1977 Maine Maritime Academy


• Accused in 2014 of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy on 6/30/74, while Drake worked at Maine Maritime Academy.

ME Teacher and project director. Drake's affiliation with Maine Maritime Academy is also documented by a journal article that he co-authored there.
1977 1978   Rodney MI  

Listed in diocesan pages of Directory at Rt. 1, Box 82, Hillview Lake [Dr.], Rod[n]ey MI 49342.

1978 1979 Jesuits at Le Moyne Syracuse NY   Jesuit residence at Le Moyne College.
1979 1980 Leonard Neale House
Washington DC   Jesuit residence.
1980 1984 John Carroll University
Cleveland OH   Prefect of Dolan Hall. A former student who lived at the hall said that President Thomas P. O'Malley brought Drake in "to help shake things up institutionally and he was quite able." The student "heard Fr. Drake took ill and left the school, but was able to get better and had a new outlook on life." See 10/10/08 comment to I'm a Broken Hearted Deutcher (8/21/08).
1984 1986 Whereabouts unknown       Not indexed in Directories.
1986 1993 Jesuits at Le Moyne Syracuse NY    
1987 1993 Le Moyne College
Syracuse NY Associate Academic Dean 1987-88, and Director of Institutional Research 1988-93.  
1993   Gobind Sadan Palermo NY Member of board of directors. A Sikh interfaith community. See Parliament Participant, by Jim Reilly, Post-Standard (8/28/93).
1993 1994 Christ the King Retreat House
Syracuse NY Identified as "the administrator" in Parliament Participant, by Jim Reilly, Post-Standard (8/28/93). Jesuit retreat house "for priests, nuns, laity, and youth of Upstate New York."
1994 2006 Murray-Weigel Hall
New York NY

Directories list Drake as "Sub-Min."

A 9/8/03 archdiocesan brochure created by Ann Marie Wallace on 9/8/03 (see excerpt and the full brochure) states that Drake was a "speaker at national and international conferences on addiction in addition to over 500 workshops and over 100 retreats in the United States and Canada and also in many other nations." Among these were: a 1996 retreat at Manna House of Prayer, Concordia KS; a 1998 12-step retreat in Montreal, Canada; and a 12-step presentation at a conference in India discussed by Drake in 2003.

2003 2004

Center for Spiritual Development, Archdiocese of New York



96 Milton Road

Part of the Spiritual Direction Program was conducted at:

Trinity Retreat
1 Pryer Manor Road
Larchmont NY

NY Faculty Drake is listed as faculty in the archdiocesan brochure referenced above, and was reportedly included in this online faculty list as recently as 2006. In 2003, Drake was one of six faculty teaching in the archdiocese's Spiritual Direction Program.
2006 2008 Vianney Renewal Center Dittmer MO Patient

Vianney is a sexual abuse treatment center, operated by the Servants of the Paraclete. See Jesuit Directory listing.

Drake is not listed in the 2007 or 2008 Directories.

8/21/08   Died Bronx NY   See Jesuit newsletter.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1964-2008).

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy & Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.



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