Rev. Raymond M. Rafferty was pastor of Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan from 1998 to 2013. Since his ordination at St. Joseph’s Seminary in 1966, Father Rafferty has served as assistant and pastor in several NYC churches and as director of New York University’s Catholic Center. He has even served as pastor for the English-speaking Church of Our Savior in The Hague, Netherlands.
Along the way, he was the youngest president of the Senate of Priests of the New York Archdiocese and the President of the New City Library. He is deeply involved in community affairs, particularly as an active member of the Board of Directors of Community Impact at Columbia University and of the Morningside Area Alliance, and can often be found at the educational, cultural, and religious institutions of Morningside Heights. Corpus Christi’s Young Adult Group and the Lenten Sunday Vespers program are just two of the additions he has made to the Church’s array of services.
Besides pastoral work, he enjoys visits to his beloved Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Frick Collection.
Fr. Rafferty celebrated his 50th anniversary of his ordination on May 29, 2016.