Rev. Michael E. Drea
Pastor, St. Ann's Parish and St. Brendan's Parish, Boston
Reverend Michael E. Drea serves as pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Harvard Square, Cambridge and the senior chaplain to the Harvard University Catholic Center, directing the Catholic campus ministry. He is additionally responsible for St. Paul’s Choir School, the only Catholic choir school for boys in the United States.
Fr. Drea studied for the sacred priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, earning a Master of Divinity, and was ordained by Seán Cardinal O’Malley on May 22, 2004 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. At the time of his ordination, he was assigned as parochial vicar to St. Ann’s Parish in the Wollaston section of Quincy. Prior to ordination, Fr. Drea served as a transitional deacon at St. Mary of the Nativity Parish in Scituate Harbor.
Fr. Drea was born and raised in Whitman, Massachusetts, and is the oldest of four children. His belief in and commitment to Catholic education was nurtured in his youth, having graduated from St. Bridget’s School in Abington and Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. Fr. Drea is a loyal Boston College Eagle, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1988 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 1994 at B.C. Following his undergraduate education, he engaged the financial world at The Boston Company and then began a career in institutional advancement and alumni affairs at Cardinal Spellman High School and St. Sebastian’s School in Needham.
In the fall of 2009, Fr. Drea was invested as a priest-knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. In addition to FOCUS, Fr. Drea serves on a number of boards and committees, including the board of trustees of St. Sebastian’s School, Needham, and St. John’s Seminary, the major seminary for the Archdiocese of Boston. Fr. Drea also serves as a member of the Dunster House Senior Common Room at Harvard.