Father Raymond Adams attended Fordham College for both his undergraduate and master’s degrees, which he received in 1960 and 1961, respectively. In 1966, he was ordained a priest. He taught anthropology at Fordham University from 1979-1984 and served as the assistant dean of freshmen from 1984-1986. That same year he departed the U.S. for Ghana, where he would serve at the University of Cape Coast as a professor of anthropology and sociology and at the Cape Coast mission, where he eventually became the superior.

On November 12, 1989, Father Adams was approached by a young man requesting additional funding for his education. However, Father Adams, recognizing that the young man had been using the money to purchase drugs, refused. As a result, the young man stabbed him to death that same night while Father Adams was sleeping at the Jesuit mission.