May 20, 2021
To make donations in Fr. Bill's memory you may follow the links below. https://www.atonementfriars.org/the-friends-of-father-bill-memorial-fund/ https://stchristophersinn-graymoor.org/the-friends-of-father-bill-memorial-fund/ Father William F. “Bill” Drobach, SA, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, passed from this life on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Atonement Chapel at Graymoor in Garrison, NY. A wake service will follow at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m., also in OLA Chapel. Interment will be held at a future date. Fr. Drobach was born on September 17, 1942 in Newark, NJ. He attended local elementary schools and graduated from Archbishop Walsh High School in Irvington, NJ in 1960. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seton Hall University in 1965 and a Masters of Divinity degree from Washington Theological Union in 1988. Fr. Drobach joined the Friars of the Atonement in 1982 and received the habit in 1983. He made his first profession in 1984 and professed final vows in 1987. He was ordained in 1988 at Graymoor by Bishop William J. McCormack. After his ordination in 1988, Fr. Drobach served as Pastor at Reconciliation Communities in Bridgeport, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies until 1991. He was appointed Director of Novices at Graymoor in 1991 and served in that role until 1995. Fr. Drobach was Pastor of St. Odilia Parish in South Central Los Angeles, California from 1995 – 1999 and Associate Pastor at Church of the Atonement in Windsor, Ontario, Canada from 2000 – 2001. From 2001 through 2017, Fr. Drobach ministered at St. Christopher’s Inn as Counselor and Vice President and was appointed President and CEO in 2010. He left Graymoor in 2017 to serve as the Friars’ Novice Director in Assisi, Italy until 2019. Fr. Drobach returned to part-time ministry at St. Christopher’s Inn in 2019 as a member of the pastoral team and Office of Mission Effectiveness. In October 2019, the Prevention Council of Putnam County, NY honored Fr. Drobach with the James Reitz Making a Difference – Outstanding Community Service Award in recognition of his “exemplary contributions and accomplishments in the fields of substance use and disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.” Fr. Drobach was a resident of the Friary at St. Christopher’s Inn in Garrison, NY at the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Christopher’s Inn. The Friars have also established a special Friends of Father Bill Memorial Fund in support of Friar ministries. Details can be found on the websites of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement (www.atonementfriars.org) and St. Christopher’s Inn (www.stchristophersinn.org). Fr. Drobach was the son of the late William F. Drobach, Sr. and Grace M. (Culver) Drobach, both of Newark, NJ. He is survived by a brother, John E. Drobach, and sister, Nancy H. Ford.
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