Father William F. “Bill” Drobach, S.A.


Father William F. “Bill” Drobach, S.A., who ministered at St. Christopher’s Inn in Garrison for 19 years, died May 20. He was 78.

Father Drobach was at St. Christopher’s Inn, 2000-2017, as counselor and vice president, and was appointed president and CEO in 2010. He returned part time to St. Christopher’s Inn, 2019-2021, as a member of the pastoral team and Office of Mission Effectiveness.

He also served in Los Angeles, Canada, Italy and West Indies.

Born in Newark, N.J., he entered the Franciscan Friars of Atonement in 1982, professed final vows in 1987 and was ordained in 1988.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., and completed his studies for the priesthood at Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C.

His brother, John, and his sister, Nancy Ford, survive him.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 26 in Our Lady of the Atonement Chapel at Graymoor, Garrison. Burial was to be held at a future date.

Father William F. “Bill” Drobach, S.A.