John A. Drabinski, O.S.A.

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1889 – 1927 (October 9)

John Aloysius Drabinski was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary on September 29, 1889, to John Drabinski and Mary Maurer. He immigrated to the United States and lived in Camden, New Jersey, where he attended St. Peter School and later St. Vincent Orphanage, in Tacony. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1907, and professed simple vows on July 6, 1908. He was solemnly professed on July 6, 1911. John was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Edmond Prendergast in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, on May 30, 1914. He celebrated his First Mass the following day at St. Vincent in Tacony.

Father Drabinski served first at Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Chestnut Hill, Pa., and then at Lawrence, Massachusetts, as rector of the Church of the Assumption from 1917 to 1927. While rector, among other things, he organized a parish orchestra, erected a new altar and formed a track team.

Father Drabinski died in Lawrence on October 9, 1927 at the age of 38. He is buried at Villanova in the Community Cemetery.