Father Rob Galea has recorded with several renowned artists such as pop idol Guy Sebastian, Paulini, Gary Pinto, Natasha Pinto and Amelia Farrugia, and has shared the stage with the likes of Matt Maher, Hillsong United, Darlene Zschech and more. After being selected to sing in the English version of the official 2016 World Youth Day song Blessed are the Merciful, and the international version of the official 2008 World Youth Day song, Receive the Power, Fr Rob entered the realm of the cast of musicians having performed in some key events before an estimated 500,000 pilgrims in Sydney. You can see Father’s 2015 appearance on Australia’s 2015 X Factor here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=78&v=SBDJ1Cj9s8w
Now, Father Rob has turned his talent to writing with his new book Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope published by Ave Maria Press. In his new book, he shares his journey from scared teenager to a passionate priest and invites you to learn more about the Catholic faith so you, too, can find hope in Christ.
Father Rob Galea was a lonely, miserable teenager. He wanted to feel like he belonged, so he joined a gang. He went clubbing. He drank. He stole things. He lied. His reckless lifestyle ultimately led him to hide in fear for his life from other gang members. He was so desperate in those days spent in his dark bedroom that he contemplated ending his life. Then a phone call from his grandmother about a youth group at a nearby church—an invitation not originally intended for him—helped Galea turn his life around. When he finally let God break through his loneliness and fear, he began to experience freedom and God’s unconditional love. In his new book Breakthrough, Galea takes you on his journey to seminary, the move from his home country of Malta to Australia, and the development of his ministry as a priest, speaker, singer/songwriter, and recording artist. Along the way, he’ll help you to see the life-changing journey of discipleship and how to find hope in your Catholic faith.
For Fr Rob Galea, who is currently serving St Killian’s Parish, in Bendigo, Victoria, his meteoric rise to fame is something he is struggling to come to terms with but says “he will do whatever it takes to shout God’s fame”. In just seven years the charismatic priest has released six albums, appeared on Australian X Factor, performed three world tours, written a book and sold his story called Breakthrough, which details his struggle with addiction, suicidal thoughts and depression through his discovery of the Lord, his time in the seminary and now as a priest in a small rural community. Fr Rob stresses he is a priest first and foremost and the potential film – like some of his other pursuits – are simply a “by-product of his relationship with God”. “This has all just happened so quickly, sometimes I can’t believe how far I have come,” he said. “I wrote the book to show the world redemption is possible, it’s about recovery and faith and serves to remind us all that anything is possible.”
It’s noteworthy that a group of Hollywood film producers have bought the rights to his book and are actively looking to produces a film based on his life.