From troubled teenager to Catholic priest
|Fr Robert Galea’s music provides the youth of the Church with a medium to enrich their faith life.|
Fr Rob Galea, a young priest from the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst and world-renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist who has produced six albums, spoke and performed at Faith at the Fiddler on Thursday14 March.
Faith at the Fiddler is organised by Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta as an opportunity for teachers and young people within the Diocese to gather together at Sydney’s most famous pub, the Mean Fiddler in Rouse Hill, to discuss issues of faith in a social environment.
Fr Rob spoke passionately about the joys and challenges of being a Catholic and being a priest. He shared his moving conversion story, which took him from troubled teenager to Catholic priest.
At the centre of his conversion was the discovery that he was loved deeply and personally by Jesus Christ. When he entered into a deep relationship with Jesus, his faith grew and he became a person capable of attracting others to faith.
It was enriching to hear about his evangelising work in the parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Sandhurst and indeed throughout the world through the beautiful Catholic music that he writes and performs. His songs speak of a deep understanding of Jesus’ love and the joy of returning that love in friendship with Him.
Pascale Joseph, a teacher from St Nicholas of Myra Primary at Penrith, said Fr Rob was easy to listen to because he came across as an ordinary person with extraordinary gifts and real life experiences.
“He really captured what it means to have faith when he spoke of our relationship with God and one another,” Pascale said.
One of the most profound messages was Fr Rob’s use of the image of a rose to explain the different parts of our relationship with Christ – the stem that roots and plants our faith and belief and the flower that is the beauty of our love for God and the grace of God in our lives.
He talked about paying attention to the stem (practises of faith) so that the rose (relationship of love) may flower.
Fr Rob also talked about evangelisation and discipleship. Danielle Fairthorne, a teacher from Terra Sancta College at Schofields, said that Fr Rob provided the audience with an inspirational message of faith, love and hope.
“His music provides the youth of the Church with a medium to enrich their faith life, engage in evangelisation and a fantastic opportunity for prayer and contemplation. He is a true inspiration – a treasure of the Church," Danielle said.
All teachers and young people aged over 18 are invited to Faith at the Fiddler events in 2013, taking place between 5pm and 7pm on the following Thursdays:
For more information about Faith at the Fiddler, please contact Linda Ducksbury: Ph 02 9840 5743 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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