This year’s Middle School Youth Rally hosted Fr Rob Galea, a Maltese Australian Catholic priest from Sandhurst, Victoria. Fr Rob engaged students from Years 7-9 as he combined faith and music with his tumultuous life story.
“A youth rally is an energetic gathering of praise and worship focused on presenting Christian values in a contemporary way”, explains Ms Bernice Roche, Head of Ministry at the College. This is the second annual youth rally she has organised for Middle School students at the College, and she said their positive response has ensured the experience will become an annual event.
Students and staff were captivated as Fr Rob shared his journey and personal reflections, including difficult times growing up in Malta, his faith in God, the strong prayer and beliefs of his family, which nurtured his transformation into choosing a life of hope and courage. The senior rock band joined Fr Rob on stage for a performance of ‘Alive’, from his 2014 album Something About You.
About his music (which includes five albums, a stint on Australia’s X Factor in 2015 and collaborations with pop idol Guy Sebastian), he says “I’m not producing religious songs, I’m producing positive songs that I think are after the heart of God. It’s about our human dignity and about us being loved, no matter what.”
Fr Rob will be performing at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth in December, to be attended by a group of students from College and Bunbury Diocese. A copy of his book Breakthrough is available in the College library.