Festival of Light features Fr Rob Galea

Decrease font size
Increase font size
Print this page
Email to friend
Share to Facebook
Share to Twitter
Home > Media > News > Festival of Light features Fr Rob Galea
Festival of Light features Fr Rob Galea

A concert featuring Sandhurst Diocese priest-musician and former X factor contestant Fr Rob Galea attracted nearly 300 attendees in Hobart recently.

An outreach event of the Immaculata Mission School, the 'Festival of Light' began with a mini-carnival complete with juggling, face painting, sideshow alley-style games and food.

Earlier in the day, young people on the mission school had spent time street evangelising and door knocking to invite people to the event.

The concert began with Fr Rob teaching some of his original songs – complete with dance moves – to an enthusiastic crowd, before sharing his testimony of how he came to encounter Jesus during a time of deep depression and loneliness as a teenager.

After living a life of drinking, stealing and taking drugs, Fr Rob shared how he spent months hiding in his parents' house to avoid violence from former friends.

'For about three months I found myself locked in my room alone – that was the worst point of my life. I was so alone, I was so lonely … I used to cry myself to sleep,” he shared.

Eventually, he accepted an invitation to attend a youth group where he was inspired to begin praying, and began to sit opposite an empty chair each day and talk to Jesus.

During one of these prayer-times, he said he felt Jesus was sitting opposite him, crying for the suffering that Fr Rob had endured. The experienced changed his life.

“For the first time I felt that someone knew my lies, knew my addictions, knew my mess, knew everything disgusting about me and still loved me. For the first time in my life, I experienced unconditional love,” he said.

“That was my first experience of the love of God, but it didn't stop there, I continued going to the youth group, I was praying every day … slowly God started to mould my heart.”

Fr Rob's testimony led into a time of Eucharistic adoration where he encouraged those present to 'surrender' to God.

“Speak to God, give God your heart, give God wherever you're at and know that he will lift you, he is chasing you, he will catch you,” Fr Rob said.

“Where the presence of God is, there is healing. God knows our hearts and wants us to be whole more than we could ever want to be whole. He knows all those dark places in our lives, those places that we are struggling with,” he said.