At the end of the day, people want to connect with a human being. They don’t want to connect with a film star. They don’t want to connect with a celebrity. They want to connect with the human being behind the person at the front.
Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base, has written songs for World Youth Day 2016 and 2019, and has performed for Pope Francis. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr. Rob has 73,000 subscribers on YouTube where he features many of his songs and homilies. He was a contestant in Australia's 2015 The X Factor and is the the founder and serving director of FRG Ministry.
The New Evangelization and New Media series continues with a great conversation with the most human priest we know - Fr. Rob Galea. Check out the trailer for episode 2 here.
Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base.
Behind the Scenes
BRIDGET PICKS UP FR. ROB
In this clip, Bridget picks up Fr. Rob to begin a full day of filming in Chicago. Fr. Rob was staying at St. Clement Catholic Church in the rectory with his dear friend Fr. Peter Wojcik. Bridget and Fr. Rob begin their conversation talking about Fr. Rob's performance the night before at St. Clement and the celebration after the show. They also discuss Fr. Rob's traveling, his team, his love of whiskey and more about how Catholics are called to be excellent in what they do.
B-ROLL FROM FR. ROB AT ST. CLEMENT
Fr. Rob performed a concert at St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago the night before we began filming in March. We filmed these video sequences for b-roll (extra visuals only), which is why our audio isn't hooked up directly to his mic.
We wanted to share just a few of these moments from Fr. Rob's concert so that you could get a sense of his personality and music style just in case you've never seen him live.
FR. ROB MEETS BEARDED BLEVINS
While filming with Fr. Rob in Chicago, the MAX Studios team caught up with Jonathan "Bearded Blevins" (he lives in Chicago!). Fr. Rob and Jonathan were able to meet and share stories about their work in pre-evangelization on their platforms. They discuss when they first heard about each other, how Fr. Rob is really an introvert at heart, the value of being Catholic and always being open to others' questions about the faith.
FR. ROB PLAYS HIS GUITAR
In this clip, you'll see Fr. Rob playing his guitar for b-roll for his trailer. Since we were on set, we hooked him up to audio and got some great shots of him strumming a tune. At the end, you'll hear the crew and everyone behind the scenes clap for this cool, reflective, peaceful moment.
DELETED SCENE: FR. ROB TALKING INSTAGRAM
Fr. Rob is a huge fan of Instagram. He has more than 76,000 followers and his engagement on the platform is next level.
In this deleted scene, you'll see Bridget and Fr. Rob talk about his Instagram audience and how he shows his life on that platform. Fr. Rob makes some great connections about being human and a priest. This part was deleted from the "Finding His Voice" segment of the main episode for time and since it was focused on talking about the platform we highlighted for him - YouTube.
FUNNY CLAP MOMENT W/ FR. ROB
To sync audio and video, it's customary to ask people to clap. Here you see Bridget and Fr. Rob do a perfectly in sync clap - and Fr. Rob likes it.
RUBBISH AND OTHER SAYINGS
In this clip, we're riding in the car to go to lunch. Fr. Rob describes some differences in the way things are said in Australia versus the United States.
AT THE BEAN
In this clip, Darnell, Bridget and Fr. Rob are filming b-roll at The Bean in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Bridget and Fr. Rob are mic'ed up after filming the "Finding His Voice" segment, so you'll hear them the loudest, along with Jon and Stephen who are operating two cameras. You'll hear Stephen directing people to do what he needs them to for b-roll. We were in a time crunch, so Stephen is moving people in and out of frame as quickly as possible. You'll see some familiar shots in this clip from Fr. Rob's trailer.
DR. LUDWICK TALKS W/ FR. ROB
While filming in Chicago, Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of University of St. Thomas-Houston, joined us so he could meet Fr. Rob Galea. Dr. Ludwick is a big fan of Fr. Rob, so he was able to sit down and have a conversation with him.
They talked about social media and its impact on the Church and the world, Fr. Rob's story, the excellence and mediocrity that exists in the Catholic Church, and our call to proclaim Jesus in the digital space.