Fr Rob Galea, well-known for his music ministry, prefers to be out of the spotlight, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made that harder than ever. Source: The Bendigo Advertiser.
The Bendigo-based priest and founder of FRG Ministry, Fr Galea has been engaging with more parishioners from around the world since the pandemic took hold.
Fr Galea, a self-confessed introvert, said his ministry has had an online presence for six years and it's really increased in the past two years, but since March, interest has spiked ten-fold.
He said COVID-19 has forced people to recalibrate and seek a faith-based outlet.
People want to stay connected with their communities, not only with God, but they want to be seen and heard, Fr Galea added.
Every Sunday, our live mass attracts 10,000 people who comment and share a connection with each other.
Worshippers from Tanzania to Iraq have flocked in increasing numbers to FRG Ministry's digital offering.
Fr Galea said his online ministry, which includes podcasts, educational resources, sermons and live music performances, was never conceived to replace churches but to supplement what is offered already.
Born in Malta, Fr Galea's teenage struggles with addiction are well documented and a feature film, based on his novel, The Breakthrough, is being planned in Hollywood.
Fr Rob Galea said FRG Ministry has noted a ten-fold increase in user traffic in the past three months (By Nicholas Nakos, The Bendigo Advertiser)