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Fr. Rob Galea pens hymn for bicentennial of Catholic education in Australia

J-P Mauro - published on 04/11/21

Fr. Rob sings "Faith in the Future" with Melbourne's youth, the future of the faith.

The Archdiocese of Melbourne is celebrating 200 years of Catholic education in 2021. To mark the occasion, the Archdiocese tapped Fr. Rob Galea to write their anthem, “Faith in the Future.”

The tune is everything one could want for a modern Catholic hymn. The melody is easy to pick up and the chorus is lyricless, making it easy for school-aged children to learn. He is fittingly joined by a small choir of Melbourne students who do an excellent job of backing Fr. Rob’s pop vocals.

Catholic education in Australia

According to the bicentennial website, the celebration should have taken place in 2020. Unfortunately the world pandemic forced them to move the festivities to 2021. The first Catholic school in Australia was founded in 1820 by Irish Catholic priest Fr. John Therry. Over the next two centuries the Catholic Church would become one of the largest providers of schooling in Australia.

The celebration was officially launched on February 22 and will last throughout the school year. “Faith in the Future” will be released at every Catholic school in Australia in 2021. A National Mass will also be celebrated in every state, territory and diocese on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians on May 24, 2021.

Learn more about Australia’s Catholic Education bicentennial celebration here.

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