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Singing priest from ‘X Factor’ ready for his close-up in Hollywood

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/18/18

He caused a sensation a few years ago with a TV appearance (see above) and now Hollywood is calling: 

An Australian priest from a country town could soon become a Hollywood sensation after US film producers bought the rights to his new book. Such is his appeal, industry experts IMDb have linked superstars Ryan Gosling, Roberto Beniagni and opera singer Andrea Bocelli as potential collaborators of the film. For Fr Rob Galea, who is currently serving St Killian’s Parish, in Bendigo, Victoria, his meteoric rise to fame is something he is struggling to come to terms with but says “he will do whatever it takes to shout God’s fame”. In just seven years the charismatic priest has released six albums, appeared on Australian X Factor, performed three world tours, written a book and sold his story called Breakthrough, which details his struggle with addiction, suicidal thoughts and depression through his discovery of the Lord, his time in the seminary and now as a priest in a small rural community. Fr Rob stresses he is a priest first and foremost and the potential film – like some of his other pursuits – are simply a “by-product of his relationship with God”. “This has all just happened so quickly, sometimes I can’t believe how far I have come,” he said. “I wrote the book to show the world redemption is possible, it’s about recovery and faith and serves to remind us all that anything is possible.”

Read on for more—including his pick for the actor to play him in the movie.

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