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Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope

BREAKTHROUGH A Journey from Desperation to Hope

Breakthrough is the story of Rob Galea’s journey from troubled teen to Catholic priest in the Sandhurst Diocese in Victoria, Australia. It offers a path to joy and peace in a world where bad things happen.

Known to millions as a singer, songwriter or ‘Father Rob from Australia’s X Factor’, many would not know how far removed his world is today from the ‘little circle of hell’ he created as a 16-year-old in Malta. 

Breakthrough is the story of Rob Galea’s journey from troubled teen to Catholic priest in the Sandhurst Diocese in Victoria. 

Struggling under the weight of addiction and depression, Fr Rob was considering ending his life when redemption came through a phone call. Knowing that he needed help, Fr Rob fought his demons to forge a relationship with Jesus Christ and has never looked back. 

Breakthrough asks the reader to find their own way through adversity to the better life that awaits them. 

It’s a powerful story about recovery, redemption and faith, and is told by one of the most charismatic priests of our time.

PLEASE NOTE This item has two published versions. For those based in US, Canada and Mexico, and those based internationally. Both texts are the same, however feature a different design. You will be sent the version associated with the location that reflects your shipping address.


 Having known Fr Rob for the past decade has been a blessing, inspiration and encouragement for my own priestly ministry with young people. Rob’s book is more than just the journey of a young man to human and spiritual maturity; it is also a blatantly honest, inspiring and edifying story for any person who seeks to allow God into his or her life. Rob’s story reveals what happens when God is allowed to break through our little, personal worlds. It is the story of a dynamic, young, committed Catholic priest, singer and performer, and a testimony to the Mighty One who continues to do great things in the lives of young women and men today. 

Fr Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO Light Catholic Media Foundation


Who could fail to be moved by this book? No matter what age you are, this book holds a promise. Fr Rob takes us beautifully through the never-ending story of God’s love for him, and as you read this book, God’s love for you. There is nothing Fr Rob has written here that cannot equally apply to you. God loves you; He will walk over cut glass to get to you, no matter what you think of yourself. If you are hurting, so is God. Fr Rob knows that and so will you if you are game enough to call out to God and then follow the suggestions he has in this book. There is a wonderful world waiting for you and it has God’s signature and yours all over it! 

Fr Rob is truly a man of God. I will pray for each of you who read this book that you too will find the Love that cancels out all debts and waits with open hearts just for you. 

Sister Hilda Scott, OSB, Benedictine Abbey, Jamberoo, NSW