Fr Rob uses his musical talents, combined with his strong faith and theological background, to convey a very simple message that God loves us unconditionally and accepts us faults and all.
Those who attended Australia’s first Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Melbourne in 2013 would have recalled Fr Rob’s energetic performances and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle were very fortunate to have him visit the diocese and perform in 5 concerts in two days. Despite his punishing schedule, Fr Rob also managed to lend his support to the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team by attending their Pints with a Purpose evening.
Whilst his audiences on Thursday and Friday were mainly students, his gathering on Friday evening at St Pius X attracted a far more eclectic audience with Bishop Bill joined by members of the clergy, staff from the diocesan agencies, parishioners, students from a number of schools, parents and children of all ages.
Fr Rob certainly had all in attendance on their feet at times and bopping to the messages being conveyed through his music and preaching. Sadly some, including an ageing Director of Schools, demonstrated that their coordination skills were vastly inferior to those of the young people present who entered into the spirit of the concert with great enthusiasm.
Fr Rob was backed up by our own Diocesan Youth Ministry team’s band who certainly displayed a great deal of talent.
His clear message to all, but particularly the young, was that we don’t have to be perfect and totally holy to have a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. He encouraged the young to be open to the message of the Gospel and to focus on the strong message of love that it conveys.
The power of music to engage with young and old was very obvious in his performances and Fr Rob uses his wonderful talents to spread the Word in such a positive manner.
I hope he will be a frequent visitor to our diocese and schools.