Reverend Father Andrew Bass
Father Andrew replaced Father Clifford D’souza MSFS in April 2015. Father Clifford had been serving as Administrator of Holy Family Parish. Father Andrew came from Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta where he served as Assistant Priest.
Fr Andrew Bass was ordained a priest by Bishop Kevin Manning in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, on June 27, 2008. He is a former parishioner of Baulkham Hills and was born in Harare in Zimbabwe.
In the first 10 years of his life, Father Andrew lived in South Africa, the United States and Saudi Arabia as his father Michael, an executive in the oil industry, was posted to jobs around the world. The family arrived in Australia when Andrew was 11.
According to Father Andrew, living among the expatriate Christian community was "a transformative experience'' in his development as a Christian. "We were part of a close-knit community, not unlike the earliest communities of Christians, mindful that under Sharia law all Christian worship is banned. Despite the risks, my parents continued to practise their faith. They refused to bow to an idea that they couldn't practise their faith, so Mass was celebrated secretly in the homes of several families under the guise of social gatherings."
In 2014, Father Andrew undertook studies at the Institute for Liturgy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.