Good Shepherd College is open to all students, resident in New Zealand, who wish to study theology (and its related disciplines) in the Catholic tradition.

Is Religion Really Bad for Science?

GSC’s very own Philosophy Lecturer, Rev. Dr. John Owens spoke at a conference on 5th May at Auckland University called Is Religion Really Bad for Science? Reflections on Dawkins and Other New Atheists,” which was organized by the NZ Christians in Science group. His topic was metaphysics, and he compared the approach of Richard Dawkins on fundamental questions of reality with the approach of Aristotle. He said that religion should not be even slightly bad for science, but that it should be bad for scientism, the view that the only questions worth asking or answering are those of the empirical sciences.


Semester Two Enrolments for 2018 now open

If you’re planning on studying at Good Shepherd College in 2018, we’re here to help.

Enrolments for Semester Two is now open, will be closing on 25 May 2018.

Should you have questions or need more information, you can contact Fr Merv Duffy for course advise or the Registrar, Maree Crighton.

Essay Contest for Seminarians

US$500 prize for the winner! Up to three pages long excluding references. Submitted by 15 May 2018 on the topic of”Catholic Teachings and Renewable Energy” (and you will be competing with seminarians from all round the world.)

This contest is being run by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Salesian Pontifical University in Jerusalem. For more information see their handout on this competition:  Flyer for Essay Contest

Come and find out what our seminarians are being taught about spirituality!

Sr Elizabeth Snedden, lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Good Shepherd College, will be giving a lecture at the Mercy Spirituality Centre on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 10am-12noon.

In this Muffin Meeting (the $15 cost includes morning tea), participants will be encouraged to discover the action of God in their own lives, and to trust in the action of the Spirit calling them to question.



Make an email booking at or call the Mercy Spirituality Centre on 638 6238.

Lectures Commence Monday Feb 19

Students are reminded that lectures commence on Monday!

T7101 Introduction to Theology


P7376 The Psychology of  Religious Vocation

are the first up at 9:00am.


Orientation Morning

All students of Good Shepherd College are welcome to an Orientation Morning at 20 Ponsonby Road at 10 am Friday 16 February.

This is an opportunity to meet your fellow students and lecturers and generally find out what is happening this semester.

Remember that lectures start on Monday 19 February.

Former student

Good Shepherd College was saddened to hear of the death of former student, Graeme Blackburn, who was killed in a road accident Monday evening in Christchurch.

Graeme was a student at GSC from 2011 until mid 2017, & was ordained to the priesthood on 1 July 2017.

Good Shepherd College expresses its deepest sympathy to Graeme’s family on their loss.

Amoris Laetitia Lecture Online

Rocio Figueroa lecturing

Attendees at the Auckland and Wellington TCI-GSC public lecture on the document by Pope Francis on the Family – Amoris Laetitia – requested to hear more about it.

Dr Rocío Figueroa has obliged by recording four YouTube clips on the document which can be accessed by clicking on this link.


Laywoman Appointed as Judge in NZ Church Court

Elizabeth Ong, who studied Canon Law at Good Shepherd College, is the first married woman to be appointed by the Apostolic Signatura as a judge of canon law cases for the Catholic Church in New Zealand.

In New Zealand the diocesan ecclesiastical courts deal mainly with marriage cases, declarations of nullity or annulments. However this tribunal also deals with cases of rights within the church, such as disputes between a parish and the diocesan authorities. There are even trials for priests accused of misconduct. Elizabeth now has the competency to be a judge for any of these cases.


Lecture on Pope Francis’ document – Amoris Laetitia

At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday 23 November 2017 there will be a public lecture at the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.

The topic is Pope Francis’ document on the family, Amoris Laetitiathe Joy of Love, which was the product of two synods of bishops discussing the subject of the family. This lecture will seek to answer questions such as:

  • What are the main topics of the document that need to be investigated deeply in order to understand the Pope’s message?
  • How can we implement Amoris Laetitia in our local Church?
  • What are the challenges that our families are facing and how can Amoris Laetitia help us through these?