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.

Public Lecture at Otago University – 11 April at 5:15

Dr Rocío Figueroa Alvear of Good Shepherd College is to give an open lecture for the Centre for Theology and Public Issues on April 11 at 5:15pm, at Otago University in Dunedin.

The lecture is entitled “Listening to Male Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse” and is based on work that Rocío and David Tombs did with ex-members of a Catholic religious movement called Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana (the Sodality of the Christian Life).

Admission is free and the lecture will take place in the Burns 5 Seminar Room.

New SCD website

Good Shepherd College is the offshore campus of the Catholic Institute of Sydney

The Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) is a “Member Institution” of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD).

The Sydney College of Divinity is a consortium of Christian theological educational institutions and bible colleges based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The college is structured as a federation of member institutions, each of which retains its autonomy and respective theological traditions. Member institutions represent a range of Christian churches.

Good Shepherd College delivers the SCD Bachelor of Theology degree.

The Sydney College of Divinity has launched a new website. [Click here to see it]

Death of a Past Student

Good Shepherd College grieves to hear of the accidental death of Gary Menzies, who was a student here from 2003 to 2008.

The Herald carried the story of a fisherman who died at Karekare Beach on Saturday 11 March, and later his death notice.

Our condolences to his family and friends and the assurance of our prayers.

Fr Merv Duffy SM – Acting Principal

Month’s Mind for Msgr David Price

On Friday, March 17, the Good Shepherd College noon mass will be offered in memory of Monsignor David Price. Msgr Price died suddenly on 3 February 2017. He has had a long association with Good Shepherd College, and was a frequent guest lecturer in the Canon Law courses.

Mgr Brendan Daly, who is the successor of David Price in the role of Judicial Vicar for New Zealand, is to be the celebrant for the mass,

Ash Wednesday Mass 12 Noon

Mass and the distribution of ashes is offered at the College at 12 noon in the Chapel on Ash Wednesday – 1 March 2017.

Repent and believe the good news!

Orientation Morning

Friday 17 February, 10am – Lecture Room 1, Good Shepherd College, 20 Ponsonby Road.

You are warmly invited to take a seat in Lecture Room 1 by 10am to be welcomed by Sr Carmel Walsh, Assistant Dean.  She will then make a brief presentation that includes introducing the staff and fellow students.

Expected to conclude before midday – making time for light refreshments and lively conversation in the foyer.

For distance students an online orientation will be posted in the afternoon on Moodle.

Father Costello in Vietnam

Father Costello in Vietnam

As part of my sabbatical research, I spent several weeks in the Diocese of Vinh in northern Vietnam during January 2017. The earliest evangelizers here were Portuguese and then French missionaries in the 17th century. The Church here today is very vibrant in its faith, is blessed with many vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life, with an active and decisive participation of Catholic lay leaders. Many of the Vietnamese students at Good Shepherd College come from this area. I was able to visit some of their families, and Trung Van Nguyen was an excellent guide during my visit. I also met with many ex-students of the Gregorian University now working in the diocese, and gave some talks at the seminary and at a theological institute for the religious sisters. This experience gave me a new and very helpful understanding of the cultural and faith background that has shaped and formed our students who come from Vietnam.

Consequences of Plagiarism

A publishing house is pulping the unsold works and offering a refund on three popular volumes of scripture commentary after the author has admitted to clear-cut plagiarism.

In a statement released through the publisher, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., and reported on the Anglican Ink website, Dr Peter T. O’Brien says “In the New Testament commentaries that I have written, although I have never deliberately misused the work of others, nevertheless I now see that my work processes at times have been faulty and have generated clear-cut, but unintentional, plagiarism. For this I apologize without reservation.”

Good Shepherd College has the three volumes concerned in its library.

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