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.

Graduation Address 2017

Fr Neil Vaney SM was the speaker at the Good Shepherd College Graduation on Friday 9 June 2017.

Fr Neil was a foundation staff member of Good Shepherd College and lectured in Moral Theology here and at Mt St Mary’s for 15 years. He served on the College Senate for several years.

We are grateful for the quality of his presentation and for his coming from Wellington, where he is working for the Catholic Enquiry Centre, for the event.

The text of his address is available on this link.

Timetable change for Semester 2

The semester two classes for W7207 Logic and Critical Thinking will now be an hour later than originally published. The new times are Monday 11 am-1 pm and Tuesday 3-4 pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience but the change resolves a timetable clash for several students. Click on this link for the new semester 2 Timetable as a printable pdf.

Fr Merv

Feastday Mass – 5 May at 12:05

On Friday the College celebrates its patronal feast with a mass in the College chapel.

The Mass is of the Good Shepherd, with our celebrant being Fr Thige O’Leary SM.

Fr Thige is on the Good Shepherd Trust Board and is a full-time member of the Marist Provincial Council.

 

 

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.