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.

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?

Sr Elizabeth has dedicated her latest book ‘To all students with questions’

Sr Elizabeth Snedden, lecturer in Pastoral Theology,  has dedicated her latest book, The Eros of the Human Spirit, ‘to all students with questions’.

In the foreword Frederick G. Lawrence expresses that “the originality, comprehensiveness, and delicacy of Snedden’s writing is astonishing; it is hard to imagine what a challenging task it would have been to read this work (Lonergan’s writings) had it not been expressed in such a vivid and beautifully composed manner.”

… “a truly interpersonal rendition of the appropriation of the desire to know and love God into which readers are invited to discover what happens to them.”

The Eros of the Human Spirit can be purchased:

  • In New Zealand from Pleroma Christian Supplies 0508 988 988, order@pleroma.org.nz
  • Online from the renowned, Boston-based publisher Paulist Press www.paulistpress.com
  • Limited copies are available at the book launch held on Saturday 9  December 2017, 3-4.30 pm at the Auditorium at Baradene, 237 Victoria Avenue, Remuera – to which you are invited.

A friendly reminder that enrolments close soon

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

Enrolments for Semester One close on 24 November 2017.

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

E-book problem

Users of the Colin Library please be aware that we are having trouble with some of our e-books. E-brary has been taken over by Proquest and the cloud that our books are parked on has moved in such a way that, at present, it is inaccessible from our catalogue and from Moodle. The EBSCO e-books are working beautifully. If a link does not work, try a different book! Contact Carol in the library if a particular book is desperately needed.

Preaching Workshop – 22 August 2017

Fr Tim in action

Father Tim Costello recently gave a workshop on “Preaching the Homily” to the priests of the Christchurch Diocese. The workshop involved watching several homilies which, with the use of transcripts, were the basis for vigorous discussion and learning. Among the participants were five recently ordained alumni of Good Shepherd College.

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.

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]

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.