Good Shepherd Theological College

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.

Sr. Elizabeth Snedden RSCJ receives the Excellence Award!

Sr. Elizabeth Snedden RSCJ was presented the Excellence Award in recognition of her Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Tertiary Teaching in New Zealand by the NZ Catholic Education Office, Good Shepherd College and The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa NZ at a ceremony on Sunday 5th August 2018.

The eldest of five children, Elizabeth started her teaching career at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Remuera in 1963, the same school she had been the Dux before. It was there where she “promptly fell in love with God, the charism of the Religious of the Sacred Heart”, language, and the library, before going to the Noviceship in Sydney. After her Final Profession in Rome in 1969, Sr. Elizabeth was able to complete her BA Honours at the University of Canterbury in 1972 specializing in French and German, of which time Latin was already to her repertoire of languages.

Sr. Elizabeth’s shift to tertiary teaching began after she gained a Master of Theology in 2001 from the Melbourne College of Divinity, which won her a Postgraduate Award to complete her Doctorate in Theology in May 2013 from the newly established MCD University of Divinity.

Sr Elizabeth had taught Theological German, Eschatology and Soteriology at the Yarra Theological Union within the MCD in Melbourne. She lectured for the Catholic Institute of Theology in Auckland and for the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa NZ on the cultural context of Religious Education, the Synoptic Gospels, Understanding the Sacraments, and Introduction to the New Testament. In 2013, Sr. Elizabeth joined the faculty of Good Shepherd College as a lecturer in Ecclesiastical Latin, Pastoral Theology, Wisdom Spirituality, and Grace and Christian Anthropology.

Sr. Elizabeth is so good at teaching partly because she has never stopped learning. She studied at Auckland University’s Loreto Hall; the University of Canterbury; the Goethe Institut Fortbildungskurs in Munich; the University of Munich; and whilst with her RSCJ community in Munich, she undertook a two-year programme at Ecole de la Foi et des Ministères, in Fribourg, Switzerland from 1980 – 82. Last year she studied at Boston College on a Lonergan Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Sr. Elizabeth is such an outstanding educator, and all the Students, Staff and Families of Good Shepherd College congratulate and thank Sr. Elizabeth for her warm, gracious, and creative presence in the College!

Vacancy – GSC looking for a Qualified Librarian – you could be the one!

Carol Wills, after just over 20 years in-charge of the Colin Library at the Good Shepherd College, has decided to find the next challenge.

Good Shepherd College is very grateful for Carol’s amazing contribution over all these years. Carol was involved in shifting the Colin Library to its present site at 20 Ponsonby Road, integrating the Holy Cross and Marist collections. She has introduced and mastered two cataloguing and library management programs during her time here. She has bar-coded virtually every book in the catalogued collection. She introduced e-books and cloud-based components of the library collection. Carol was usually the first staff member to arrive at the College each day and has been one of the pillars of the place. We are going to miss her very much.

 

Lecture Commences Monday 16 July

Students are reminded that lectures commence on Monday!

A7132 Ecclesiastical Latin is first up at 9:00am to be followed by B7326 Psalms and P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology at 10:00am.

Enjoy!

Congratulations – Class of 2018 Graduates!

The 2018 Graduation Ceremony of Good Shepherd College was held on Friday 8 June at 5:00 p.m. at St Columba Centre, Ponsonby. The ceremony began with the academic procession into the Hall by the graduands and the College dignitaries, and a welcome speech was delivered by the GSC Chair of the Senate Dr Tony Lanigan followed by words of greetings by Prof Diane Speed of the Sydney College of Divinity and Sr Prof Isabell Naumann ISSM, President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney. Testamurs for the Bachelor of Theology were presented to four candidates: Jovanie Leones; Simone Masanga; Romano Tikotikoca; and Fadi Yalda.  Testamurs for the Graduate Diploma in Theology were presented to four candidates: Alex Chia; Tony King-Archer; George Penk; and Hayden Powick. The Graduation Address speech was given by the guest speaker Eugenie Laracy.

To all our Graduates – This is an exciting time in your life! You’ve worked hard to achieve this goal. We are very proud of your accomplishments and thrilled that you have been a part of “Te Hepara Pai Experience.”

The Career for you! – BTheology is suitable for Secondary Teaching!

After a recent NZ Catholic Education Office (NZCEO) meeting with the NZ Education Council, Good Shepherd College is delighted to announce that its Bachelor of Theology degree is now recognized as a “suitable qualification for entry to Secondary teacher training”.  The Council recognizes that “every Catholic School has Religious Education as part of their programme and the demand to lead and teach [the programme] was strong”. The statistics indicate that Catholic Schools make up 8.4% of all schools in NZ so the Council recognizes the demand “is significant”.

NZCEO confirms that the Education Council will advise other Colleges of Education of this recognition.

This is good news for those graduates considering a teaching career.

 

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 http://www.mercyspiritualitycentre.org.nz 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

and

P7376 The Psychology of  Religious Vocation

are the first up at 9:00am.

Enjoy!