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.

Merger of Good Shepherd with The Catholic Institute (TCI)

The Good Shepherd College (GSC)  is in the process of merging with Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI).

The name of the new institute is yet to be decided by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference (NZCBC).

Present students will be able to complete the programme of studies that they have embarked on.

A new website will be created for the combined institute once a decision on the name and logo has been made. At present, our websites will have links to corresponding places on the website of the other institute.

Click here for the website of  Catholic Institute of Aoteaora New Zealand (TCI)

Click here for a message to students from the directors of Good Shepherd College and The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Launch of Dr Sarah Hart’s book

On July 30  the launch of Dr Sarah Hart’s new book took place at Good Shepherd College. A good number of colleagues and friends came for the occasion. The book is titled: From Temple to Tent, From Real to Virtual World (Exodus 24:15 – Numbers 10:28). The book was published this year, 2019, by ATF Press Publishing of Adelaide and is based on Dr Hart’s PhD thesis.

The work focuses on the tabernacle tent as described in the books of Exodus  and Numbers, and the impact of this on Israelite worship – the cultic place, the cultic people, and laws for the regulation of cultic life.

Congratulations Graduates of 2019

Good Shepherd College congratulates those who graduated with the Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma in Theology on 7 June 2019.

Courses Taught in Semester One 2020

The lecturers and courses for 2020 have now been organised!

Click here to see the courses offered in Semester One 2020

Papers Taught in Semester Two, 2020

The papers for 2020 , Semester two are found by following this link.

Papers for Semester 2 in 2020

FREE LECTURE BY VISITING THEOLOGIAN

Professor Thomas O’Loughlin, born in Dublin, has held the Chair of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham for ten years. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Arundel and Brighton on England’s south coast.

Lecture at St. Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.00pm

Professor O’Loughlin uses his extensive knowledge of early Christian and Church history to draw people toward a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist today. He takes well-formed academic insight and makes it available to the people in the pews. This is a “not to be missed” presentation.

Enrolments for Semester Two are open.

Enrolments for Semester Two of 2019 are open. The papers being offered can be found here on the website.

Enrolments for Semester Two close on May 24th, 2019

Ordination to the Priesthood of Three Deacons

Our three new transitional deacons  were ordained on Saturday 29 September  2018 at Sacred Heart Church in Ponsonby. They now are preparing for Ordination to the priesthood

Deacons pictured below with Bishop Steve Low are, from left to right:
Deacon Vui Hoang – Diocese of Palmerston North.  To be ordained priest 29th June at Cathedral in Palmerston North. (11.00am)
Deacon Matthew Gibson – Diocese of Hamilton. To be ordained priest 31st August, Cathedral in Hamilton. (11.00am)
Deacon Martin Wu – Diocese of Auckland. To be ordained priest  Saturday 10th August at Cathedral in Auckland (11.30am)

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!

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.”