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.

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 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


P7376 The Psychology of  Religious Vocation

are the first up at 9:00am.


Orientation Morning

All students of Good Shepherd College are welcome to an Orientation Morning at 20 Ponsonby Road at 10 am Friday 16 February.

This is an opportunity to meet your fellow students and lecturers and generally find out what is happening this semester.

Remember that lectures start on Monday 19 February.

Former student

Good Shepherd College was saddened to hear of the death of former student, Graeme Blackburn, who was killed in a road accident Monday evening in Christchurch.

Graeme was a student at GSC from 2011 until mid 2017, & was ordained to the priesthood on 1 July 2017.

Good Shepherd College expresses its deepest sympathy to Graeme’s family on their loss.

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,
  • Online from the renowned, Boston-based publisher Paulist Press
  • 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.