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.

Papers Taught in Semester One 2020

The papers offered in semester two 2019 are grouped by discipline. Make sure that the courses you want to take will help you to complete your degree or diploma, rather than finding out later that they do not fit the requirements and therefore cannot be counted.
Learn more about the qualifications the College offers or simply find out how to enrol now.
A good place to start when selecting papers are the planning guides for the:

Courses Taught in Semester One 2020

Papers Taught in Semester Two, 2019

The papers offered in semester two 2019 are grouped by discipline. Make sure that the courses you want to take will help you to complete your degree or diploma, rather than finding out later that they do not fit the requirements and therefore cannot be counted.
Learn more about the qualifications the College offers or simply find out how to enrol now.
A good place to start when selecting papers are the planning guides for the:
Bachelor’s Degree Planning Guide
Graduate Diploma Planning Guide
Here you can check out if the papers that interest you also fit the requirements of the qualification you’ve chosen to study towards.

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.”

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.