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.

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.


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! – BTheolgy 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 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.