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 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.

Preaching Workshop – 22 August 2017

Fr Tim in action

Father Tim Costello recently gave a workshop on “Preaching the Homily” to the priests of the Christchurch Diocese. The workshop involved watching several homilies which, with the use of transcripts, were the basis for vigorous discussion and learning. Among the participants were five recently ordained alumni of Good Shepherd College.

Semester II 2017

The second semester of 2017 starts on Monday 17 July. Eleven papers are being taught in this semester. Some lecturers, who were away last semester, reappear this semester:

You can find the full list of lecturers and courses for semester two here

Graduation Address 2017

Fr Neil Vaney SM was the speaker at the Good Shepherd College Graduation on Friday 9 June 2017.

Fr Neil was a foundation staff member of Good Shepherd College and lectured in Moral Theology here and at Mt St Mary’s for 15 years. He served on the College Senate for several years.

We are grateful for the quality of his presentation and for his coming from Wellington, where he is working for the Catholic Enquiry Centre, for the event.

The text of his address is available on this link.

Feastday Mass – 5 May at 12:05

On Friday the College celebrates its patronal feast with a mass in the College chapel.

The Mass is of the Good Shepherd, with our celebrant being Fr Thige O’Leary SM.

Fr Thige is on the Good Shepherd Trust Board and is a full-time member of the Marist Provincial Council.



Public Lecture at Otago University – 11 April at 5:15

Dr Rocío Figueroa Alvear of Good Shepherd College is to give an open lecture for the Centre for Theology and Public Issues on April 11 2017 at 5:15pm, at Otago University in Dunedin.

The lecture is entitled “Listening to Male Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse” and is based on work that Rocío and David Tombs did with ex-members of a Catholic religious movement called Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana (the Sodality of the Christian Life).

Admission is free and the lecture will take place in the Burns 5 Seminar Room.

New SCD website

Good Shepherd College is the offshore campus of the Catholic Institute of Sydney

The Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) is a “Member Institution” of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD).

The Sydney College of Divinity is a consortium of Christian theological educational institutions and bible colleges based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The college is structured as a federation of member institutions, each of which retains its autonomy and respective theological traditions. Member institutions represent a range of Christian churches.

Good Shepherd College delivers the SCD Bachelor of Theology degree.

The Sydney College of Divinity has launched a new website. [Click here to see it]