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!

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