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.

A Job in Prison Chaplaincy

Ministry Development Manager

  • Opportunity to shape the service, function and ethos of PCSANZ
  • Newly created, highly interactive and diverse role
  • Permanent full time, flexible working arrangements + 5 weeks annual leave

Ordination 22 August

May I ask you to kindly post this invitation on GSC Website too? Thank you very much. Tang PHAN. 

Public Lecture – 9 July

Paul - A model for Dialogue

Discussion of Eucharist in Lockdown

Te Kupenga staff discussing Eucharist in the time of COVID-19

Return to On-Campus Classes

Face to Face classes are resuming on Monday 18th May, the start of Week 10. They will continue for these last three weeks of the semester.

Students do not have to come face-to-face. They may continue in distance mode.

All students and staff should have received an email to this effect today, Monday 11th May

ENROLMENTS FOR SEMESTER TWO

ARE NOW OPEN.

Enrolments for Semester Two 2020 opened on April 28th

 Enrolments for Semester Two 2020 have opened on April 28th 2020 and will close on May 22nd 2020.

Returning students click on first item  of Moodle’s first page

List of courses available for Semester Two 2020 can be seen on webpage under ‘Papers for BTh and Grad Dip Th’. Click here for information about Papers available in Semester Two

Click here to get to the link for Weekly Timetable for classes.    ( They can also found under ‘Student Services’)

New Students. Click on:  Enrolments for BTh & GradDipTh

(Requirements, Application Forms, Supporting Documents, International Students)

List of courses available:  www.gsc.ac.nz/Papers for BTh and Grad Dip Th

Weekly timetables:  www.gsc.ac.nz/Student Services/ Weekly Timetables

COVID -19 CORONAVIRUS

CURRENT SITUATION

PLEASE NOTE:

ALL PAPERS WILL CONTINUE USING DISTANCE MODE (Moodle and Zoom) AND ALL STUDENTS, USUALLY ON CAMPUS WILL BE EXPECTED TO FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS SET DOWN FOR DISTANCE STUDENTS FOR THE WEEKS THE COLLEGE IS CLOSED. IF A PAPER DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A DISTANT MODE, LECTURERS WILL POST READINGS AND WORK ON THE MOODLE PAGE FOR THAT WEEK, IN THAT COURSE

This is a major world crisis, with enormous consequences for many people. All of us should do everything in our power to assist the authorities who are guiding people about how to act appropriately in these days

Dr Areti Metuamate to lead new Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute

Educational leader Dr Aereti Metuamate has been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute

Dr Metuamate is of the Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngati Haua and Cook Islands descent. H was raised in Fielding where he attended Hato Paora College. He graduated from Victoria University and the Australian National University where his PhD was on Pacific Leadership. He has held advisory and leadership roles in both the public and tertiary education sectors, most recently as dean of St Mark’s College in Adelaide, Australia.

Currently based in Adelaide, he will return to Wellington next month with his wife, Dr Jessa Rogers-Metuamate, a distinguished Indigenous academic, educator, board director, and artist from Australia’s Wiradjuri peoples whose international research has included working with students of St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier.

Te Kupenga was formed on 1 January by merging Good Shepherd College with The Catholic Institute.  It has three operating units – Catholic Theological College (for tertiary courses and qualifications), National Centre for Religious Studies, and the Nathaniel Centre for Catholic Bioethics. 

Dr Metuamate says he is honoured to have been appointed and excited to be back home after a decade in Australia.

“My wife and I are expecting a son to be born in March, and being based amongst whanau is important for us. It feels like the right time to return home to bring the learning and experience I have gained after 10 years working in Australian universities and organisations,” said Dr Metuamate.

“The opportunity to play a leadership role in shaping Te Kupenga and ensuring it connects and appeals to more of our people is also a key motivation for me.”

NZ Catholic Bishops Conference president Bishop Patrick Dunn is delighted with the appointment.

“Dr Metuamate has emerged as the best candidate from a rigorous selection process.  He is a personable and capable man, with the vision, energy and relationship skills needed to get the new organisation up and running,” said Bishop Dunn.

“Areti’s appointment will help drive visibility and growth for Te Kupenga among Māori, Pasifika, younger people and other important communities within our increasingly diverse Church and society. He will bring a contemporary style and quality of leadership to a new organisation that seeks to engage the Catholic and wider communities in ways that are authentic and resonant for our time.”

New Book Published by John Owens

 RORTY, RELIGION AND METAPHYSICS

New publication – September 2019 by John Owens

In Rorty, Religion, and Metaphysics, John Owens offers a superb engagement with Richard Rorty’s thought that patiently considers the challenges that Rorty offers to religion, ethics, and metaphysics. Far from drawing any easy conclusions, Owens invites readers to interrogate their own assumptions. This book is rigorous, exceptionally well written, and genuinely a pleasure to read. For those interested in not only figuring out what Rorty claims, but what should be claimed about religion after Rorty, this book sets a new standard.— Endorsement from J. Aaron Simmons

Launch of Dr Sarah Hart’s book

On July 30  the launch of Dr Sarah Hart’s new book took place at Good Shepherd College. A good number of colleagues and friends came for the occasion. The book is titled: From Temple to Tent, From Real to Virtual World (Exodus 24:15 – Numbers 10:28). The book was published this year, 2019, by ATF Press Publishing of Adelaide and is based on Dr Hart’s PhD thesis.

The work focuses on the tabernacle tent as described in the books of Exodus  and Numbers, and the impact of this on Israelite worship – the cultic place, the cultic people, and laws for the regulation of cultic life.