Theological Education

Good Shepherd College – Te Hepara Pai 

Good Shepherd College began in 2001, teaching the Bachelor of Theology degree for the Sydney College of Divinity through their formal association with the Catholic Institute of Sydney. The College brings together the personnel and libraries of Holy Cross College and Mount St Mary’s College.  Theology and its related disciplines are taught and studied to attain a deeper understanding of divine revelation and the treasure of Christian wisdom in the Catholic tradition.  The courses are designed to relate to the needs of contemporary men and women so that knowledge and faith may be integrated, and the dialogue of faith, reason and culture may be continued.

The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa             

The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand is a national centre for qualifications in Catholic education, theology and scripture established to assist in the education and formation of people in the Catholic faith within the culture and Catholic heritage of this country. It was established by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand to support teachers and trainee teachers to gain qualifications in teaching Religious Education in Catholic Schools and to promote their vision of an informed laity within each diocese.

Distance study is also available for those who are unable to attend classes. Details from

Holy Cross Seminary

Holy Cross Seminary is the National Seminary for the training of diocesan clergy. Established in 1900 in the Dunedin Diocese, it was sited at Mosgiel for nearly 100 years.  In 1998 the Seminary moved to the present site in Ponsonby, Auckland.  While it continues with the same tradition and serving the six Dioceses of New Zealand, Holy Cross Seminary aims to help form priests for the third Christian millennium.

Lectures are undertaken at Good Shepherd College which is jointly staffed by Diocesan Clergy, Society of Mary and other members of religious congregations based around the University academic year. At these times most of the students return home with the opportunity for work in their own locality.

Marist Seminary

Based in central Auckland the Marist Seminary offers formation for priests and brothers of the Society of Mary. Life at the seminary, which includes regular prayer, meditation on scripture and participation in worship is built on the community way of life and the special charism of the Society of Mary. Theological study takes places at nearby Good shepherd College which is jointly owned by the bishops of New Zealand and the Marist Order, where Marist fathers are among those on the teaching staff, with specific responsiblity for the teaching of systematic theology, scripture, philosophy, human development and pastoral care.

Theology Research Unit

The Theology Research Unit aims to promote theological reflection at tertiary level in Aotearoa New Zealand, especially through publications, seminars, and opportunities for peer critique.

Current members of the Research Unit are Neil Darragh (convenor), Jo Ayers, Helen Bergin, John Dunn, Alice Sinnott, Susan Smith, Lyn Smith and Kevin Wanden.

The Research Unit publishes under the imprint “Accent Publications”.



Catholic Diocese of Auckland Library

The library is located at Pompallier Diocesan Centre in St Marys Bay, Auckland. It is a theological library specialized in religious subject resource, and a member library of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association.

The Library supports the learning and research needs of the people of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, who are interested in studying Religion, Scripture and Theology. They are welcome to use the library service and facilities.

Further information about the library service is available through the library webpage.