Posts Tagged ‘Priestly Formation’

Good Shepherd College has final graduation

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Dr Tony Lanigan told graduates, college staff and guests at the St Columba Centre on June 7 that this was the last such ceremony for GSC because the New Zealand bishops plan to merge the college and The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand into a “single provider body”. Read more in NZCatholic Related Posts:Catholic Read more

Catholic tertiary institutes to merge

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Tertiary Institutes

New Zealand Catholic has reported that a single provider for Catholic tertiary education is expected to be fully in place for the 2020 academic year. The Society of Mary has agreed to relinquish co-ownership and governance of Good Shepherd College (GSC). In a letter to the staff of the merging institutions, establishment board chair Sir Brian Roche said the Provincial Council of the Read more

Lay support in priests’ formation could prevent abuse

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Lay support could contribute to priests’ “essential human formation” and provide their lives with the “necessary spiritual solidarity,” Cardinal Beniamino Stella says. Stella, who is the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, believes if the laity were more involved in priestly formation, the crisis facing the church would not be so grave. In his view, Read more

Trainee priests moving from seminaries to communities

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Trainee priests in France are swapping their boarding school seminary isolation for community-based housing. Many have already relocated from enclosed suburban retreats into city centres. So far seminarians from the dioceses of Lille, Orleans, Nantes, Lyon, Rennes and Paris have relocated. The change in living arrangements responds to Pope Francis’s wish for trainee priests to Read more

De La Salle brother to be pastoral director at the Holy Cross Seminary

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Brother Mark McKeon FSC has been appointed as the new pastoral director of the Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby, Auckland. Recently returned from Palestine, Br Mark has been a De La Salle Brother for 35 years. He has been engaged in teaching ministry in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. NZCBC President, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Read more

An unwanted rigidity has been introduced into some seminaries

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A rigidity has been re- established in some seminaries which is “not related to situational discernment” according to Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. He made the comment in an interview in L’Osservatore Romano about a new version of the Vatican’s document on priestly formation, “The Gift of Priestly Vocation / Read more

Acting Principal appointed for Good Shepherd College

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
acting principal

The Good Shepherd College Trust Board has the appointed of Fr Mervyn Duffy as acting principal from January 2017. Duffy is appointed for a brief period while a review of the structure of the College is undertaken. During this review the College will continue to operate as usual. Currently a lecturer in systematic theology and dean of Read more

Teach seminarians to live in the real world – Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Pope Francis has asked his fellow Jesuits involved in priestly formation to help seminarians understand that in the real world. “Decisions Catholics make in their everyday lives are rarely ethically clear-cut, but rather exist on a spectrum between good and evil,” the pope said. “We need to form future priests not to general and abstract ideas, Read more

New diocesan seminary in Guam

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A new diocesan seminary has been established in Guam. On Wednesday archbishop Anthony Sablan canonically erected the new St. John Paul the Great Archdiocesan Seminary of Guam. The ceremony took place after a Mass which was celebrated in the parish church of San Isidro in Malojloj. Attached to the church is the former Carmelite Monastery, Read more

Society of Mary sells former novitiate farm at Highden

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The Society of Mary is selling Highden farm in Manawatu ending an association with the property that goes back to 1922. The homestead was owned by the society for 67 years and for 64 of those it was the house of formation for novice priests and brothers. The house was sold in 1990 but the Read more