Sale of Ponsonby Episcopal site will help Catholic Theological College move

The sale of the New Zealand Conference of Catholic Bishops’ half stake in the former site of Good Shepherd College in Auckland to the Society of Mary will help Te Kupenga-Catholic Theological College move into modern premises.

Proceeds from the sale of the site at 20 Ponsonby Rd ​​will go towards the refurbishment of St Columba Center and the adjacent Holy Cross Seminary in neighboring Vermont Street, Ponsonby.

The upgrade will see Te Kupenga-Catholic Theological College move its Auckland campus from 20 Ponsonby Rd ​​to St Columba Centre, providing staff and students with a modern space that is better integrated with the seminary.

Barring any issues with the Covid-19 pandemic, the move to Vermont St is expected to take place around Easter, which is mid-April this year.

The Ponsonby Rd ​​site was 50-50 owned by NZCBC and the Society of Mary. The Society has agreed to buy NZCBC’s share and plans to house some of its ministry agencies on the site, including Logos, a Marist youth development project.

Te Kupenga was formed in January 2020 by merging the former Good Shepherd College with the former Catholic Institute, creating three subsidiaries, including the Catholic Theological College. There had always been plans to eventually move the Catholic Theological College to another site.

NZCBC Secretary and Bishop of Auckland, Stephen Lowe, said the Bishops were delighted that the Ponsonby Rd ​​site continued to house entities dedicated to the mission of the Church.

“The buildings in which we minister may change, but our passion for the mission of the Church and the Gospel of Christ endures,” Bishop Lowe said.

“The Bishops are grateful and very grateful for the hard work and patience of the staff at Te Kupenga and Holy Cross Seminary in helping to put these changes into effect, and we recognize the significant disruption to staff and students caused by the works. construction and moving of premises”.

Father Merv Duffy, principal and lecturer at the Grade 7 Catholic Theological College, said: “It will be difficult to leave 20 Ponsonby Road – we have been teaching here for 21 years – but the Vermont Street site has more places. of parking, which will benefit our students.”

Photo: The property at 20 Ponsonby Rd.

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