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Dr Helen Costigane SHCJ

Dr Helen Costigane Visiting Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7795 4227


Born in Scotland, Helen Costigane attended the University of Glasgow, and studied History and Politics. Moving to London, she completed a Diploma in Management while working in marketing, then joined one of the-then Big 4 accountancy firms, qualifying as a chartered accountant.  After joining the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, she studied at Heythrop College, gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology (with distinction), and an M.Th. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, While working in the charity sector, she then studied for a PhD in Christian Ethics part-time over a number of years.  Not having suffered enough, and discovering the beauty of canon law, she continued study in this field, gaining an M.A. in Canon Law (with congratulatory distinction) at Heythrop College.  She then continued part-time study at K U Leuven, in Belgium, for a JCL (Licentiate in Canon Law, magna cum laude), with a thesis entitled ‘Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Is There Another Way Forward?’, and a JCD (Doctorate in Canon Law),  with a thesis on the temporal goods of the Church. 
Helen has taught at Heythrop College over a number of years, being involved in Christian Ethics, Pastoral Theology, and latterly Canon Law.  She has also had teaching experience as a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions  - St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill, (Theology and Management Studies); Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Charles University, Prague, (Christian Ethics); Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, (Charity Management); Birkbeck College, (Christian Ethics), University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in London (Business Ethics);  Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge (Canon Law).

Helen was Vice Principal - Academic at Heythrop College from October 2015 to January 2017.

Current teaching

Canon Law (UG)
Contemporary Moral Issues (UG)
General Introduction to Canon Law  (PG)
Sacramental Law  (PG)
Business Ethics (PG)
Foundations in Pastoral Theology (PG/part)
Mission and Ministry (PG/part) 

Helen is also currently supervising 3 research students, and has acted as external examiner for a number of research degrees.  In addition, she has acted as external examiner/moderator at a number of colleges in a various countries (UK, Czech Republic, USA, Ghana, India, Singapore, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Russia, and Denmark).

Research Interests

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Sacraments; Temporal Good; Christian Ethics; Business Ethics; Ethics in Ministry


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Other information

Helen is currently a member of the following associations:
Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Canon Law Society of America
Ecclesiastical Law Society
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Catholic Theological Association
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
Association of Provincial Bursars
Institute of Charity Finance Directors

Helen has been a presenter at summer schools, and has given talks at study days and conferences in a number of countries (UK, USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, and Jordan).  She is Provincial Treasurer of the European Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and has advised a number of charities (particularly religious congregations) on aspects of charity law. She is an ecclesiastical judge for the tribunal of the Diocese of Northampton and acts as canonical consultant to individuals and religious congregations. Having a face for radio rather than television, she has taken part in programmes for Radio 4, Radio Scotland, and Christian Premier Radio.  She is also on the editorial board of Law and Justice and a member of a number of associations listed above. In her spare time she makes greetings cards and jewellery, and has a number of cross-stitch projects languishing and awaiting completion.