Sunny Thomas Kokkaravalayil, SJ

Vice Rector, Professor

Fr. Sunny Thomas Kokkaravalayil, SJ - Pontifical Oriental Institute


I am a Jesuit from India. After my priestly ordination, I came to Rome for specialization in Eastern Canon Law at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Since 2005, after my doctorate, I have been teaching in the Faculty of Eastern Canon Law for POI.

Country of Birth


Degrees Held

MA in Sociology

Licentiate in Eastern Canon Law

Doctorate in Eastern Canon Law


“Life and Personality of Swami Vivekananda” in College Magazine, NSS College Changanacherry, 1987.


“Index,” in George Nedungatt, ed., The Synod of Diamper Revisited (Kanonika 9), Roma: PIO, 2001, 373-383.


Book review, “George Nedungatt SJ, Laity and Church Temporalities: Appraisal of a Tradition (Dharmaram Canonical Series 1), Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore-560 029, India, 2000, pp. 503,” in OCP 68 (2002), 254-257.


“Prof. George Nedungatt SJ: Profile of a Versatile Personality,” in Francis Eluvathingal, ed., Syro-Malabar Church since the Eastern Code, Rome: Mar Thoma Yogam, 2002, 1-7.


“The Works of Prof. George Nedungatt SJ,” ibid., 8-13.


“Synod of Diamper in the CCEO,” ibid., 251-255.


“The Guideline Riti e Chiese Particolari Applied in CCEO: History and Appraisal,” in Luis Okulik, ed., Le Chiese Sui Iuris: Criteri di individuazione e delimitazione,” Venezia: Istituto di Diritto Canonico San Pio X, 2004, 27-40.


The Guidelines for the Revision of the Eastern Code (Excerpta ex dissertatione ad doctoratum), Roma, PIO, 2005.


“Oriental Character of the Eastern Code,” in The Eastern Code Text and Resources (Kanonika 13), Roma: PIO, 2007, 105-146.


“The Particular Law of the Syro-Malabar Church: An Appraisal,” Ephrem’s Theological Journal 11 (2007), 178-197.


“Particular Law of the Syro-Malabar Church: an Appraisal,” in Šimon Marinčák, ed., Diritto particolare nel sistema del CCEO: aspetti teoretici e produzione normativa delle Chiese orientali cattoliche, Košice: Centrum spirituality Vỷchod, 2007, 195-212.


“Christian Suffering: the Birth-pang of Salvation” in Apna Des, 16 marzo 2008, pp. 10-11 (in Malayalam, pubblicato da Kottayam, India).


Book review, “Vattappalam, Michael, Jose Porunnedom, and Mathew Kochupurackal, eds., A Study on the Particular Laws of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Lawrence Thomas Paruthapara, Bharananganam, 2007, pp. 194, Rs. 100.-” in OCP 73 (2007), 571-573.


“The Holy Mysteries in the Syro-Malabar Church,” in Šimon Marinčák, ed., Sväté tajomstvá na kresťanskom Východe, Košice: Centrum spirituality Vỷchod, 2008, 89-113.


“The Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit Constitutions,” Studies in Spirituality 18 (2008), 229-244.


Ricensione, “Pudumai Doss, Jesu, SDB, Freedom of Enquiry and Expression in the Catholic Church. A Canonico-Theological Study, Kristu Jyoti Publications, Bangalore, 2007, xix+398 pp.,” in OCP 74 (2008), 549-550.


“Rights of the Eastern Catholic Churches Recognised in Orientalium Ecclesiarum of Vatican II: a Brief Reflection,” Iura orientalia 5 (2009), 232-238 (on-line


“The Guidelines for the Revision of the Eastern Code: an Overview,” in George Karukaparambil, ed., Kynanaya Light: a Festschrift in Honour of Revd Dr Jacob Kollaparambil, Bangalore, 2009, 206-240.


The Guidelines for the Revision of the Eastern Code: Their Impact on CCEO (Kanonika 15), Roma, PIO, 2009.


Traduzione dell’articolo di Ivan Žužek, “Appunti sulla storia della Codificazione Canonica Orientale,” pubblicato in Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, ed., The Eastern Code Text and Resources (Kanonika 13), Roma, PIO, 2007, 31-71, in inglese intitolato “Brief History of the Codification of Eastern Canon Law,” pubblicata in George Nedungatt, ed., Digital CCEO with Resources and Studies (Dharmaram Canonical Studies 6), Bangalore, Dharmaram Publications, 2009, 115-150.


Repubblicazione di “Oriental Character of the Eastern Code,” in Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, ed., The Eastern Code: Text and Resources (Kanonika 13), Roma: PIO, 2007, 105-146, in George Nedungatt, ed., Digital CCEO with Resources and Studies (Dharmaram Canonical Studies 6), Bangalore, Dharmaram Publications, 2009, 51-112.


Book review in OCP, “Pallath, Paul, Matrimonio tra Cristiani Indiani. Il rito nella Chiesa siro-malabarese, Urbaniana University Press, Città del Vaticano 2009, pp. 166,” in OCP 75 (2009), 529-531.


Book review in OCP, “Viscuso, Patrick D., Sexuality, Marriage, and Celibacy in Byzantine Law: Selections from a Fourteenth-Century Encyclopedia of Canon Law and Theology: The Alphabetical Collection of Matthew Blastares, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, Brookline, MA., 2008, pp.x+195,” in OCP 75 (2009), 537-539.


Saluto in qualità del Pro-rettore alla comunità accademica del PIO all’apertura dell’anno accademico 2009-2010 il 17 ottobre 2009, pubblicato nel Album accademico 2009-2010, Roma, PIO, 2010, 16-19; è pubblicato anche in Atti del PIO dell’anno accademico 2009-2010, 32-36.


“The Competence of the Eparchial Bishop in Regulating the Eucharistic Celebration in the Church of a Clerical Religious House of Pontifical Right: An Interpretation of CCEO c. 415 §1,” in Georges Ruyssen, ed., The Holy Eucharist in Eastern Canon Law/La divina Eucaristia nel diritto canonico orientale. Acts of the Bratislava Symposium, 14-17 April 2009/Atti del simposio di Bratislava, 14-17 aprile 2009 (Kanonika 16), Roma: PIO, 2010, 163-178.


“The Application of the Principle of Subsidiarity in the Legislative Competence of the Synod of Bishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches,” in Luigi Sabbarese, ed., Strutture sovraepiscopali nelle Chiese Orientali, Città del Vaticano, Urbaniana University Press, 2011, 89-100.


Book review in OCP “Kuzhinapurath, Thomas, Salvific Law, Salvific Character of CCEO: an Historical Overview, MS Publications, Thiruvananthapuram, 2004, revised ed., 2008, pp. xi + 212,” in OCP 77 (2011), 262-264.


Book review in OCP, “Moolakkatt, Mathew, The Book of Decrees of Mar Mathew Makil. A Historico-Juridical Study (Syrian Churches Series XXI), published by Revd Dr George Karukaparambil, Bangalore, 2009, pp. xxxii + 452,” in OCP 77 (2011), 264-266.


“Syro-Malabar Particular Law: an Adequate Response to CCEO’s Call?,” in Pontificio Consiglio per i Testi Legislativi, Il Codice delle Chiese orientali: la storia le legislazioni particolari le prospettive ecumeniche. Atti del convegno di studio tenutosi nel XX anniversario della promulgazione del Codice dei Canoni delle Chiese Orientali, Sala San PIO X, Roma, 8-9 ottobre 2010, Città del Vaticano, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2011, 223-242.


“The Eastern Catholic Churches in Evangelisation: Commentary on CCEO c. 585,” Ius missionale 5 (2011), 29-60.


“Pontifical Oriental Institute” (in Malayalam), Kerala Jesuit 87 (December 2011), 33-35.


Book review in OCP, “Pallath, Paul, and George Kanjirakkatt, Origin of the Southist Vicariate of Kottayam: Acts and Facts, OIRSI, Kottayam, 2011, pp. 308,” in OCP 78 (2012), 241-244.


History of Vakathanam St Mathew’s Knanaya Catholic Church 1910-2010, Vakathanam, St Mathew’s Cultural Society, 2012.


“The Inspiration of Vatican II for the Revision of the Eastern Canon Law,” Iustitia 3/2 (2012), 217-246.


“Prof. Dr. George Nedungatt, SJ and the Historiography of the St. Thomas Christians,” Journal of St. Thomas Christians 23/2-4 (2012), 46-58.


“The Sixteenth-Century Encounter of St Thomas Christians with the Latin Missionaries and its Consequences,” in Cesare Giraudo, ed., The Anaphoral Genesis of the Institution Narrative in Light of the Anaphora of Addai and Mari. Acts of the International Liturgy Congress Rome 25-26 October 2011 (OCA 295), Roma, PIO, 2013, 147-182.


“The Particular Law on the Sacraments of Initiation in the Syro-Malabar Church,” Eastern Canon Law 2 (2013), 401-421.


“Clerical Marriage and Celibacy in the Tradition of the Syro-Malabar Church,” in George Ruyssen, ed., L’ordinazione sacra nella disciplina canonica delle Chiese orientali (Kanonika 20), Roma, Edizioni Orientali Christiana, 2014, 111-126.


Book review: “Jacob Kollaparambil and Byju Mukalel, eds., Archeparchy of Kottayam Erected by St Pius X for the Southist People: Papers Presented at Centenary Symposia (Original title in Malayalam: Thekkumbhaga Janathinuventy V. Patham Pius Sthapicha Kottayam Athirupatha: Sathabdhi Symposiangal), Kottayam, The Historical Documentation Committee of the Centenary Celebrations, 2014, viii+545 pp, price Rs. 350/-,” Iustitia 5 (2014), 265-70.


“Particular Law in CCEO and Catholicisation,” Eastern Legal Thought 11 (2015), 63-104.


“Laodicea, Synod of,” in Edward G. Farrugia, ed., Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Christian East, Rome, PIO, 2015, 1115-1116.


“Neocaesarea, Synod of,” in Edward G. Farrugia, ed., Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Christian East, Rome, PIO, 2015, 1321-1322.


The Sources of the Syro-Malabar Law, edited, Kottayam, OIRSI, 2015.


“Rev. Mgr. Jacob Kollaparambil: in Memoriam,” in Byju Mukalel and Johnson Neelanirappel, eds., Praudham i Prayanam, Kottayam, JET Publications, 2015, 238-43 (in Malayalam) and 308-11 (in English).


Book review: “Thomas Kollamparampil, Jose Nandhikkara, Sebastian Payyappilly and Mathew Maniampra, eds., Power of Positive Presence, Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. Thomas Aykara CMI, Bangalore, Dharmaram Publications, 2014, xvi+536,” OCP 81 (2015), 250-4.


Book review: “Nedungatt, George, Renewal of Life and Law: an Indian Contribution (Dharmaram Canonical Studies 10), Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru, 2015, pp. xxii+305, price Rs. 300 /$30 /€25,” Iustitia 6/1 (June 2015), 131-133.


“The Syro Malabar Church after the Promulgation of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches,” Eastern Legal Thought 12 (2016), 165-200.


“Vatican II Teachings on the Establishment of Eparchies for the Eastern Catholic Diaspora,” in Georges Ruyssen, ed., Il diritto canonico orientale a cinquant’anni dal Concilio Vaticano II: atti del simposio di Roma, 23-25 aprile 2014, Pontificio Istituto Orientale-Pontificia Università San Tommaso D’Aquino ‘Angelicum’,” Roma, Edizioni Orientalia Cristiana, 2016, 429-457.


Notable Projects

I am completing a book which focuses on law and culture; specifically how cultural diversity within the Catholic Church should promote (or at least tolerate) legal diversity.

I have also begun writing another book on Eastern Catholic legislation regarding religious institutes. Theology of law is an area of interest in which I like to publish.

Favorite Quote

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