Polycarpus Augin Aydin

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His Eminence Mor
Polycarpus Augin Aydın
ܦܘܠܝܩܪܦܘܣ ܐܘܓܝܢ ܐܝܕܝܢ
Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See the Netherlands
In office 2007–present
Predecessor Julius Yeshu Çiçek
Ordination August 4, 2002
by Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktaş
Consecration April 15, 2007
by Ignatius Zakka I Iwas
Rank Metropolitan (archbishop)
Personal details
Born (1971-06-10) June 10, 1971 (age 46)
Nusaybin (Nisibis), Turkey

Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydın (Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܦܘܠܝܩܪܦܘܣ ܐܘܓܝܢ ܐܝܕܝܢ‎; born Edip Aydın (Syriac: ܐܕܝܒ ܐܝܕܝܢ‎); on June 10, 1971 near Nusaybin (Nisibis), Turkey), is the Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands of the Syriac Orthodox Church. The Metropolitan Seat is located at St. Ephrem the Syrian Monastery in Glane/Losser, the Netherlands.[1]

Early life and studies[edit]

Edip Aydın, firstborn son of Shem'un and Nisani Aydın, was born in the village of Gündükşükrü (Syriac: ܓܘܢܕܘܟ ܫܘܟܪܐ‎), in the vicinity of Nusaybin (Nisibis), the town of St. Ephrem the Syrian, in the region of Tur 'Abdin, southeastern Anatolia, Turkey on June 10, 1971.

In 1982, after completing his elementary education in the village, Aydın entered the Seminary of Mor Gabriel Monastery, located near Midyat, Turkey, where he received training in both Syriac language and literature as well as in traditional Syriac theology and liturgy.

Following his secondary education in Turkey, Aydın earned a degree of Bachelor of Divinity in 1995 at Heythrop College, University of London, United Kingdom. Next, he spent a year at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom as a Visiting Student, following a Master of Syriac Studies (M.St.) under the supervision of Dr. Sebastian Brock.

In May 2000 he was awarded the degree of Master of Divinity at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York, United States. The title of his thesis is: The History of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in North America: Challenges and Opportunities.

On May 21, 2011 Aydın was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, United States, in the field of Early Church History and Ecumenics under the supervision of Professor Kathleen McVey. The title of his dissertation is: Comparing the Syriac Order of Monastic Profession (Syriac: ܛܟܣܐ ܕܣܘܦܪܐ‎) with the Order of Baptism (Syriac: ܛܟܣܐ ܕܥܡܕܐ‎) both in External Structure and in Theological Themes.

Pastoral life[edit]

On October 7, 2001, Edip Aydın was tonsured as a monk (Syriac: ܕܝܪܝܐ‎) by Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East at St. Ephrem's Monastery in Damascus, Syria and given the name Augin (Eugene), sometimes spelled Awgin, in honor of Mor Augin of Tur Izlo. On August 4, 2002 he was ordained to the priesthood at Mor Gabriel Monastery by Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktaş, the Archbishop of Tur 'Abdin.

On April 15, 2007, Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East consecrated Augin Aydın a Metropolitan by the name Polycarpus in honor of St. Polycarp of Smyrna at the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul in Ma'arrat Saydnaya, (Arabic: معرة صيدنايا‎‎) near Damascus, Syria. He was then appointed the Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands of the Syriac Orthodox Church, succeeding the late Mor Julius Yeshu Çiçek.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "St. Ephrem the Syrian Monastery (Dayro d-Mor Ephrem)". St. Ephrem the Syrian Monastery. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 

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