Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin
patriarchal vicar of the
Syrian Orthodox Church
in the Netherlands
Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin (baptismal name Edip Aydin) was born on June 10, 1971 in the village Gunduksukru (IgÃ¼ndÃ¼ke di-`Ito) near Nisibis, a city near the border with Syria. The uncomplicated, sincere and intense belief of his parents has had a major impact on his life.
In his younger years he went both to the parish school, where he was taught in the Syrian language, as the Turkish village school. After he had finished primary school at the age of twelve, he continued his studies at the seminary of the Mor Gabriel Monastery in Midyat, about an hour’s drive from Nisibis. At the seminar, he broadened his knowledge of classical Syriac, both in terms of language and literature. He also was inducted into the traditional Syrian theology and liturgy. studied together with him there are about 30 students at the seminary from various towns and villages in Tur Abdin. At the same time he continued his secondary education at the state school in Midyat.
Edip Aydin has six years in the Mor Gabriel monastery while he fully participated in the community. The life of prayer, fasting, and other everyday activities of the nuns and monks have him spiritually and mentally formed during this time. His increasing knowledge of the Christian faith and its practice have led him to devote himself wholeheartedly to God and His Holy Church. Therefore, he was in his last years devoted to the seminary to sub-deacon of the church.
After he had completed his high school in Turkey, he was sent by His Excellency Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas (Metropolitan of Tur `Abdin) for his further education in England. There he took enkelePolycarpus yolufo (K) months residence in the Anglican Benedictine community of Alton Abbey in Hampshire to English to live and participate in the common spiritual life. Then he began studying theology at Heythrop College of the University of London. In 1995 he completed his studies successfully with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. During his studies at Heythrop he stayed put at the Carmelite Fathers, earning him the opportunity to deepen his life of prayer and to discuss theological topic and.
Afterwards he continued his studies at Oxford. As a guest student he stayed for a year at the Oriental Institute and participated in the Master Syrian Studies Dr. Sebastian Brock, professor of Syriac language and theology from the University of Oxford. During his stay at Oxford, he started The Bible in the Syriac Tradition (Gorgias Press, 2002) by Dr. Brock translate into Syriac. He also studied the 20th century western Syrian writers who contributed to the renewed blossoming of the Syriac language and literature. During his studies at Oxford he stayed with the Jesuit community’s Campion Hall in what has been an extraordinary experience for him both spiritually and intellectually.
In August 1997 Subdeacon Edip went to the United States where he at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York continued his studies. Here he followed the three-year Master’s degree in Theology and graduated on May 20, 2000. His dissertation was entitled The History of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in North America; Challenges and Opportunities. During his time at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, he has not only made efforts in the service of the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in the east of the US, but has he given also teaching in the Syriac language in the same period of the St . Ephrem the Syrian school in New Jersey.
In the spring of 2001 Subdeacon Edip Aydin left for Switzerland, where he attended the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey 50 Graduate School with the theme: The changing face of Christianity.
Polycarp dayroyo (K) On October 7, 2001 he was ordained as a monk by His Holiness, Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. Here he also received his name Augin (Eugene) in honor of St. Augin Tursiops Izlo. On August 4, 2002 he was ordained a priest in the monastery of Mor Gabriel by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas, Metropolitan of Tur Abdin. He is currently finalizing his PhD research at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He treats his dissertation in the Early Church History and Ecumenism. His supervisor was Professor Kathleen McVey. The subject of the thesis: Comparison of the Syrian Association for the monastic ordination with the Order of the Holy Baptism, both in external structure and in theological themes.
On April 15, 2007 is Raban Augin Aydin by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas consecrated metropolitan and patriarchal vicar for the Archdiocese of Netherlands. He is the successor of the deceased on October 29, 2005 Archbishop Mor Julius Yeshu ‘Cicek. The new bishop has taken the name of Polycarp, named after living in the 2nd century St. Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna.