Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin
Patriarchal Vicar for Netherlands


H.E. Mor Polycarpus Eugene (Edip) Aydin is a native of Tur `Abdin, a region in southeast Anatolia, Turkey. He was born in 1971 in the village of Gundukshukro (Gundukke d-'Ito) in the vicinity of Nisibis, the town of St. Aphrem. After completing elementary education in the village, he entered Mor Gabriel's Seminary in 1982 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, H.E. went to England to pursue his theological studies at Heythrop College, University of London, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Divinity in 1995. Next, he went to Oxford University as a Visiting Student and spent a year at the Oriental Institute where he followed the Master of Syriac Studies course under the supervision of the renowned Syriac scholar Dr. Sebastian Brock.  In August of 1997, he joined St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary at Crestwood, New York where he completed the three-year Master of Divinity program and graduated on May 20, 2000. The subject of his thesis was The History of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in North America: Challenges and Opportunities.

On Sunday, October 7, 2001, he was tonsured as a monk (dayroyo) by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East at St. Ephrem's Monastery in Damascus, Syria and given the name Eugene (Awgin), in honor of Mor Awgin of Tur Izlo. On August 4, 2002 he was ordained to the priesthood at Mor Gabriel Monastery by His Eminence Archbishop Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas of Tur `Abdin. He later had his Doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary in the field of Early Church History and Ecumenics under the supervision of Professor Kathleen McVey.

Following the demise of  the Archbishop of Netherlands Mor Julius Yeshu`Çiçek in 2005, the Holy Synod took the decision to ordain Raban Eugene Aydin as Metropolitan for the diocese.  On Sunday, April 15, 2007, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas,  ordained Raban Eugene a Metropolitan by name POLYCARPUS at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral in Maarat Saydnya, Damascus and was appointed as the Patriarchal Vicar for the diocese of Netherlands. The headquarters of the new Metropolitan will be Dayro d-Mor Ephrem (Mor Aphrem Monastery) at Losser, Netherlands.

Since 2002, H.E. Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin is one of the Executive Members of the most popular internet publication of the Church, the 'Syriac Orthodox Resources' -


Photos from the consecration ceremony of Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin held at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral in Maarat Saydnya, Damascus on 15 April 2007

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Biography Source:  

1. Syriac Orthodox Resources,

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4. Photos taken during the arrival of Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin at Netherlands for the first time after being ordained Metropolitan