H.E. Mor Polycarpus Eugene (Edip) Aydin was born in Tur Abdin, southeast Turkey in 1971. He entered Mor Gabriel Seminary in 1982 where he received training in both Syriac language and literature as well as in traditional Syriac theology and liturgy.
Following secondary education in Turkey, H.E. went to England to study theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where he earned a BA 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 Dr. Sebastian Brock. In 1997 he joined St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary at Crestwood, New York where he completed the three-year Master of Divinity program, graduating in 2000. The subject of his thesis was The History of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in North America: Challenges and Opportunities.
In 2001, he was tonsured as a monk (dayroyo) by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and given the name Eugene (Awgin), in honor of Mor Awgin of Tur Izlo. In 2002 he was ordained as a priest at Mor Gabriel Monastery. He later earned a doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary in the field of Early Church History and Ecumenics under the supervision of Professor Kathleen McVey.
In 2007, Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zaka II ordained Raban Eugene a Metropolitan by name Polycarpus and he was appointed as the Patriarchal Vicar for the diocese of Netherlands. Since 2013 he has been President of the Suryoye Theological Seminary Salzburg (STSS) and a visiting lecturer teaching on Canon Law for the MA in Syriac MA in Syriac Theology.