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Sankt Ignatios welcomes the new Rector of our Syriac Orthodox Seminary

On November 4th Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin signed the agreement and assumes the position as the new Rector of Sankt Ignatios Syriac Orthodox Seminary. In connection to this position he also becomes the first chairman of the Rectors' Collegium.

Mor Polycarpus made his Bachelor in Heythrop College at the University of London in 1995, followed by a Master Syriac studies under the famous Sebastian Brock the following year, and then continued with his master at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York in 2000. Finally he made his PhD at Princeton Theological Seminary 2011 under the supervision of Professor Kathleen McVey. His thesis was about the order for the monastic profession, which he argues follows closely the order for baptism.

Mor Polycarpus was born in the heartland of the syriac people in Sweden, Tur Abdin, in South Eastern Turkey, more precisely in Gündükşükrü. As a young boy he studied in the ancient monastery of Mor Gabriel where he learned the language and the liturgy. He was tonsured a monk by the previous Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in 2001 and ordained to the priesthood the following year by Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktaş, the Archbishop of Tur 'Abdin. Finally in 2007 he was consecrated a Metropolitan, appointed Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands of the Syriac Orthodox Church.