Neophyte of Bulgaria
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|Patriarch of Bulgaria and Metropolitan of Sofia|
The Bulgarian patriarch Neophyte just after his inauguration.
|Church||Bulgarian Orthodox Church|
|Installed||24 February 2013|
|Birth name||Simeon Nikolov Dimitrov|
15 October 1945 |
|Denomination||Eastern Orthodox Church|
Patriarch Neophyte (Bulgarian: Патриарх Неофит, secular name Simeon Nikolov Dimitrov; born 15 October 1945, Sofia) is the current head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church from 24 February 2013. Prior to his election on 24 February 2013 he was the Metropolitan of Ruse.
In 1971 he graduated from the Sofia Theological Academy of St. Clement of Ohrid.
Later he was trained in church singing at the Moscow Theological Academy.
He was ordained hierodeacon the same month an as hieromonk in 1976 at the St. Nedelya Church in Sofia.
From 1975 he was conductor of the ecclesiastical choir in Sofia and in 1977 became lecturer in Orthodox Singing at the Sofia Theological Academy.
On 21 November 1977 at St. Nedelya Cathedral he was ordained as archimandrite by Patriarch Maxim.
In 1985, at the Saint Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, Neophyte was ordained as bishop.
Four years later he was appointed rector of the Sofia Theological Academy.
In 1991 Neophyte was elected dean of the restored Faculty of Theology at St. Kliment Ohridski University.
He was later appointed Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod and Chairman of the Church Trusteeship of Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
In 1994 Neophyte was elected Metropolitan of Dorostol and Cherven.
In 2001, the Fifth Ecclesiastical and National Council decided to split Dorostol-Cherven Diocese to Ruse diocese and Dorostolski diocese, Metropolitan Neophyte became Metropolitan of Ruse.
At the church council convened to elect a new Patriarch 24 February 2013, he was elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church with 90 votes against 47 for Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech.
- "Neofit of Rousse elected Patriarch of Bulgarian Orthodox Church". sofiaglobe.com. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
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