Biography of Bishop Daniil

Bishop Daniil (Trendafilov Nikolov) of Dragovitsa was born on March 2nd, 1972.  In 1991 he completed his secondary education in his hometown of Smolyan; in 1996 he undertook studies in English philology at the State University in Sofia; and in 1997 he enrolled in the Theological Faculty of Sofia from which he graduated in 2002.  In 1997 he became a novice of St. George Monastery in Hadzhidimovo, where on August 7th, 1999 he received the tonsure and the next day was ordained a hierodeacon.  In 2004 he was ordained a hieromonk, and on July 1st, 2006 was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.  On January 20th, 2008 he was consecrated to the sacred episcopacy and assigned as Vicar Bishop to the Metropolitan of Nevrokop.  By a June 15th, 2010 decision of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church - Bulgarian Patriarchate he was appointed Vicar Bishop to the Metropolitan of the USA, Canada and Australia.