On December 15, 2017, the St.Sinod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church appointed archimandrite Samuel the new abbot of the monastery for.
Archimandrite Samuel was born in 1972 in the village of Gorno Ablanovo, Rousse district, where he spends most of his childhood. He lived in Russia for some time, where he completed the secondary school. He turns to God at his twenty. He received medical education in the town of Varna and worked as a sanitary inspector. He graduated the Faculty of Theology of Tarnovo University some years later. At the age of 32, he finally decided to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ and went to the Monastery of “St. John of Rila” near the village of Skrino where taking the vows in 2008 and consecutively climbs the church hierarchy - Ierodeacon, Ieromonah, Archimandrite. Archim.Samuel goes to ministry in Vidin Bishopric and serves as chairman of the ancient temple "St. Petka" in Vidin and in the metropolitan church "St.Nikola” since 2009 until his appointment as Abbot of the Bachkovo Monastery ".
The monastic fraternity constantly makes every endeavor to maintain the Cloister of the Holy Virgin at its best condition; this is the condition the cloister really deserves to be in, in order to welcome the thousands of pilgrims that visit it every year, truly beautifully and impress them.
The maintenance of the fund and the restoration of the many unique frescoes, inherited by the holy forefathers, could be quite costly and the monastery does not always manage to cover all the expenses. For this very reason, we turn for help to every Christian and to everyone who values the Bachkovo monastery, to contribute within their means and thus join our efforts.
Every charitable deed will be welcomed with honest gratitude and intercessory prayer in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Mother for wellbeing and success of the contributor and their family.