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Meet Dobri Dobrev – The modern day Bulgarian saint who was nicknamed “good” because of his good doing

He walked over 20 kilometres each day to sit or stand in front of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia to collect money for charitable causes.

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Because of his simple appearance, his unselfish and ascetic way of life he was called as the “Saint of Bailovo”. Good Dobrev, an old man who has been gathering donations for years in the streets of Sofia so he could help the poor and needy, died in 103 years. Dobri Dobrev was born in 1914 in the Bulgarian village of Bajlova. He married at the beginning of the Second World War, and soon got four children, two of whom died.

In the bombing of Sophia he almost completely lost his hearing, and over the years he was increasingly striving for modest spiritual life. At the beginning of 2000 he decided to donate his property to the Orthodox Church and live in total poverty beside the church of St. Cyril and Methodius in the native Bajlov.

He was a Bulgarian ascetic who walked over 20 kilometres (12 mi) each day to sit or stand in front of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia to collect money for charitable causes. Dobrev donated all the money he collected to charities, orphanages, churches, and monasteries. He turned 100 in July 2014. In Bulgarian, his name translates as “good” or “kind”. ~ states Wikipedia

It soon became apparent that this modest old man walked every day from his village in hand-made clothes and shoes to over twenty miles distant Sofia to collect donations in the streets of the Bulgarian capital, mainly in front of the cathedral, that he would then give to the needy.

Always a delicate look and a pleasant smile, with many passers go by, caused unusual awe, and many who had the opportunity to meet him sought his blessing. Because of his simple appearance, this selfish and ascetic way of life he was called as the “Saint of Bailovo”. He is known to have been able to collect more than $60,000 and then donate the cathedral in Sofia, his church in Bailovo, and the reconstruction of a monastery near Sophia.

Numerous funds also donated to orphanages, while his needs covered a 100-state government pension. He spoke of how this way of life he wanted to recover for his great sin from the past and never wanted to praise his works. Three years ago, the documentary film “Silent Angel” was filmed about the good old man. Dobrev died on 13 February 2018, at Kremikovtsi Monastery. He was 103 yeas old and now the body of Dobrev is exhibited in the church of St. Cyril and Methodius in Bailovo, so that many believers could express gratitude and respect for the good deeds he has done during his life.

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