On 15th Aug. of the same year Patriarch Maxim ordained him as hierodeacon and on 25th March 1976- as priestmonk in the "Sveta Nedelia" (St. Kyriaki) Cathedral in Sofia
From 30th Sept. 1975 till 17th March 1986 he
was conductor of the Sofia
Priests' Choir and on 15th July 1977 he
became also senior lecturer in Eastern church chant and in divine service practice in the Academy of Theology
remained in charge of these subjects until the end of 1980.
In the meantime, on 21st November 1977 he was promoted to the rank of archimandrite in the "Sveta Nedelia" (St. Kyriaki) Cathedral in Sofia by Patriarch Maxim.
From 1st Jan. 1981 till December 1985 Archimandrite Neofit was chancellor of the Sofia Eparchy (Diocese).
While holding that post, on 8th Dec. 1985 he
was consecrated as bishop in the St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral
became titular bishop of Levkas and he
was made second auxiliary bishop of the Metropolitan of Sofia
Dec. 1989 Bishop Neofit became rector of the St. Clement of Ochrid Academy of Theology in Sofia and on 26th July 1991 he was elected also as the first dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Clement of Ochrid in Sofia. (The Faculty had again become part of the University on 1st July 1991).
remained at this post until January 1992, On 27th January 1992 he
was appointed General Secretary of the Holy Synod and
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the St. Alexander Nevsky Palriarchal Cathedral
On 27 March 1994 he
was elected metropolitan of the Dorostol and Cherven Eparchy and on 3th April of the same year he
was canonically confirmed as metropolitan of said diocese.
On 17th Dec. 2001 following a decision of the Fifth Council of The Church
and the People the eparchy of Dorostol and Cherven was divided into two eparchies - that of Russe and that of Dorostol and since then he
has borne the title of "Metropolitan of Rousse".