His education began in Karlovo, and he was also a local craftsman's apprentice studying tailoring. At the age of 18 his maternal Uncle, who was a superior Abbot and envoy of the Hilandar monastery, took him to Stara Zagora where he gained further schooling, while working as the elder Vasil's servant. He also undertook clerical training, and in 1858 became a monk under the religious name of Ignatius. The following year he became a deacon monk.
"To be equal to the other European nations depends on our own united strength"
"If I shall win, I shall win for the entire people. If I shall lose, I shall lose only myself"
"It's deeds we need, not words"