The Role of the Guardians
The role of the Guardians is to be the spiritual heartbeat of the parish. The English Parish system developed from Benedictine Monastic origins; within towns the monastery or Abbey would be at the heart of community life. Within the monastery the abbot or prior would shape the spiritual life of the community. Around him would be the members of the monastery who assisted and complemented the the spiritual teachings and values of Christ. As they 'guarded' the life of the community they were referred to as 'Guardians'.
From this structure the brothers (or sisters) of the community would gather and pray as well as do practical work for the running of the monastery. Around the monastery were alms houses, cloisters, and markets where the townspeople would interact with the monastery. Through this relationship the whole community would be anchored in the heart of God. At St John the Evangelist we see ourselves as following in these footsteps with our priest, Guardians, worshipping community, and the town of Raymond Terrace.