The large Irish monasteries of the 5th century can find their equivalent today in the Christian School.

Contrary to the the modern notion of monastic life as a flight from the world, the monastery of antiquity was a vibrant community of covenant families transforming culture.

The abbot (head of a monastery) gathered lay tradesmen (and their families) and commissioned them as married monks under a common Christian identity (a rule).

Thousands would gather in monastic communities that saw the Church, the Family, and their Vocation as inseparable, interconnected parts of the Christian life.

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Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.