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Abbot - The Abbot was the head of the monastery or abbey.

Prior - The monk that was second in charge. Sort of the deputy to the abbot.

Lector - The monk in charge of reading the lessons in church.

Cantor - Leader of the monk's choir.

Sacrist - The monk in charge of the books.

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Q: What was one of the most important occupations in monasteries during the middle ages?
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