Our Parish Paper, Contra Mundum

The name of our parish paper, Contra Mundum, comes from the Latin phrase “Athanasius contra mundum” meaning “Athanasius against the world.” This phrase described our patron saint even in his own time, as he stood firmly for the fullness of the faith.

Fr. Bradford and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius have published Contra Mundum monthly since 1998 to provide religious instruction and news of the congregation. Contra Mundum includes articles and sermons by Fr. Bradford, articles and other writings by noted classic and contemporary authors, news and notes for the congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

Parishioners as well as many outside the congregation subscribe. To receive a printed copy of Contra Mundum by mail, email the editor, Susan Russo, with your address.

The three most recent issues follow. The archives with all of the back issues are here.

January 2021

  • “The Elephant in the Closet” by Father Bradford
  • “The Secret of God’s Presence,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Word of God Follows the Voice in the Wilderness” by Saint Gregory Nazianzen
  • “He Knew Himself to be Loved by Christ” by Saint John Chrysostom
  • “The Hidden Years” by Baroness Maria von Trapp

December 2020

  • “The Earth Groans for God’s Grace,” an article by the Provost from THE ORATORY PARISH MAGAZINE, a publication of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “Jesus Is There,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Jesus Is Our Lord, an excerpt from an editorial published in the National Catholic Register
  • “Catholics for God and Country,” an excerpt from a guest column, “How the West Was Lost,” by Michael Wisniewski in the New Oxford Review
  • “Belief Comes First” by Fr Bonaventure Chapman, OP in the 2018 Magnificat Advent Companion
  • “He Came to Free Us All” by Pope Saint Leo the Great

November 2020

  • “What God Has Reserved for Those Who Love Him” by Fr Francis Canavan, S.J. 
  • “The Right of Self-Will: Counterfeit,”  a quote from Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Letter to the Duke of Norfolk
  • “Beginning and Ending: Notes on the Catechism,”  talking points in Fr Bradford’s notebook for Confirmation classes; during Advent the Church is mindful of the four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
  • “Reach Out to Assemblies in Heaven” by Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and one of the four Latin Doctors of the Church
  • “A General Law for All,” an excerpt from The Academic Sermons, The Fathers of the Church: Medieval Continuation, Vol. II by Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • “A Day of Thanksgiving” by James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and often referred to as the “Father of the Constitution”