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 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.

March 2020:

  • “Another Silent Mountain Climb,” a Lenten sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Safe Hands of St Joseph” by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704), a French theologian and renowned preacher
  • “I Am Not White,” an excerpt by Thomas Storck who writes on Catholic social teaching and culture
  • “Gender Equality and Gender Ideology: Protecting Women and Girls,” a statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, at the United Nations, New York, 20 March 2019

February 2020:

  • “Coming into His Royal Presence,” an excerpt by The Provost from The Oratory Parish Magazine
  • “Gods Conscientious Attention” by Fr William M. Joensen from the 2018 Magnificat Advent Companion
  • “The Mouthpiece of the Infallible Church,” an excerpt  from Meditations for Layfolk by Fr Bede Jarrett, OP, an English Dominican priest and founder of the Blackfriars, Oxford
  • “Sermons Aimed at Them” by Father Bradford
  • “Within the Scope of Peace” by Pope Saint Leo the Great
  • “Why We Fast” by Fr Richard Veras, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and director of pastoral formation and a professor in St Joseph’s Seminary
  • “The Three Notable Duties,” an excerpt  of a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.380-450), a Doctor of the Church.

January 2020:

  •  “Called to Fullness” by the Provost from The Oratory Magazine
  • “The Pride of the Believer” by Saint Bernardino of Siena
  • “The Most Holy Name” by Richard Rolle of Hampole
  • “Placed at the Feet of Christ,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Its Already Been Done” by David Mills, a contributing editor of the New Oxford Review
  • “The Issue Does Not Go Away” by Monsignor William M. Helmick
  • “The Truths We Teach” by Saint Augustine
  • “An Informed Conscience” by Father Bradford