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.

June 2020:

  • “A Wholly Creative and Energizing Reality,” an excerpt by Saint Athanasius from the First Letter to Serapion, Bishop of Thmuis
  • “The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,” an excerpt from a sermon preached by Father Bradford on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart and the Tenth Anniversary of Fr Bradford’s ordination as a Priest
  • “The Graces of the Sacrament,” an excerpt from The Catechism of the Council of Trent, published in 1566 and intended for the instruction of the clergy
  • “Hammer of Heretics,” an article from The Oratory Magazine on Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church, commemorated on June 13th
  • “Bishop Allué: a Remembrance by Msgr William M Helmick”
  • “Missae Sine Populo,” an excerpt from an article by Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas in the May/June 2020 edition of The Catholic Response magazine

May 2020:

  • “Where Do We Look for Truth,” an article by The Provost from The Oratory Parish Magazine, a publication of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Forty Days,” an excerpt from a sermon by Pope St Leo the Great
  • “Our Permanent Dwelling Place,”  an excerpt from The Year of Grace of the Lord by Lev Gillet, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic convert to the Orthodox Church
  • “Mary as the Concretizer” by Hans Urs von Balthasar, a prominent Swiss priest and theologian
  • “Saint Matthias the Apostle,” an excerpt of a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Fresh Wineskins,” an excerpt from a sermon by a 6th Century African author
  • “The Other Paraclete,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford

April 2020:

  • “The Experience of Two People,” a sermon by Fr Bradford
  • “A Good That Was More Than Acceptable,” an excerpt by St Thomas Aquinas
  • “Another Letter from Mexico” by David Burt
  • “What Path Are We To Take” from an Easter letter from St Athanasius
  • “Prayer as Silence” by Tito Colliander
  • “Both of These” by Pope Benedict XVI