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


  • “For Those Who Suffer on Account of the Cross of Christ” by John Pontifex, press officer for Aid to the Church in Need
  • “Why Are We Here?,”  a sermon preached by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, at the Mass of the Vigil for Life, January 18, 2018
  • “You Have to Have Peter” by Pope Leo the Great
  • “A Mutual Relationship,” an excerpt from School for Prayer by Archbishop Anthony Bloom
  • “The Love of God for Souls,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Goodness Gives Itself Away” by Bishop Robert Barron
  • “The issue Does Not Go Away,” an article by Monsignor William M. Helmick


  • “Before the Miracle,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Latecomers to the Faith,” an article from The Oratory Parish Magazine, the parish paper of the London (Brompton) Oratory
  • “Offering Envelopes – Why and How,” a letter from the Finance Committee
  • “The Name of Jesus,” an excerpt from the treatise, Against Heresies, by Saint lrenaeus
  • “Invoking the Holy Name,” an excerpt from Prayer for Beginners, by parishioner Peter Kreeft
  • “Charitable Giving,” a list of recommended charities from Father Bradford
  • “He Has Said Everything in Christ,” an excerpt from a treatise on The Ascent of Mount Carmel by St John of the Cross
  • “Protocol on Receiving Communion” by Father Bradford
  • “Preaching Goes Ahead,” an article from a homily on the gospels by Pope Saint Gregory the Great


  • “The Old Story Made New,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford on Advent Sunday
  • “Inclusion in Mary’s Grace”  by Father Romanus Cessario, OP,  a Dominican priest and professor of systematic theology in St John’s Seminary
  • “Weaving the Fabric of His Designs” by Jacques Benigne Bossuet, a French preacher and bishop, among the greatest preachers of all time
  • “Both Sides Are True,” an excerpt by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson from his Confessions of a Convert
  • “The Perfect Place for Adventures” by Dr Regis Martin, professor of dogmatic and systematic theology in Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio
  • “Humanae Vitae” by Fr Peter M.J. Stravinskas, widely known as an educator, writer, and preacher
  • “Where am I in all this” by Melinda Knight, a frequent contributor to Magnificat magazine
  • “To restore the presence of Christ,” an excerpt by Servant of God, Chiara Lubich from Christmas Joy: Spiritual Insights