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.


  • “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


  • “For Departed Souls,” an article by the Provost in the November, 2012 issue of The Oratory, the parish paper of the Brampton (London) Oratory.
  • “Why Go to Funerals?,” an article from the parish paper of The Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in East Chicago, Indiana
  • “The Prayers of the Saints,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford in St Theresa of Ávila Church on April 6, 2006
  • “The Guy Whose Name Is on the Door,” an opinion piece by Alex Beam, a regular columnist in The Boston Globe, on October 8, 2018
  • “Development of Doctrine” by Saint Vincent of Lerins who wrote his Commonitorium c. 434 as guidance on orthodox teaching of the faith
  • “Exit from Islam,” an editorial in the April 6, 2018 edition of the Catholic Herald Magazine
  • “Perspectives on Adoption,” an excerpt from an article in the Summer 2018 magazine of Massachusetts Citizens for Life


  • “Treating the Whole Affair Lightly” by Father Bradford
  • “Protecting the Young from Evil” by Saint Joseph Calasanz (1557-1648) whose pioneering work was a model for St John Bosco and the Salesian schools
  • “Practice What You Believe,” an excerpt from a sermon by Dr. James DeKoven, an Anglican priest and educator
  • “Contemplating the Mysteries of Salvation,” an excerpt of a sermon by St Bernard of Clairvaux, a French abbot and major leader in the reform of Benedictine monasticism
  • “Dismal Little Germs” by the Provost from the The Oratory Parish Magazine, the parish paper of the Brompton (London) Oratory.