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.


  • “Through Their Word,” a sermon preached by Fr Bradford
  • “What Path Are We To Take,” an excerpt from an Easter sermon by St Athanasius
  • “Mary’s Month”
  • “The Visible Invisible,” an excerpt from Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel
  • “Blessed Mary the Poet” by Anthony Esolen
  • “Keeping the Joyful Festival” from a sermon on Good Shepherd Sunday by St Gregory the Great
  • “The Opportunity to Repent,” an excerpt from Pope Saint Clement’s Epistle to the Corinthians
  • “Saint Philip Saw the Father” from Origen”s Against Celsus
  • “Posture in Prayer,” an excerpt by Saint Bernardino


  • “We Know Him Who Teaches It,” a sermon Father Bradford preached on Passion Sunday
  • “The Night He Was Betrayed” by Father Romanus Cessario, O.P.
  • “The Third Height of Perfection” by St Catherine of Siena
  • “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization,”by Gerhard Cardinal Müeller
  • “Nationhood as a Gift from God” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • “Priestly Vocation” by Pope Benedict XVI
  • “No Salvation Except in the Cross” by Saint Francis de Sales
  • “Protecting the Right of Free Speech” from the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly


  • “The Only-begotten Son of God” by The Revd Deacon Michael J. Connolly, Archdeacon in the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in the United States and Canada and assistant professor of linguistics in Boston College. He often assists at our Mass.
  • “To Keep a True Lent,” a poem by Robert Herrick, a 17th century English poet and clergyman.
  • “Thinking of His Mother,” a sermon preached by Fr Bradford.
  • “How Shall We Repay the Lord?” by St Basil the Great, bishop, theologian of distinction, monastic founder, and one of the Four Greek Doctors of the Church.
  • “The True Vision of Things,” a sermon by Fr Joseph F Wilson, priest of he Diocese of Brooklyn and a long-time friend of our congregation.