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.


  • “Coming into Port after a Rough Sea,” an excerpt from Apologia Pro Vita Sua by St John Henry Newman
  • “Chronology of John Henry Newman” from The Catholic Response
  • “All Souls Day” by Pope Benedict XVI
  • “Possession of Our Selves,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Some Things Never Change,” a reading from 2 Peter
  • “Preparation for Death” by Anthony Bloom
  • “Open to the Love of God” by St Catherine of Genoa
  • “What a Christian Believes about Death” by H. A. Wilson
  • “Christ Came to Till the Soil” by Saint Macarius


  • “The Genuine Thing,” a very informative sermon by Fr Bradford about St Francis of Assisi
  • “A Redemptive Function To Perform,” an excerpt by C. S. Lewis
  • “Reason for Worry,” an article by Star Parker, a nationally known black conservative activist, author, and columnist, and founder of CURE
  • “British Martyrs: Saint Philip Howard” reprinted from Magnificat
  • “Open Wide the Doors for Christ,” an excerpt from a sermon preached by Pope St John Paul II
  • “Another St Francis” by St Francis of Paola


  • “Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage” parishioner Steven Hardy tells how faith sent him on his Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and the truly miraculous experiences that resulted
  • “Our Lady of Walsingham” (and the four feasts in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in September)
  • “A Coin Has Two Sides,” a sermon by Fr Bradford
  • “Judaism Doesn’t Guarantee Pro-Choice” by Rabbi Avi Shafran
  • “From a Commentary on the Prophet Joel” by Saint Jerome