Volume XXII: August 2019 to July 2020

Fr. Richard Bradford and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius have published Contra Mundum, our parish paper, monthly since 1998 to provide religious instruction and news of the congregation.

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.


Issue 1. August 2019:

  • “Heaven on Earth” by The Reverend Deacon Michael J. Connolly
  • “The Growth of the Ordinariate,” remarks by Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP, well-known Catholic and Conservative Member of Parliament
  • “Seventy Times Seven,” sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Pilgrims Blessing of Roncevalles” for Steven Hardy prior to his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella
  • “To Pray for All Men” from a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer by St Cyprian
  • “Remembrances of Saint Jean Vianney” by Abbé Francois Trochu
  • “Consistent with Our Nation’s Traditions” from a concurring opinion by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the American Legion v. American Humanist Association case

 Issue 2. September 2019:

  • “Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage” by parishioner Steven Hardy
  • “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

Issue 3. October 2019:

  • “The Genuine Thing,” a sermon preached by Fr Bradford
  • “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

Issue 4. November 2019:

  • “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

Our online archives are here.