Volume XXIII: August 2020 to July 2021

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 3. September 2020:

  • “The Holy Cross”  by Father Alban Butler, an English Catholic priest and author of The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints, originally published in 1756
  • “Keeping the Oil of Glory Within Our Conscience” by Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
  • “A Report from our Business Manager” by Rick Timmerman
  • “The God of Inclusivity” by Eugene Genovese, an American historian who joined the Communist Party, but later embraced traditional conservatism and returned to Catholicism
  • “The Value of Suffering” by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop OF, daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne; she was a convert to Catholicism and foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne
  • “The Most Holy Name of Mary” by Father Richard Bradford
  • “God Created Two Excellent Types of Creatures,” an excerpt from Summa of the Christian Life by Venerable Father Louis of Granada, OP, a noted theologian, writer, and preacher

Issue 2.September 2020:

  • “The Holy Cross”  by Father Alban Butler, an English Catholic priest and author of The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints, originally published in 1756
  • “Keeping the Oil of Glory Within Our Conscience” by Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
  • “A Report from our Business Manager” by Rick Timmerman
  • “The God of Inclusivity” by Eugene Genovese, an American historian who joined the Communist Party, but later embraced traditional conservatism and returned to Catholicism
  • “The Value of Suffering” by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop OF, daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne; she was a convert to Catholicism and foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne
  • “The Most Holy Name of Mary” by Father Richard Bradford
  • “God Created Two Excellent Types of Creatures,” an excerpt from Summa of the Christian Life by Venerable Father Louis of Granada, OP, a noted theologian, writer, and preacher

ISSUE 1. AUGUST 2020:

  • “God vs Caesar,” a homily preached by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference
  • “Rest in Peace – Bruce Rand” by Father Bradford
  • “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” a letter by Father Daniel P. Moloney, former chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • “Christian Rights and Those of Others” by Father Bradford
  • “Revisiting Evangelium Vitae,” an article by Dr Helen Alvaré reprinted from The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants newsletter
  • “For the Sake of Doing Good, a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The Whole Christ,” an excerpt of a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella
  • “Mary’s Assumption,” a poem by Fr Alfred J. Barrett, SJ

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