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. St. Athansius spent seventeen years in five different exiles ordered by four Emperors, all because he would not cease teaching orthodox Catholicism in the face of the heresy of Arianism.

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 three most recent issues follow. The archives with all of the back issues are here.


  • “The Holy Name of Jesus” by Father Bradford
  • “The Name That Must Be Proclaimed” by St Bernardino of Siena
  • “God Chooses His Agents,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “For Our Country,” a prayer by Reverend George Lyman Locke
  • “The Visible Invisible,” an excerpt from Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel
  • “The Precept of Courtesy” by Samuel Johnson
  • “Fall from Grace” from a sermon by the Archbishop of Westminster
  • “Thinking the Trinity” from a sermon by Austin Ferrar
  • “A Royal and Priestly Nation” by Alcuin
  • “Summer Vacation” by the Provost of the Brompton (London) Oratory


  • “The Most Necessary of All Devotions,” an article from the The Oratory Magazine, the church paper of The Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “What Is an Apology?” explained by Fr Bradford and exemplified by the following two articles
  • “What the Soul Is in a Body …” from The Epistle to Diognetus, the work of a Christian disciple, variously dated AD 130 to the end of the second Century
  • “Constantly Reminding One Another of These Things” by St Justin Martyr (100-165), an early Christian apologist and the best known of the second-Century Church Fathers
  • “State Programs Open to All Citizens?,” an article by Father Bradford, citing The New York Times and “Washington Insider” by William L. Saunders, a regular feature in The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly
  • “Cause for Celebration” by Fr Charles J. Higgins from “The Pastor’s Note” in the church paper of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton
  • “Nationhood as a Gift from God,” an excerpt by Alexander Solzhenitsyn from Leopold Labedz’s Solzhenitysn: a Documentary
  • “Christian Living,” an excerpt from Practical Piety by Hannah More, an evangelical Anglican, educator, and social reformer
  • “Suffering and Passion Shared by Mary,” a sermon preached by Fr Bradford


  • “The Window in the Wall,” sermon preached by Fr Bradford on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
  • “Finding Room in God Forever,” an excerpt from a sermon by His Holiness Benedict XVI
  • “The Church a Living Whole,” an article by The Provost in The Oratory Parish Magazine, a publication of the Brampton (London) Oratory
  • “His Son and Hers,” an excerpt by Fr Henry James Coleridge from The Seven Words of Mary: Derived from St Bernardine of Siena
  • “An Amazing Sacrifice,” an excerpt from a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus a Doctor of the Church
  • “Serving the State’s Agenda,” from an article in The Catholic Herald by David Warren, a writer and journalist based in Toronto
  • “Hell Is Church Doctrine,” in response to the reporting of Pope Francis denying the existence of hell, The Boston Herald sought parishioner Peter Kreeft’s opinion on the subject
  • “Patriotism: A Moral Obligation,” an article in the “From the Pastor” column of the Newsletter of St Athanasius Parish, Reading, Mass.; Fr Darin Colarusso is the Pastor