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

September:

  • “The Most Splendid Thing in the World,” an article by Fr Richard Bradford
  • “The Great Desire of Love is Toward Eternity,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Power of Prayer, Penance, and Sacrifice,” an article by the Provost from The Oratory Parish Magazine of the Brampton (London) Oratory
  • “On the Love of Christ” by St Alphonsus Ligouri, a Doctor of the Church
  • “Our Lady’s Nativitye,” a poem by St Robert Southwell, a Jesuit priest and martyr
  • “Rules To Live By,” an article about Chris Pratt by Robert Steiner
  • “How It All Began, Part II” by Father Bradford
  • “Some Things Never Change” by New York Times columnist Christopher F. Schuetze

August:

  • “Pax Tecum,” an article by the Revd Deacon Michael J. Connolly
  • “On Salvation,” excerpt from the Declaration Dominus Iesus by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger published by the CDF on August 6, 2000
  • “How Things Work in the Kingdom,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford in St Theresa of Ávila Church, August 17, 2011
  • “Trained to Detect a Person,” an article by the Revd Albert J. Byrne from the parish bulletin of The Cathedral of St Catherine of Siena, Allentown, PA
  • “Dwelling in the Loftiest Citadel of Virtue,” an excerpt from a sermon on the Blessed Virgin Mary by St Amadeus of Lausanne (1110-59)
  • “Recognizing Jesus” by St Basil (c.329-379), one of the Four Greek Doctors of the Church
  • “A Prayer” from St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Rd London
  • “From a Bible Given to World War II Servicemen,” an inscription by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States

July:

  • “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