Parish Paper


Fr. Richard Bradford and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius have published Contra Mundum monthly since 1998 to provide religious instruction and news of the congregation. The name of the paper comes from the Latin phrase “Athanasius contra mundum,Athanasius against the world. Originally the Arian Emperor Constantius attempted to browbeat Pope Liberius into excommunicating the Bishop of Alexandria (Who are you to stand up for Athanasius against the world?). The phrase subsequently became attached to the man himself, who spent 17 years in 5 different exiles ordered by 4 Emperors, all because he would not cease teaching orthodox Catholicism in the face of heresy.

Every issue of Contra Mundum includes articles and sermons by Fr. Bradford, articles and other writings by noted authors, news and notes for the congregation and announcements of upcoming events; Stephen Cavanaugh serves as editor. Parishioners as well as many outside the congregation subscribe; you can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to

This year’s issues are available on our sister congregation’s website here and the online archives are here.