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The Society of African Missions is an international community of Catholic missionaries who serve the people of Africa and people of African descent around the world. SMA stands for our official name: Society of African Missions. People often ask, then why SMA and not SAM? The initials refer to the name in Latin: Societas Missionum ad Afros.
SMA was founded at Lyons (France) in 1856 by Mgr Melchior de Marion Brésillac. We celebrated 150 years in 2006.
Where we come fromThe 944 members of the Society come from Africa, America, Asia and Europe and work in a number of African countries as well as Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.
The SMA members from Africa and Asia are our more recent foundations.

African members come from Benin, Central Africa, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia.

Asian members come from India and the Philippines.

American members come from Argentina, Canada and the USA.

European members come from Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

The Society welcomes all who agree to work for its aim and accept the style of life it proposes. The Society is organized into Provinces, Districts and Foundations, with a central administration based in Rome... more...
See below for further articles on the Society of African Missions and their work.

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Funeral ceremonies and homily for the late Fr John Travers SMA

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Fr John Travers SMA

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Cork and SMA Nostalgia: How we sported ’n played

"... there was something innately good about Derry Cremen... His simple ways taught us honesty and integrity: that you don’t take shortcuts or cheat. Above...

Fr Frank Meehan SMA – Obituary

The death of Fr Frank Meehan SMA took place at Marymount Hospice, Cork at 11.15am on Friday, 18 August 2017. Fr Frank had been...

Fr Frank Meehan SMA – funeral homily

Fr Malachy Flanagan, SMA Vice Provincial Superior, was the Principal celebrant and homilist at the Funeral Mass for Fr Frank Meehan at St Michael’s...

Fr Frank Meehan SMA (RIP)

The death took place at 11.15am, Saturday, 18 August 2017, of Fr Francis (Frank) Meehan SMA. Fr Frank died in the Marymount Hospice, Cork...

Homily for the Funeral Mass Fr Vincent Glennon SMA – 28 June 2017

Fr Michael McCabe, SMA Provincial Leader, was the Principal Celebrant at the Funeral Mass for the late Fr Vincent Glennon SMA which took place...

Fr Vincent Glennon SMA – Obituary

Fr Vincent Glennon, an SMA missionary in Ghana since 1973, died peacefully in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, on Sunday afternoon, 25 June 2017. Fr...