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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.

Letter from Fr Michael McCabe SMA, Provincial Leader

Children First Act - Mandated Persons Dear member I am forwarding this very important letter and schedule from Children First to all clerics, pastoral care workers...

Founders Day: Youth and education, the legacy of Bishop de Brésillac

"We have the task of helping young men and women of Africa receive good training, well-grounded in God for a purposeful life." Next year the...

The SMA Missionary Family – Working for Africa in Ireland

In August 2018, the World Meeting of Families takes place in Ireland, a location apparently favoured in part by the rich missionary tradition of...

Miles for Mission – October – Mission Month

Miles for Mission is a wonderful initiative aimed at creating missionary togetherness! October is Mission Month and World Missions Ireland (the Pope’s official charity for...

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA – Homily – RTE Mission Sunday Mass

On Mission Sunday, 22nd October 2017, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA was invited to be the chief concelebrant for the RTE mass, broadcast live throughout...

Mission Sunday – Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA – RTÉ televised Mass –

Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA will be the chief celebrant during the RTE televised Mass on Sunday, 22nd October 2017, to mark Mission Sunday. Kieran is...
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Funeral ceremonies and homily for the late Fr John Travers SMA

"Many people shared stories of extraordinary acts of kindness which Fr Travers had done for them. It was heartening to hear such stories, some...

Fr John Travers SMA

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Fr John TRAVERS SMA. Fr John, a native of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, spent the...