SMA Leadership Structures

The overall governance of the Society of African Missions is the General Assembly.  It is made up of ex-officio members and elected members representative of the various units of the SMA.  The Assembly meets every six years. It last met in April – May 2007.

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Thanksgiving Mass after the re-election of Fr Kieran O’Reilly (from Cork) as SMA Superior General, May 2007.

The Society of African Missions is structered into various Units:
    Provinces
    Districts
    Districts-in-formation (DF)
    Regions (all in Africa)

An SMA General Council, based in Rome, is made up of the Superior General, the Vicar General and General Councillors.  It is elected by the General Assembly every 6 years to guide the overall administration of the Society. http://www.smainternational.info

Provinces
Lyons (France)   http://www.missions-africaines.org
Ireland                  http://www.sma.ie/
Holland                http://www.sma-nederland.nl
USA                       http://www.smafathers.org/
Britain                   http://www.sma-gb.org/ 
Italy                        http://www.missioni-africane.org/

Each Province is under the authority of the Provincial Superior. He is assisted by a Council made up of a Vice-Provincial and a determined number of Councillors. The Provincial Superior and the Provincial Council are elected at the Provincial Assembly after consultation with all the members of the Province.

Provincial Assembly
A Provincial Assembly is held held every six years to review the work of the Province and determine its policy for the coming six years. Periodically during the intervening years the Provincial Superior convokes an Extraordinary Provincial Council made up of the Provincial Council and other authorities in the Province.

Districts
Strasbourg (France)    http://strasbourg.missionsafricaines.org/
Spain                               http://www.misionesafricanas.org
Canada                           smaquebec@hotmail.com

Each District is under the authority of the District Superior. He is assisted by a Council made up of a Vice-Superior and a Councillor all of who are appointed by the Superior General after consultation with the members of the District.

Districts-in-formation (DF)
There are six Districts-in-formation in the SMA
Africa   for more information see here
Bight of Benin           http://www.smabbenin.org
Great Lakes              http://
Gulf of Guinea           http://

India                           http://www.smaindia.org
The Philippines          http://showcase.eyp.ph/smaphilippines
Poland                        http://www.misjeafrykanskie.opoka.net.pl

Each District-in-formation is under the authority the Superior General who appoints a District Superior and a Council after consultation with the members of the District-in-formation. At present the Superior and Vice-Superior are members of the DF. The Councillors are the Superiors of the Regions where the DF is based.

Regions:
A Region is a group of SMA communities, members and associates, working in a specific geographical area in Africa. 

There are 11 Regions:
Benin-Niger; Central African Republic; Ghana; Ivory Coast; Kenya; Nigeria North and Nigeria South; South Africa; Tanzania; Togo and Zambia.

Each Region is under the authority of the Regional Superior who is elected by the members in the Region for a three-year term.  He is assisted by a Regional Council, representing the different units working in the Region.

There are also SMA priests working in Angola, DR Congo, Egypt, Liberia and Morocco though these are not Regions.

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