Learn about the SMA

The Society of African Missions (SMA) is a catholic missionary society founded in 1856 by Venerable Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac.  It is an International family of Missionaries bonded together by their common response to the command of Jesus Christ to: “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation” (Mk 16: 15).

SMA’s work to build up faith communities, church structures, provide education, health care, social development and to promote justice and care for creation.  Through these means, SMAs seek to be an effective response to the missionary vocation of the Church, chiefly among Africans and people of African origin.

Our projects

The Tanga House project is run by members of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in cooperation with Polish Loreto Sisters and SMA lay missionaries.  It provides a safe home for Albino children in Tanzania – who because of their condition are often stigmatised and excluded.  They are sometimes killed or subjected to violence and mutilation due to a superstitious belief associated with witchcraft that albino body parts can bring wealth.

Events in 2024

Earth Day Event at Ardfoyle:  A collabortion between the SMA OLA Justice Offices and Cork Three Faiths Forum on April 27th.
Novena to Our Lady of Knock: ending with the Annual SMA Pilgrimage to Knock – 17th to 25th May
Facebook Live Panel Review of Traficking in Persons 2024 Report: Organised by SMA OLA Justice Offices -June/July, subject to the release of the 2024 report.
Dromantine Summer Camps:  7th July to 2nd August.
Novena in honour of St Therese of the Child Jesus: 23 September to Ist October.
5th Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice: Organised by SMA OLA Justice Offices – October 17th.

Latest News

Pope Francis’ Vision of a Synodal Church

Pope Francis’ Vision of a Synodal Church

Below is the third in a series of reflections written by Fr Micheal McCabe SMA on synodality.  Links to the previous two at given at the end of this article,  Introduction From the beginning of his...

SMA Ordinations – 12 April 2024

SMA Ordinations – 12 April 2024

Today the 12th of April six young SMA’s have been ordained at the Church of Sts John and Sylvia in the Diocese of Ngong in Kenya.  The ceremony was presided over by Most Reverend John Mbinda...

APRIL 2024 | For the role of women

APRIL 2024 | For the role of women

Pope Francis: “If we don’t respect women, our society will not progress”  In The Pope Video for April, Pope Francis lifts up his prayer “that the dignity and worth of women be recognized in every...

SMA International News – April 2024

SMA International News – April 2024

Welcome to SMA International News For the Month of April. In this edition we are happy to feature the work of the SMA in the District of Tanzania that has reached a significant stage in a major...

Ways to Support

Our Projects in Africa

The goals of building up faith communities and church structures, providing education, health care, social development and caring for our environment have been at the heart of the SMA’s missionary work.

Over the years we have supported the care of children at Tanga House, we have helped develop housing for those that were homeless, we have assisted in the building of schools and we have continued to educate Seminarians training to become SMA Missionary Priests.

Missionary Association Cards and prayers for a loved one

You can donate to the SMA by ordering one or more Missionary Association Cards.  Our cards are designed to let someone know that you have remembered them in a prayerful way.  All prayer intentions received are placed before the altar in the Community Chapel of the SMA House from where you got the Card and will be remembered in our daily prayers and Masses.

We have a number of options available for Birthdays, Sympathy, Get Well, Christmas, etc.

Events in Ireland

Each year we host a selection of events such as Summer schools and camps, climate change and biodiversity conferences and events on human trafficking and advocacy.

We also host Novenas across Ireland.

Sunday Homilies

Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter 2024

Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter 2024

Readings: Acts 3:13-15,17-19;  1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48 Theme:     ‘Love in his eyes’’  (Malcolm Guite)  Today’s gospel reading follows immediately after Luke’s dramatic account of our risen...

Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter Year B

Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter Year B

Readings: Acts 4:32-25; 1 John 1-6;  John 20:19 – 31 Theme: Touching the Wounds of Christ  When we feel anxious or threatened, our natural reaction is to withdraw to a safe place, lock the doors,...


Beginnings provides an historical account of the initiation of the SMA. It is the SMA story on the founder, choices and international expansion.

Fr. Anthony was extremely active in the Twafawne building project; a community housing initiative for women that had lost their homes.

Supporters in Ireland contribute vital funds to sponsor priests in training in Africa. You can hear about the FVC supporters and what is involved.


Each month we share videos regularly on :

  • History and occasions
  • Prayers and meditations 
  • Reflections and teachings
  • Climate change, biodiversity and human trafficking
  • Mindfulness