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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.

Happy 80th Birthday Fr. Fintan Daly SMA

On February 16, 2018, Fr Fintan Daly celebrated his 80th birthday at St. Leo's parish, Challenge, Ibadan, Nigeria. A measure of the esteem with which...

Br Tom Fitzgerald SMA – Obituary

“Schools, churches, dispensaries, Ago Ireti Leprosarium… some of the many structures you built with skill and mastery both of the local customs, geographical condition...

Br Tom Fitzgerald SMA – funeral homily

Brother Tom Fitzgerald SMA was laid to rest in the SMA Community cemetery adjacent to St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, Cork on Saturday, 3 February...

Brother Tom Fitzgerald SMA

The Society of African Missions is mourning the death of its most senior Brother, Br Tom Fitzgerald SMA. He was in his 100th...

Christmas Greetings from SMA Superior General, Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was made flesh, he lived...

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...