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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.

163rd Anniversary of SMA foundation

As the numbers of SMAs in Europe decline we are blessed with the growth of SMA vocations in Africa, India and Philippines. This year...

During ‘Week of Witness’ we remember two OLA Beatified Martyrs

"It was the people themselves who asked for Sisters. Now they're asking us to stay...  I have great confidence in Our Lady of Africa... I...

Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday

  Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday, encouraging prayers, cooperation and help for missions as well as reminding Christians about the fundamental missionary...

Address of Pope Francis to members of SMA 21st General Assembly

  I encourage you to persevere, with renewed enthusiasm and dynamism, on the path travelled by the Society of African Missions and which has produced...

OLA-SMA Collaboration: Future Orientations – by Sr. Kathleen McGarvey OLA

"My role here today is not to talk about the past relationship between SMA and OLA so much as to look to the future....

“It’s been a great life” – eulogy to Fr. Johnie Haverty by his friend,...

Some weeks ago when Johnie Haverty gave me a copy of a book of his life as a missionary he had just completed, he...

Farewell Homily for the late Fr. Johnie Haverty SMA by Fr. Maurice Henry SMA,...

"I would like my mission career to define me. This is me. For this I came. The first 25 years of my life in...

Fr. Johnie HAVERTY, SMA, RIP

The Society of African Missions are mourning the death of Fr Johnie HAVERTY SMA, who died peacefully on 8 July 2019, at the African...