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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.

Fr Patrick (Paddy) Mackle SMA R.I.P

The Society of African Missions are mourning the death of Fr Paddy Mackle who died peacefully on 13 June 2019, in his niece, Maura...

Election of the SMA Superior General – Report, Fr Martin Kavanagh SMA

On Saturday, 11 May 2019, after a period of silence and Reflection (since Friday afternoon) the ex-officio members and elected delegates to the 21st...

HOMILY at the Funeral Mass of Fr Willie Cusack SMA, by Fr Malachy Flanagan...

We are gathered here today to say farewell to our dear brother priest, a brother, an uncle and friend, Fr Willie Cusack whom God...

21st SMA General Assembly, Rome – Opening Address by Fr. Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, Superior...

The 21st General Assembly opened in Rome this Tuesday, April 30. The previous day, each delegate introduced himself/herself with a symbolic object. Many small...

Fr William (Willie) Cusack SMA (RIP)

The Society of African Missions and the Cusack family are mourning the death of Fr William (Willie) Cusack SMA which took place in the...

Homily Given at the Funeral Service for Fr Alberto Olivoni SMA

19 April 2019 – Good Friday Introduction We gather on this Good Friday – when we commemorate the death of our Saviour - to bid farewell...

Fr (Doctor) Alberto Olivoni SMA

The death has taken place of Fr (Doctor) Alberto Olivoni SMA. Fr Olivoni died in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, on Wednesday evening. His...

Homily at the Funeral Mass for Michael Brady SMA

"Michael always worked in what we call areas of primary evangelization. In those areas you plant seeds. Somebody else may see the fruit. Michael...