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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 Jennings SMA [RIP]

Fr Patrick Jennings died peacefully in St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork early on Palm Sunday morning, 5 April 2020....

Fr James O’Hea SMA [RIP] – HOMILY

Fr James O’Hea was laid to rest in a private Funeral at the SMA cemetery in St Joseph’s parish, Wilton, Cork, on Thursday, 19...

Fr John McCormack SMA (RIP)

Fr John McCormack SMA passed to his eternal reward at 10.45pm on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, in St Theresa’s Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road,...

Fr James [Jim] O’Hea SMA [RIP] – Homily

Fr James O’Hea SMA died in the SMA House, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork on 17 March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Fr James [Jim] O’Hea, SMA [RIP]

Fr James O’Hea SMA passed to his eternal reward at 9.30pm on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2020, in St Theresa’s Unit, African...

Fr Michael Morgan-Evans SMA – Obituary

Michael Christopher Morgan-Evans, second son of Dr George and Catherine , was born in Putney. London on 8 July 1931. He died in the...

Fr Michael Morgan-Evans SMA [RIP]

Fr Michael Christopher Morgan-Evans SMA passed to his eternal reward at 9.50pm, Saturday, 22nd February 2020. He died in the SMA House, African Missions,...

Homily at the Funeral Mass of Father Terry Gunn SMA

Fr Terry Gunn died peacefully on 10 February 2020 in the Cork University Hospital. He was 84 years old. He was ordained in 1960...