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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.

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...

Continuing Fidelity to our Mission – Homily for retired SMA Members – Fr. Michael...

The most active missionary of all time, St Paul, never saw his mission solely or even primarily in terms of activity. Witness and Prayer...

Fr Michael Brady SMA (RIP)

The Society of African Missions and the Brady family are mourning the death of Fr Michael Brady SMA which took place in the Bon...

FAKE NEWS: Sean Healy SMA – CEO Social Justice Ireland, speaks out

"... the need for reliable information, accurately researched and presented has never been more important..." - Fr Sean Healy SMA Editor's Note: Fr. Sean Healy SMA...

What kind of relationship between the Church and politics in Africa?

Editor's Note: Often when the Church addresses issues affecting the lives of the poorest of the poor they are accused by those in power...

SMA support the care and reintegration of the mentally ill in the Benin Republic.

"We must change the way we look at people Who are fragile Because all this is about humanity" - Grégoire Ahongbonon Editor's Note: Across the world there are...