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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 for the Funeral Mass of Fr Eamon (Edward) Kelly SMA – 4th December...

Fr Michael McCabe, SMA Provincial Leader, preached at the Funeral Mass for Fr Eamon Kelly at St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, Cork. Fifty-two other...

Fr Eamon Kelly SMA

Fr Eamon Kelly SMA died peacefully on Thursday, 29 November 2018, in St Theresa's Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. Though enduring ill health for...

Fr Cornelius (Con) O’Leary SMA – Funeral homily

Fr Con O’Leary died on Sunday evening, 26 August 2018 in the Marymonut Hospice, Cork. Fr Michael McCabe, the SMA Provincial Leader preached the...

Fr Cornelius O’Leary SMA

The death took place at 6pm on Sunday, 26 August 2018, of Fr Cornelius (Con) O'Leary SMA. Fr Con died peacefully at the Marymount...

Clericalism is killing the Catholic Church — even in Africa

'We need to recognize that at this time in our history, we have failed as pastors' - Donald Zagoré SMA, Ivory Coast We need to...

Our Founder Today, June 2018 – Courage for the Missions

As we are reflecting upon appreciative discernment, let us recognize the missionary courage found in our confreres and help each other to fan the...

Ireland’s first missionary journey – Celebrating St. Colmcille – 9 June

June 9th is the feast day of St Colmcille, also known as St. Columba, who is Ireland's first indigenous missionary. Born in Gartan, Co....

38th Annual SMA Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock

"Let us pray that the gathering of families, from the five continents, will bring us renewed courage and many blessings; and that Pope Francis...