About SMA

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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.

Pope Francis advances the Cause of the SMA Founder

Fr Bruno Semplicio SMA was, for many years, the priest responsible for promoting the Cause for the Canonization of our Founder, Bishop Melchior de...

African Missionary No 35 Spring Summer 2020

SMA newsletter #35 May 2020

SMA Founder moves closer to Canonisation

A life totally consecrated to the Missions On Tuesday, 26 May 2020, Pope Francis approved the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Melchior Maria...

Fr Seán Kilbane SMA [RIP] – Funeral homily

Fr Seán Kilbane died on Good Shepherd Sunday, 3 May 2020, in the Cork University Hospital. His Funeral Mass and Burial took place on...

Fr Seán Kilbane SMA [RIP]

Fr Seán Kilbane SMA died unexpectedly at the Cork University Hospital on Sunday afternoon, 3 May 2020. He celebrated his 88th birthday on 7...

Fr John Clancy SMA [RIP] – Funeral homily

Fr John Clancy died peacefully on Saturday evening, 18 April 2020, in St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. He was laid...

Introduction to the Funeral Mass for Fr John Clancy SMA

Kindly be seated for a few moments as I want to share with you some words of introduction. I am Fr Malachy Flanagan, the Provincial...

Fr Brendan Dunning SMA [RIP]

The Society of African Missions are mourning the unexpected death of Fr Brendan Dunning SMA, which took place in Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford...