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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.

An early photograph of Fr Augustine Planque SMA

Fr Augustin Planque

FR AUGUSTIN PLANQUE - (1826 -1907) Background and Early Life Augustin Planque was born on 25 July 1826 at Chemy in northern France and grew up...

Fr Steven Kyne (1872 – 1947)

Born on 31 December 1872 at Togher, Hollymount, Co Mayo, in the Archdiocese of Tuam.Died at St. Joseph's College, Wilton, Cork, on 30 January...
Fr John Hannon SMA 1939-2004

Fr John Hannon SMA

Funeral The funeral of Fr Hannon took place on Friday 3 December at St Barnabas' Church, Matasia. More than 3,000 people - bishops, priests,...

Obituaries 2005-2008

Deceased members of the Irish Province of the Society of African MissionsEach member of the Society of African Missions makes his own contribution to...

Early History

The Beginnings of the Society of African Missions (SMA) Invitation to Found a Missionary Society In February 1856, Cardinal Alessandro Barnabo, the Secretary of...

Fr Joseph Zimmerman (1849 – 1921)

  Joseph Zimmermann was born in Weggis, in the canton of Lucerne and the diocese of Basel, Switzerland, on 29 April 1849. The second oldest...

SMA History – Irish Province

1856: The SMA was founded by Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac on 8 December 1856. 1858: Less than two years later, on 4 November...