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.

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...

Fr Dan O’Brien SMA [RIP]

Fr Dan O’Brien SMA died in the Cork University Hospital on 7 April 2020. A native of Cork City, Fr Dan was a missionary...

Fr Dan O’Brien SMA [RIP] – Funeral Homily

Fr Malachy Flanagan, SMA Provincial Leader, celebrated the Funeral Mass for the late Fr Dan O’Brien in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, Cork, on...

Fr Patrick Jennings SMA – Funeral homily

Fr Patrick Jennings SMA, the oldest member of the Irish Province, died peacefully on Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020. His Funeral Mass took place...

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....