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Pay, convert or flee: the dilemma of Christian communities

Below is an article from Agenzia Fides written by Mauro Armanino.  It describes the situation in Niger where SMA Fathers have worked.  It happens about...

SMA International News – May 2024

Welcome to the May edition of SMA International News.  This month our news story comes from Accra, Ghana.  In 2022, amidst a world cautiously emerging...

SMA Ordinations – 12 April 2024

Today the 12th of April six young SMA's have been ordained at the Church of Sts John and Sylvia in the Diocese of Ngong...

SMA International News – April 2024

Welcome to SMA International News For the Month of April. In this edition we are happy to feature the work of the SMA in the District...

SMA International News – March 2024

Welcome to the SMA International News for March 2024.  This month our news bulletin is shorter than usual and concerns three events associated with...

SMA International News – February 2024

Welcome to the SMA International News for February 2024.  As usual we have three reports from SMA's and OLA's around the world.  1 – From...

SMA International News – January 2024

Welcome to the first Bulletin of the SMA International News for 2024.  Our thanks to all who have contributed to making these over the...

Christmas is the night of joy and liberation from slavery: missionaries urge the faithful...

"Instead of working only on setting up the physical nativity scene, we insisted on building the interior nativity scene, the nativity scene of our...

SMA International News – December 23

Welcome to the final edition of the SMA International News for 2023.  We round of this year with reports from:  Zambia - we preview the...

Respect for Mother Earth and harmony between peoples in the life of a missionary

You can see many two-story fortified houses scattered in the meadows, in the forests, and on the hills of Benin Republic and Togo. This...

SMA International News – November 23

Welcome to the SMA International News Bulletin for or the Month of November.  In this edition we have stories from:  ROME - Where we hear of...

Moving tribute from a new bishop to his father

Bishop-elect Gerald Mamman Musa, the first Hausa-speaking Nigerian to be appointed bishop in Nigeria, thanks his late catechist-father for instilling in him a passion...

Peace is not made with weapons – Fr Luigi Maccalli SMA

While in captivity I understood that peace is not made with weapons "I am very saddened by what I hear and see in the...

Billiri Parish – helping ourselves and help from our friends

Billiri Mission, called St Andrew's Parish in Bauchi State, Nigeria was founded by SMA’s in 1953.  It was the first parish established in an...

SMA International News – October 23

Welcome to the October edition of SMA International News.  This month we hear from   Côte d’Ivoire -  we hear of a spiritual and cultural experience...

SMA International News – September 2023

Welcome to this edition of SMA International News for the Month of September.  This month we have stories from: Rome: We hear about the Doctoral...

SMA International News – August 2023

Welcome to the August edition of the SMA International News.  This month’s bulletin features stories from:  ROME: We hear about a visit of OLA Sisters to...

SMA Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Opening its Doors to African and Asian Students...

In 1952 a decision was made by the SMA to admit African candidates to the Society. However, due to the fact that there were...

SMA International News – July 2023

Welcome to this edition of SMA International News For the Month of JULY.  In this edition we have stories from:  LYON and we have a report from...

Gold and Silver Jubilees of SMA’s Celebrated in Tanzania

At the end of April 2023, one Golden and three Silver Jubilees were celebrated at the SMA District House in Mwanza, Tanzania,  The event...

SMA International News – June 2023

Welcome to the June edition of the International News.  This month we have stories from Spain, Lyon, France and from Rome, Italy. First we go...

SMA GHANA – A Glance at the Pastoral Dimension of Our Life and...

After the resurrection, Christ commissioned his disciples in these words: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father...

AFRICA/GHANA – Interreligious dialogue, education, evangelization in the Kingdom of Ashanti

Below is an article published in the Agenzia Fides Newsletter of 11.05.23 concerning the work of the SMA in the Kingdom of Ashanti in...

SMA International News – May 2023

Welcome to this month's SMA International News.  In this bulletin we have reports from: Ivory Coast: a report from the 2023 MISAL - the international...

Thank you for a job well done

In Parishes all around the world Easter, and the weeks leading up to it were busy preparing and organizing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday...

SMA International News – April 2023

Welcome to the April edition of the SMA International News. In this Bulletin we have reports from: Liberia: Where we join an annual pilgrimage in...

Mission is an adventure worth living – Father Giovanni Benetti SMA

Below is an article published by Agenzia Fides about an Italian SMA living and working in the  Brésillac' Centre - the SMA House of...

SMA International News – March 2023

Welcome to the SMA International News for the month of March. This month we have news reports from, Italy, Cote d'Ivoire and Benin Republic.  From...

SMA International News – February 2023

Welcome to the February edition of the SMA International News. This month we have stories from, Togo, Ghana, Ireland and a report about the...

Nigerian politicians accused, following priest’s burning to death

In an interview with FIDES - the Vatican News Agency - Bishop Luka Sylvester Gopep, Auxiliary bishop of Minna diocese, Nigeria, spoke of the...

SMA International News – January 2023

Welcome to the first edition of the SMA International News of 2023.  This month we have stories from Tanzania, Ireland and Nigeria.  From Ireland we...

SMA International News – December 2022

Welcome to the December Bulletin of the SMA International News.  This month we have stories from France, Benin Republic and Canada.  We hear from France,...

SMA International News – November 2022

Welcome to the November  bulletin of the SMA International News.  This month we have stories from France, Togo and Zambia.  We hear from Lyons, about...

SMA International News – October 2022

Welcome to the October bulletin of the SMA International News.  This month we have stories from Burkina Faso, Ireland and Benin Republic.  We hear a...

SMA International News – September 2022

Welcome to the September bulletin of the SMA International News.  This month we have stories from, Ireland, Ivory coast and Zambia. We hear about the...

Blind Children Living with Dignity and Freedom in Niger Republic

"Our appeal was followed by all, the children and young people and their families", Fr Raphael Casamayor SMA told FIDES about the recent initiatives...

SHALOM Empowerment Center addresses violence against women and children

The Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR) is based in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. Founded in 2009 by SMA Father Padraig Devine,...

SMA International News – August 2022

Welcome to the August edition of the SMA International News which brings reports from:  Italy: from where we hear about the collaboration between the SMA...

SMA International News – July 2022

Welcome to the July edition of the SMA International News which brings news from:  Rome: We hear about the Plenary Council that took place early...
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Nigerian Bishop sets the record straight for President Higgins

On Pentecost Sunday last, the Catholic community of Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria were brutally attacked and many killed and injured. Newspapers were quick to...

St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, makes a difference

The Peregrini (Pilgrims) Movement from St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, Co Peregrini is from the Latin for pilgrim, which refers to going on pilgrimage to move...

SMA International News – June 2022

Welcome to the June edition of the SMA International News which brings news from: Zambia:   We hear about celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of...

A Letter from Poland – THANK YOU

Prowincja Polska Stowarzyszenie Misji Afrykańskich  Borzęcin Duży, POLSKA Dear Superiors of the various units of the Society of African Missions, dear parish priests of SMA parishes...

SMA International News – May 2022

Welcome to the May edition of the SMA International News which brings news from: Ireland: where the parishioners of the SMA parish of Wilton, seeing what...

African Catholic leader says Church needs to better tap into the qualities of women

Marie-Laure Abotcha-Boni, is a member of the National Contact team for the Synodal process in Côte d'Ivoire. In an interview with La Croix Africa,...

The salvation of Africa and its children comes from African women

“The salvation of Africa and its children comes from African women who remain faithful to their mission as guardians of life and the family:...
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Memory of Catholic Africa

"We will never stop praising the work of catechists in Africa", writes SMA Father Basil Soyoye, from Nigeria, regarding the 'Memory of Catholic Africa'...

Nigerian Christians dying for their faith

Open Doors International, a non-denominational organization that assists persecuted Christians around the globe, has issued an annual report in which it claims a record...

The vital role of Catechists in the Church

Last May, Pope Francis established the ministry of catechists (Antiquum ministerium). Fr Walter Maccalli SMA, who has served as a missionary in the Ivory...

The challenge of a new mission… the support of a joyful and active laity,...

In many countries of the African continent young people have few prospects and life is precarious. In Foya, in a remote corner of Liberia,...

Another Catholic church in northern Nigeria burned and destroyed

The Vatican News Agency – FIDES – is reporting the destruction of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Kikwari, Kajuru County in the Archdiocese...

Covid-19: challenge and opportunity – Pope Francis

Let us Dream – The Path to a Better Future  (Pope Francis’s Vision for a Post-Pandemic World) Let us Dream is Pope Francis’ latest publication. Written...

Police brutality: Archbishop of Lagos calls for clarification

AFRICA/NIGERIA -s (Agenzia Fides) "Recently there have been reports and videos documenting that members of the Nigerian police, in particular SARS operatives, have been...

In a democracy, political leaders must reflect the diversity of the Country

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - "I think even the most optimistic Nigerian must conceive that we are nowhere near coming to define the real sense...
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I have never been as unsure of Nigeria’s future as I am now

After Independence, in order to build a great nation, each country went to work. But in Nigeria, after Independence, our people went to pray...
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2nd anniversary of Fr Maccalli’s abduction

Today, 17 September 2020, we are particularly mindful of our kidnapped SMA brother, Fr Pierluigi Maccalli who was taken from his Mission in...

Dark Clouds of Violence over Our Land

A Statement from the Catholic Bishops of Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province, Nigeria,  on the incessant killings in the Province The dark clouds of violence have enveloped our...

There is still a lot of fear, but finally our churches have reopened

Fr Matteo Revelli, a member of the Italian Province of the SMA, has worked for more than 20 years in Morocco, a predominantly Muslim...

Angola: the post-Covid recovery, still a fragile path

In a report sent to FIDES, the News Agency of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Fr Renzo Adorni SMA, wrote that...

Plenary Council 2017 – Nairobi, Kenya – Opening Address

The SMA Plenary Council is an annual meeting to evaluate the ongoing mission of the Society and plan for the future. It gathers together...

Prophesy or Prejudice? The plight of Nigeria’s Christians

A Foretaste of the Future? “And of course as London, Paris, Moscow and an ever-increasing number of cities around the world are finding out, this...

“CARITAS ET AMOR …in the footsteps of love”

Journalist, writer and RTE presenter, Rowan Hand, has produced a 436-page tome that is at once a personal memoir and a eulogy to the...

Zambia stands on the edge

“Our country is now all, except in designation, a dictatorship and if it is not yet, then we are not far from it. Our...
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SMA Leadership and Structures

The supreme governing body in the Society of African Missions is the General Assembly.  It is made up of ex-officio members and elected members...

The ‘Yahoo boys’ – Nigeria’s undergraduate conmen

A recent article by Oludayo Tade, a lecturer of criminology, deviance and social problems at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, offers a disturbing, yet...

Nigeria’s deadly battle for land: Herdsmen v farmers

The BBC reports on the growing tension between Fulani herdsmen and Nigerian farmers in which hundreds have died during 2016. Herdsmen and farmers appear to...

Nigerian Bishop speaks out against Boko Haram

On 27 May 2016, CNS of Nigeria reported disturbing concerns expressed by the Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Rt Rev Joseph Bagobiri , at...

Fulani militants target Christians in Nigeria

The Al Jazeera TV network has reported on the growing concerns amongst farmers and the Christian community in central and southern Nigeria over the...

Boko Haram Kills women and children at funeral

SMA Missionaries continue to alert us to the ongoing persecution of Christians in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. At the weekend we received news of...

UN Report: 12 children per minute become refugees

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed the hope that the new figures would galvanize political leadership worldwide. “We need action, political...

Systematic attempts to eliminate Christianity in northern Nigeria

On 27 May 2016 the Catholic News Service of Nigeria reported disturbing concerns expressed by the Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Rt Rev Joseph Bagobiri...

Nigeria seeks to retrieve stolen funds

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged the World Bank to do all in its power to facilitate the speedy return of Nigeria's stolen...

Church torched by Fulani herdsmen

Despite the undoubted threat which Boko Haram poses to Nigeria there are also other conflicts ongoing in Africa's largest nation . Since the beginning...

The suffering of displaced women and children

Agenzia Fides – the News Agency for the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples – is reporting from Abuja, Nigeria, that over recent...

Ten Years Ago in Kontagora…

... a Reflection on the Events of  the night  of  23rd/24th February 2006It’s incredible that ten years have already elapsed since the dramatic events...

SMA present in Egypt since 1877

The SMA has been present in Egypt since 1877 and at Choubra, in the suburbs of Cairo, where they originally opened a seminary, since...

The origin of the SMA in Egypt

In 1877, just over twenty years after the foundation of the Society, the SMA Co-founder - Fr Augustin Planque - was in Rome listening...

Muslim population in CAR held hostage by jihadists

FIDES REPORT: According to Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia SMA of Bossangoa the Muslim population of "Km 5" in Bangui is taken hostage by jihadist members...
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Egypt… a ray of hope

The presence of SMA missionaries in Egypt goes back to the earliest years of our Society. Eighteen years after the foundation of the Society...
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Fr Porcellato elected as Vicar General

Delegates to the 20th SMA General Assembly, meeting in Rome, elected Fr Antonio Porcellato as Vicar General of the Society, to assist the recently-elected Superior...

Eight Report – 29 April 2013

Bethany, A place of rest and meeting After a Sunday of rest with good weather in the spring sunshine, the delegates of the 20th...

Sixth Report XX SMA General Assembly

Our ministry is a gift from God This Friday, 26 April 2013, the 18th day of the SMA General Assembly, we continued the reflections...

Fifth Report XX SMA General Assembly

25 April 2013 – Italian Liberation Day No report was sent for Wednesday, 24 April. On 25th, Thursday, we sent you the Newsletter...
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Corkman elected to lead SMA worldwide

Delegates attending the XX SMA General Assembly in Rome have elected Fr. Fachtna O'Driscoll to lead the Society as Superior General for the coming six...

Fourth Report XX SMA General Assembly

17 April 2013 – 9th day of the XX SMA General Assembly Meeting with San Egidio community We continued our reflection on mission in...
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Cause of the Founder – XX SMA General Assembly Report

Father Bruno Semplicio SMA, Postulator, presented his Report to the General Assembly on the Cause for the canonization of our Founder, Bishop Melchior de...

Second Report XX General Assembly

We began the second day of the General Assembly (GA) with Morning Prayer of the Church. It was a day for Reports:...
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Plenary Council 2011 Closing homily

Our Journey towards GA 2013 With the end of PC 2011, the journey towards GA 2013 has begun for the world Society. As we...
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Plenary Council 2011 Concluding Address

Fr Jean-Marie Guillaume SMA brought the 2011 Plenary Council to a close on Wednesday, 8 June with the following Address: We have arrived at...
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Plenary Council 2011

Plenary Council 2011       The SMA Plenary Council brings together the Superiors of the various units of the Society of African...

Plenary Council 2011 Opening Mass

31st May, the visitation of Mary - Opening Mass of the SMA Plenary Council. In the actual language of Missiology we find the expression "God’s mission"...

Plenary Council

The SMA Plenary Council, which meets once a year, brings together Society leaders from throughout the world. Ex-officio members of the Council are the...

Jubilee Celebrations

The Society of African Missions Jubilee 1856 - 2006 SMA Irish Provincial Team - 2006 Events: The official...

SMA General Council : 2007 – 2013

     From left: Fr Thomas Wright (General Councillor), Fr Kieran O'Reilly (Superior General) with Fr Paul...

SMA – How We Live

Internationality The SMA is and international group organized into Provinces, Districts and Delegations throughout the world and maintains its unity by means of a central...

SMA Founder

The founder of the SMA, Melchior de Marion Brésillac was born in Castelnaudary in the south of France, on 2 December 1813, into a...

Our Founder Today, No 12, 2012

THE CHALLENGE OF “APOSTOLIC SIMPLICITY” No 12, February 2012 Bishop deBrésillac was a missionary in India for twelve years in an area where the...

Cause of the SMA Founder 2011

THE CAUSE FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF OUR FOUNDER The involvement of all SMA members   Dear confrere, For a number of years now the Cause of the...

Our Founder today, no 10 – 2011

Mission as fidelity Fr Giuseppe Brusegan SMA, a member of the Italian Province, is rightly recognised as a man well-versed in the writings and...
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Gulf of Guinea District-in-formation A brief history The SMA was founded by Bishop de Brésillac on 8 December 1856 in Lyons, France. The Society had a...
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Our Founder Today No 9 2011

OUR FOUNDER TODAY THE CONVERTING WORD OF GOD SMA Father Rémi F Kouassi (from Ivory Coast) shares with us some thoughts on the...

Italian SMA witnesses to events in Cairo

Italian SMA witnesses to events in Cairo Fr Renzo Mandirola SMA is a former Provincial of the SMA Italian Province. He also served on the...
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Resignation of SMA Superior General

Resignation of SMA Superior General Following the appointment of Fr Kieran O’Reilly SMA, by Pope Benedict XVI, as the Bishop of the Diocese of...
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Bight of Benin District-in-formation 2010

In 1983 the Society of African Missions (SMA) decided the time was right to widen its membership base. From its foundation in 1856 SMA priests...

Our Founder Today – 7

Having the "Spirit of our state" Melchior de Brésillac was a priest for only a few months when he was curate of St Michel...
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Melchior de Marion Bresillac & the SMA

The SMA General Council has produced a further book on the SMA Founder, Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac, in order to make this...

Founder no 6 March 2010

OUR FOUNDER TODAY                                                                                                                               No. 6   March 2010 IN SEARCH OF JESUS BY TAKING UP ONE’S CROSS In joining the SMA I believed, like all...

Founder of SMA

Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac The founder of the SMA, Melchior de Marion Brésillac was born in Castelnaudary in the south of France, on...
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Cause of the Founder

Melchior De Marion Brésillac (1813-1859) - Founder of the SMA A life totally consecrated to the Missions 2...