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Homily for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Amos 7:12-15; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6: 7-13 Theme: Called and Sent on Mission The themes of vocation and mission are highlighted in two of today...

Homily for the 14th Sunday Year B

Readings:  Ezek 2:2-5; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Theme: ‘They would not accept him’ (Mk 6:3) The theme of rejection looms large in today’s scripture readings. ...

Homily for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; 2 Cor 8:7,9,13-15; Mk 5:21-43 Theme:   The Healing Power of Jesus Today’s gospel reading from Mark reports two miracles performed by Jesus...

Homily for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Homily for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B  Readings: Job 38:1,8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 Theme:  ‘Even though he sleeps, Christ is in...

Answer to a Prayer

Setting out to complete a long-held dream to canoe around Ireland Fr Michael O’Shea made good headway until he was crossing Dundalk Bay.  Then...

Homily for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B, 2024

Readings:  Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Cor. 5:6-10; Mk 4:26-34 Theme: ‘Mustard seed things make mountains move around’ (Freddie Robinson Jr) In 1973 a German-born economist, Ernst F....

The Wreck of the California – looking back on a Missionary’s Journey during World...

This article was recently re-published in the African Missionary Magazine, No 43, Spring – summer 2024.  It is an edited version of an account...

Reflection for the Immaculate heart of Mary, 8th June – Fr Kevin O’Gorman

Six months from now we will hopefully gather to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a special day...

Homily for the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings:  Genesis 3:9-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Theme: The True Family of Jesus  From the outset conflict was part and parcel of the public life...

Reflection on Readings for Sat 1st June 2024 – Fr Kevin O’Gorman SMA

First Reading: Jude 1: 17, 20b-25 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 63: 2, 3-4, 5-6 Alleluia: Colossians 3: 16a, 17c Gospel: Mark 11: 27-33 In today’s reading from his Gospel Mark summarizes the conflict...

Homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ 2024

 Readings: Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26  Theme: ‘See what you are and become what you see’ (St Augustine)  The feast of Corpus Christi (the Body...

MASS FROM KNOCK SHRINE – marking the close of the annual SMA Novena to...

This year we celebrate the 44th National SMA Pilgrimage and Novena of Prayer to Our Lady of Knock.   The Novena ends today at 3pm...

Homily on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 2024

Readings: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20 Theme: The great Mystery that defines and enfolds us. Many of you will be familiar with the...

Homily for the Funeral of Fr Tom Harlow – Wilton May 17th 2024.

Fr Tom Harlow SMA was in failing health for the past few years.  He died peacefully in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork on 15...

Visit of Emir Sanusi of Nigeria to SMA House Blackrock Road – VIDEO

On the evening of  May 15th, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the 14th Emir of Kano, Nigeria visited SMA House Blackrock Rd. During the visit he...

Homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday 2024

Readings:  Acts 2:1-11;  1Cor 12:3-7; Jn 20: 19-23 Theme: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (Jn 20:22) Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the climax of...

Reflection for Ascension 2024

In their Gospels Luke and John adopt two very different approaches, the one narrative, the other philosophical (before theology became a title in its...

Sacred Earth: Interfaith Gathering at Ardfoyle

On Saturday 27th of April an event organised by the OLA and SMA Justice Offices in collaboration with Cork Three Faiths Forum took place...

Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension Year B, 2024

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Mark 28:16-20  Theme: ‘Proclaim the Good News to all creation’ (Mk16:15) Today, the feast of the Ascension, marks both an end...

Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter 2024

Readings:  Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1Jn 4:7-10; Jn 15: 9-17 Theme: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ (Jn 15:12)  We usually remember the last...

Reflection for Saturday – Fourth Week of Easter – 27th April 2024

Yesterday’s Gospel reading, also from John, gave us the declaration of Jesus ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life’. Today’s Gospel ends...

Homily for he 5th Sunday of Easter, Year B

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; 1 John 3:18-24 3:18-24; John 15:1-8   Theme:   ‘I am the vine, you are the branches’ (Jn 15:5) The context of today’s gospel reading...

Pope Francis’ Vision of a Synodal Church

Below is the third in a series of reflections written by Fr Micheal McCabe SMA on synodality.  Links to the previous two at given...

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter 2024 – Vocations’ Sunday

Readings:  Acts 4:8-12; 1 Jn 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Theme: ‘The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep’ (Jn 10:11) Today is the World Day...

Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter 2024

Readings: Acts 3:13-15,17-19;  1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48 Theme:     ‘Love in his eyes’’  (Malcolm Guite)  Today’s gospel reading follows immediately after Luke’s dramatic account of our...

Funeral Homily for the late Fr Valentine [Val] Hynes, SMA

Fr Val Hynes, SMA, , died peacefully on the afternoon of Friday, 15 March 2024, at St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road,...

Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter Year B

Readings: Acts 4:32-25; 1 John 1-6;  John 20:19 – 31 Theme: Touching the Wounds of Christ  When we feel anxious or threatened, our natural reaction is...

Easter Sunday 2024 – Exploring Easter as Event, Encounter, Evangelisation

It is essential to establish Easter as an event. This emerges in the Gospels themselves when details of the burial of Jesus are recounted...

Good Friday 2024

A Reflection on Good Friday by Fr Kevin O'Gorman SMA Today’s liturgy is simple, even stark. The altar is stripped, the tabernacle left open. There...

Homily for Easter Sunday 2024

Readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43;  Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9  Theme: ‘Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns’ (St Clement of Alexandria)  We are an Easter People...

Lenten Reflection – Fr Pat Kelly SMA

In this, the final video Reflection of this series, Fr Pat Kelly reflects on a Palm Sunday procession in the Holy Land that he...

Lenten Reflection – Fr Des Corrigan SMA

This Reflection in this Lenten series comes from Fr Des Corrigan SMA.    Recorded two years ago, in this reflection Fr Des gives and overview...

Homily for Palm Sunday – Year B

Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 Today, Palm or Passion Sunday, is the first day of Holy Week, the high point of the...

Fr Valentine [Val] Hynes, SMA [RIP]

Fr Val Hynes, SMA, died peacefully in the St Theresa's Nursing Unit at the SMA House, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork, Ireland on Friday...

A Short Prayer for Sunday

This is the seventh and last in a series of short prayers, one for each day of the week,  recorded by Parishioners from SMA...

A Short Prayer for Saturday

This is the sixth in a series of short prayers, one for each day of the week,  recorded by Parishioners from SMA Parish Wilton,...

A Short Prayer for Friday

This is the fifth in a series of short prayers, one for each day of the week,  recorded by Parishioners from SMA Parish Wilton,...

A Short Prayer for Thursday

This is the fourth in a series of short prayers, one for each day of the week,  recorded by Parishioners from SMA Parish Wilton,...

A Short Prayer for Wednesday

This is the third in a series of short prayers, one for each day of the week,  recorded by Parishioners from SMA Parish Wilton,...

Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA – Funeral Homily

Fr Seamus Nohilly died on Saturday, 24 February 2024, in the Mercy University Hospital, Cork City. After reposing in the SMA House, Wilton, on...

A Short Prayer for Tuesday

This is the second in a series of short prayers, one for each day of the week,  recorded by Parishioners from SMA Parish Wilton,...

Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent- Year B

Readings:  Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9;  John 12: 20-33  Theme: The Way of the Cross As we continue our Lenten journey with Christ, the human face of...

A Short Prayer for Monday

This is the first in a series of short prayers, just about thirty seconds, one each day in this week of Lent. They were...

A LENTEN REFLECTION – from Fr Gus O’Driscoll SMA

This the fourth in our series of Lenten Reflections comes from Fr Gus O Driscoll SMA.    Lent for him is a time to live...

4th Sunday of Lent 2024 – Year B

2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-21  -  Ephesians 2:4-10  -  John 3:14-21 Two of the most beautiful, heart-warming and challenging statements in the Bible are found in the...

Synodality: What’s it all About? – by Michael McCabe SMA

Introduction Just as the concept of ‘inculturation’ suddenly appeared on the horizon of ecclesial discourse about fifty years ago, so the concept of ‘synodality’ has...

A LENTEN REFLECTION – Fr Colm Nilan SMA

  This week's Reflection is from Fr Colm Nilan SMA who lives in the SMA Community in Claregalway, Ireland.  Lent is a time of preparation, of...

Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent – Year B

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Theme:  ‘A House of Prayer for all Peoples’ (Isaiah 56:7) A few days ago, I came across a...

Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA [RIP]

The members of the Society of African Missions are mourning the unexpected death of their confrere, Fr Seamus Nohilly, who died peacefully in...

Lenten Reflection – Fr John Denvir SMA

In this, the second in our series of Lenten Reflections, Fr John Denvir SMA reflects on his favourite colour - Purple.  He considers the...

DROMANTINE RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER – 2024 PROGRAMME

            Visitors to Dromantine are invariably impressed by the stunning beauty of the early 19th century house, extensive grounds, lake, colourful woodlands and pleasant walks...

A LENTEN REFLECTION – Fr Anthony Kelly SMA

Today Ash Wednesday, and also St Valentine's Day, we bring you the first in a series of reflections and short videos that will be...

Living Lent

The cornerstone of Lent is the call to conversion which commences on Ash Wednesday. Sometimes the impression is given that such conversion is change...

Homily for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Cycle B

 Readings: Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45  Theme:  ‘Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him’ (Mk 1:41) In biblical times, leprosy covered a wide...

Towards a Synodal Church in Mission

A brief look at the Synthesis Report of the First Universal Session of the Synod on Synodality by Michael McCabe SMA  Introduction The first universal session...

Lourdes Novena: 3-11 February 2024

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th February 2024, we join in a Novena of Prayer to Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Lourdes. Visitors...

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39  Theme:  The Mystery of Human Suffering Human suffering, is one of the greatest mysteries of life. It...

CLIMATE AND BIODIVERSITY – THINKING ECOLOGICALLY – The 2023 Intergenerational Climate Justice Conference –...

  About Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice The Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice is an annual event dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and action...

SMA Zambia Golden Jubilee Celebration

Last December the Divine Mercy Parish, Ndola, Zambia was the venue for a celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of the  arrival of Irish SMA's...

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28  Theme:  ‘He taught them with authority’ (Mk 1:22) The theme of authority dominates our readings today. In the...

Prayer for Christian Unity 2024 – Reflection for Saturday 20th January

This reflection is based on the Mass readings for Saturday 20th January.  In the week of Prayer for Christian Unity today’s readings are – to...

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 Theme:   The God of Second Chances One of the favourite aphorisms of a former priest companion of mine...

Homily for the Second Sunday of Year B – 14th January 2024

Readings:1 Samuel 3:3-10,19; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20; John 1:35-42  Theme: ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening ’ (1 Samuel 3:10) Today’s readings are all about listening and...

EPIPHANY 2023 – Wilton

The Feast of Epiphany brings to an end the Nativity narrative – set in Bethlehem – by the entry of the three Wise Men...

Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year B

Readings: Isaiah 50:1-11; 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11 Theme: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’ (Mark 1:11) Today, we reach the...

Homily for Sunday 31st December 2023 – Feast of the Holy Family

Theme:   ‘Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you’ (Colossians 3:18) Readings: Genesis:15:1-6 and 21:1-3; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40 On...
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A Christmas Meditation

              ‘The image sticks in the mind. A young woman, her heavily pregnant belly heaving, as she is carried on a stretcher away from a...

Reflection for the last week of Advent – Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA

For the past three weeks we have brought you Reflections from SMA Fathers focusing on different aspects of our faith and Christian living as...

“Transition away from” – COP28 from the perspective of Laudate Deum

The 11th hour inclusion of the phrase “Transition away from” fossil fuels marked the end of COP28. This, statement hailed by some as “historic”...

REFLECTION FOR THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT – Fr Anthony Kelly SMA

Each week until Christmas a short video reflection on the Season of Advent will be published on this website.  Each reflection has been recorded...

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent 2023

Readings: Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28  Theme: Waiting in Joyful Hope I will begin with a story  ‘There was once an Indian tribe whose...

REFLECTION FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT – Fr Des Corrigan SMA

  Each week until Christmas a short video reflection on the Season of Advent will be published on this website.  Each reflection has been recorded...

A Reflection based on the Readings for Saturday, 9th December 2023

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26      Matthew 9:35 – 10: 1,5,6-8 Matthew’s preferred image for Jesus is that of teacher. This is most evident in the Sermon on...

Homily for the second Sunday of Advent 2023

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Theme: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight’ (Mark 1:3) The note of joyful hope,...

REFLECTION FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT – Fr Damian Bresnahan SMA

Each week until Christmas a short video reflection on the Season of Advent will be published on this website.  Each reflection has been recorded...
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The Season of Advent

Halloween is barely over when Advent arrives, at least in the shops and magazines. The secular appropriation of the season is commercial, concentrated on...

Homily for the 33rd Sunday of Year A

Proverbs: 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 READY FOR THE JOURNEY… As the liturgical year draws to a close, November days remind us of the...
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The Good Shepherd

Based on the reading for Saturday 4th November 2023 - Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo: Romans 12:3-13:2; John 10:11-16.) A couple of years ago a...

Mission Saturday – A reflection for the Month of Mission 2023

Based on the Mass readings for Saturday 21st October 2023 Jesus does not usually call attention to himself in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke...

Homily for the 29th Sunday of Year A

Mission Sunday Readings:  Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21 Theme: ‘Hearts on fire; feet on the move’ (Pope Francis) Today, World Mission Sunday, is the day...

Our Lady of the Rosary – 7th October 2023

In the first week of October we have commemorated and celebrated the lives of three of the  greatest saints in the church – Saints Thérèse, Francis...

Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43  Theme: Tenants in God’s Vineyard The images of vines and vineyards loom large in the Scriptures. They feature today...

National Novena in honour of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus 2023

National Novena in honour of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus 2023 This year's Novena in St Joseph's Church Blackrock Road, Cork takes place from...

Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Ecclesiasticus 27:33 – 28:7; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35 Theme: To Forgive Is To Set A Prisoner Free And Discover That The Prisoner Was You...

Memories – a Video about Wilton and Mary O’Flynn

Some weeks ago an article about the retirement of Mary O' Flynn following her many years of service in SMA House Wilton was published...

Homily for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: Year A

Readings: Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 Theme:   The Cost of Discipleship Poor Peter! In last Sunday’s gospel reading, we saw Jesus declaring him blessed and...

Homily for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 Theme: ‘But who do you say I am?’  (Mt 16:15) At the foot of Mount Hermon, on the border...

SMA SUMMER CAMPS 2023

          The SMA Summer Camp in Dromantine began over fifty years ago – This year, during August, over 600 participants attended, with two weeks for...

Homily for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings:  Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 Theme: ‘Woman, great is your Faith’ (Mt 15:28) There is no more powerful force in this world than the...

Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Theme:    Faith in Stormy Times It’s never easy, at any time, to keep faith but to hold...

SMA Sponsor, Kathleen Lowry reaches 107 years

Mrs Kathleen Lowry celebrates her 107th birthday this month. Hailing from Tuam, Co Galway, Mrs Lowry has sponsored the training and upkeep of  SMA ...

BEGINNINGS – The Birth of the SMA Irish Province – a New Documentary Film

        The 19th of July 2023 is the one hundred and second anniversary of the death of Fr Joseph Zimmerman SMA, a Swiss national, who...

“I count myself Lucky and Blessed” – Mary O Flynn Retires

            An event to mark the retirement of Mary O’Flynn, who began work with the SMA on the 3rd of October 1977, took place on...

SMA Jubilee Celebrations in Dromantine

              The Society of African Missions recently celebrated the Silver and Golden Jubilees of four SMA priests: Father Kevin Mulhern SMA from Waterside, Derry City...

SMA Parish Wilton supports the Field of Dreams

The Parishioners of St Joseph’s Parish Wilton have a long established a tradition of generously supporting charities down through the years. These have ranged...

The I64th Anniversary of the Death of the SMA Founder – 25th June 2023

The 25th of June 2023 is the 164th Anniversary of the death of the SMA Founder, the Venerable Melchior de Marion Brésillac.  We are thankful...
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Dromantine Sunday – SMA Open Day – Family Fun Day 2023

The Dromantine Sunday - Open Day and Family Fun Day takes place in  Dromantine this Sunday, from 1pm to 5.30pm. There are all sorts of...

Papal Award for Margret O’Regan of Blackrock Parish

During  Mass at the SMA Church in Blackrock Road on Sunday 21st of May, Margaret O’Regan, a parishioner and volunteer, was presented with the ...

Novena of Prayer and Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock Fri 19th – Sat...

This year we celebrate the 43rd National SMA Pilgrimage and Novena of Prayer to Our Lady of Knock.   We are especially happy this year as...

Fr John Dunleavy SMA – Funeral homily

Fr John Dunleavy, SMA, died on Friday, 14 April 2023 in the St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. He was 86...

Late Fr John Dunleavy SMA

Fr John Dunleavy, SMA, died peacefully on Friday, 14 April 2023, in the African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. Fr John was 86 years old...

Fr Fintan Daly, SMA – Obituary

Fr Fintan Daly, SMA - Obituary When the Venerable Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac founded his Society of African Missions on the 8th of...

Fr Fintan Daly SMA – Funeral Homily

Fr Fintan Daly died peacefully on Ash Wednesday, 22 February 2023, in the African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. His Funeral Mass was celebrated on...

Late Fr Fintan Daly, SMA

The Archbishops, priests, religious and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Ibadan, Nigeria, along with his family and confreres in the Society of African...

The War – One year on.

A few weeks ago Fr Grzegorz Kucharski, the Superior of the Polish SMA Province, came to Ireland to say thank you to the Irish...

PEACE

Below is the text of a homily preached by Fr Kevin O'Gorman SMA on Sunday February 5th, during the Novena in honour of our...

SMA Wilton Parish offers YOU an alternative to TV!

The SMA Wilton parish are broadcasting a one-hour selection of interesting material from 4 -5pm and from 8 - 9pm daily.  You will find meditations, spiritual music,...

Who to contact with concerns about the Welfare or Safety of Children or Vulnerable...

The guiding principles in regard to the reporting of abuse or neglect are: The safety of the child / adult at risk is paramount If you...

Fr Michael Nohilly SMA [RIP] – Obituary

Fr Michael Augustine Nohilly SMA died peacefully in the Cork University Hospital on Tuesday, 27 September 2022, aged 76 years. Fr Nohilly was buried...

Fr Michael Nohilly SMA [RIP] – Thanksgiving Mass Homily

Fr Michael Nohilly SMA died peacefully in the Cork University Hospital on Tuesday, 27 September 2022, aged 76 years. Fr Nohilly was buried...

Fr Michael Nohilly SMA [RIP] – Funeral Mass Homily

Fr Michael Nohilly SMA died peacefully in the Cork University Hospital on Tuesday, 27 September 2022, aged 76 years. Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA,...

INTERNATIONAL DAY – SMA Parish Wilton supporting Ukraine through SMA Poland.

Wilton SMA parish, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, has responded very positively to the plight of the Ukrainian people.  Parishioners collected...

Fr Maurice (Mossie) Kelleher SMA – Obituary

Fr Maurice Kelleher, SMA, passed away peacefully in the St Theresa's Nursing Unit, SMA House Blackrock Road, Cork on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. His...

Fr Maurice [Mossie] Kelleher SMA – Funeral Mass Homily

The Funeral Mass for the late Fr Mossie Kelleher’s took place on Friday, 12th August 2022, in St Joseph's SMA Church, Wilton, Cork City....

Fr Maurice [Mossie] Kelleher SMA, RIP

Fr Maurice Kelleher SMA , late of SMA House, Wilton, Cork, died peacefully in the St Theresa's Nursing Unit, SMA House, Blackrock Road on...
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Homily – 163rd anniversary of the death of SMA Founder

On 25 June 1859, the SMA Founder, Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac died of Yellow Fever in Freetown, Sierra Leone. On 25 June last,...

Fr John Flynn SMA – Funeral homily

The Funeral Mass for the late Fr John Flynn SMA was celebrated in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, Cork on Friday, 24 June 2022....

Fr John Flynn SMA [RIP]

Funeral Mass for the late Father John Flynn, SMA - click here to view the Mass which begins at 1pm on Friday, 24 June 2022. Fr...

Sufficiency, Not Growth: Towards a Safe and Sustainable Future – SUMMER SCHOOL 2022 –...

SPEAKERS John Barry is Professor of Green Political Economy and the Director of the Centre for Sustainability and Just Transitions, a Queen’s University Belfast.  Anne B....

SMA Novena – Address from Provincial and Homily from Knock Basilica

The Lamb of God - Jesus - is the focal point of the Apparition at Knock. It is as if Mary is saying in...

NOVENA MASS – from Knock Basilica, Saturday 28th of May

The 2022 SMA annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock comes to its conclusion today at Knock Basilica.  It can be viewed live, beginning with...

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF KNOCK BEGINS

The annual SMA National Novena of Prayer in honour of Our Lady of Knock begins this evening,  Friday 20th of May.    The theme of...

Fr Owen McKenna SMA – Funeral Homily

Fr Owen McKenna died peacefully on Monday, 2 May 2022, in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork. His Funeral Mass took place at St Joseph's...

Fr Owen McKenna SMA [RIP]

Fr Owen McKenna died peacefully in the Bon Secours Hospital on Monday, 2 May 2022. He was an SMA missionary for over 60 years,...

Fr Thomas Treacy SMA – Funeral homily

Fr Tom Treacy, SMA, died peacefully in the St Theresa’s Nursing Unit at the SMA House, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork on Saturday, 11...

Fr Tom Kearney SMA – Funeral homily

Fr Tom Kearney died unexpectedly at his brother’s home in Ardee, Co Louth, on Monday, 22 November 2021. His Funeral Mass was celebrated in...

Dromantine SMA Annual Remembrance Mass 2021

We have loved them in life; let us not forget them in death During the month of November we are especially mindful of our...

Dromantine in bloom 2021

During this time, the Season of Creation, we focus on Pope Francis call on all of us to "hear the cry of the earth...

Fr Joseph Zimmermann SMA – Homily & Video

Fr Joseph Zimmermann SMA is acknowledged as the Founder of the Irish Province. After 28 years in Ireland, he was transferred to Savannah, Georgia,...

THE BEAUTY OF CREATION IN BLACKROCK RD

In the cold days of late winter and early spring an effort was made in the garden in Blackrock Road to prepare the ground,...

MIGRATIONS IN OUR COMMON HOME Causes, Effects & Responses – VIDEO RECORDINGS Summer School...

SPEAKERS John Barry is Professor of Green Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Sustainability and Just Transitions, at Queen’s University Belfast Dug Cubie is...

SMA Dromantine: Retreat & Conference Centre Reopening August 2021

A SAFE AND WARM WELCOME The SMA Community in Dromantine along with our Hospitality Team are ready to safely and warmly welcome you back. We are...

SMA Novena of Prayer 2021

Our annual SMA National Novena of Prayer in honour of Our Lady takes place from this Friday, 14th May to Saturday, 22nd May. The Novena...

Fr James Fegan SMA [RIP] – Funeral homily

Fr James Fegan SMA passed to his eternal reward in the early morning of 9 November 2020 in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork. Fr...

Covid-19 and the SMA Little Flower Novena

“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant count as nothing… When one loves, one does not calculate.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions The SMA...

SMA Lay Association (SMALA)

In 1999 the SMA Provincial Leadership initiated exploration of the potential to establish a Lay Association in the Irish Province. Members of FVC had...

SMA Lay Association Albino Support Project

Early in 2017, some information was received from the SMA Regional Superior of Tanzania, Janusz Machota SMA, outlining the extent of the increased persecution...

SMA Lay Association

SMALA is a Lay Association of people with a shared interest in and commitment to the mission and work of SMA, making them an...
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Friday, 12 July, 2013 saw the 16th Provincial Assembly achieve one of its principal tasks – the election of a Council to assist the...
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SMA Commemorate their Founder

On 25 June 2016 we commemorate the 157th anniversary of the death of the SMA Founder, Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. See The...

Fr Colum makes a welcome return

The SMA Provincial Council has released Ballinlough-born, Fr. Colum O’Shea SMA, for appointment by Bishop John Buckley as Assistant Priest in St Joseph's SMA parish, Wilton....

2014 St Therese Novena, Cork – Day 1

Fr Fergus Tuohy, the SMA Family Vocations Director for Munster, celebrated the Opening Mass of the 2014 National novena in honour of St...
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Knock Pilgrimage 2014 photos – 2

Saturday, 24 May 2014 With this Nigerian proverb Bishop Tim Carroll, SMA, emeritus of Kontagora (Nigeria), reminded the pilgrims that their pilgrimage to Our Lady's...
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Our Lady’s Novena 4 – Mary, Queen of Peace

  Ms Juli Rea shared on the fourth night of the SMA National Novena in honour of Our Lady in St Joseph's SMA Church,...

Our Lady’s Novena 2 – Mary, Queen of Apostles

Fr Fergus Tuohy SMA preached at the second night of the SMA National Novena in honour of Our Lady in St Joseph's SMA Church,...

Our Lady’s Novena 1 – Mary, Mother of God

The opening Mass for the SMA National Novena in honour of Our Lady was celebrated by the SMA Provincial Leader, Fr Michael McCabe at...

2013 St Therese Novena, Cork

The Annual SMA Novena in honour of the Little Flower, St Thérèse of the Child Jesus (also known as St Thérèse of Lisieux) was held in...

Our Lady and St Therese

The SMA Laity Coordinator, Mrs Dympna Mallon, spoke at the 5th night of the St Therese Novena in Dromantine. Here is an edited version...

Suffering and the Christian Life

Fr John Denvir preached on the 3rd night of the Novena in Dromantine. The following is an edited version of Fr John's sharing. We can...

2013 St Therese Novena Cork – Day 3

Fr Fergus Tuohy SMA shared on 'St Therese's Way to God at the 3rd night of the Novena in honour of the Little Flower at Blackrock...

2013 St Therese Novena, Dromantine

The SMA community at Dromantine also organise the Novena in honour of St Therese, Patroness of the Missions. Mass is celebrated at 10am and...

2013 St Therese Novena Dromantine – Day 1

Fr Joe Bermingham, a Carmelite priest based in Avila, Dublin preached on the first day of the Novena in Dromantine. We list here the...

2013 St Therese Novena Cork – Day 4

The SMA Laity Coordinator, Mrs Dympna Mallon, spoke at the 4th night of the St Therese Novena in Blackrock Road. Here is an edited...

2013 St Therese Novena Cork – Day 2

Sr Margaret Kiely shared on 'The Life of St Therese' at the 2nd night of the Novena in honour of the Little Flower at...
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Fr Malachy Flanagan SMA

Fr Malachy Flanagan, from Tullyallen parish (Drogheda, Co Louth) is the son of the late Mary (Oliver) and the late John Flanagan. Born in...
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Provincial Assembly 2013 photos 2nd week

A further selection of photographs, formal and informal, taken during the 16th Irish Provincial Assembly taking place at the Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre,...
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PA2013 photos

A selection of photos from the 2013 Irish Provincial Assembly taking place in at the Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre from 1 - 18 July...
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Jean-Marie Coquard – a review

Edmund M. Hogan, Cross and Scalpel: Jean-Marie Coquard among the Egba of Yorubaland (Heinemann Educational Books, Nigeria, 2013) Reviewed by Peter Costello, for the Irish...
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Knock Pilgrimage 2013 photos

We are happy to publish more photos from the 2013 Annual SMA / OLA Pilgrimage to Knock which took place on Saturday, 25 May...
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Lively multicultural liturgy closes SMA Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual SMA Novena in honour of Our Lady closed with SMA and OLA members along with supporters, family and friends gathering at Our...
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Bishop Kieran O’Reilly – Knock 2013 homily

Bishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA, Bishop of Killaloe and former SMA Superior General, preached at the Closing Mass of the SMA National Novena in honour...

Fr John O’Hea Golden Jubilee homily

Fr Fintan Daly preached the following homily at the Mass celebrated at the SMA House of Studies, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria on Friday, 4 March...
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Fr Mattie O’Connell celebrates 55 years as a priest

On a joyously warm and agreeable tropical Saturday morning, 3rd November 2012, at St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus parish, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria...
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2012 Golden Jubilee celebration

The Irish Province celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of the 1962 Class at a Thanksgiving Mass at the African Missions, Blackrock...

St Therese Novena 2012 Day 9

Feast of St Thérèse, Patroness of the Missions The SMA Provincial Leader, Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll, celebrated the Closing Mass of the National Novena at...

Dromantine Novena 2012 – Day 5

Dromantine celebrates Novena in honour of St Therese Sr Mercedes is a Sister of St Clare and Regional Coordinator for her Congregation, based in Co...

Dromantine Novena 2012 Day 6

Dromantine celebrates Novena in honour of St Therese Sr (Dr) Carol Breslin is a member of the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM), at present involved...

Dromantine Novena 2012 Day 4

Missionary life today Fr Fergus Tuohy SMA, FVC Director in Munster, celebrated the Mass for the 3rd night of the Novena in Dromantine. He preached...

Dromantine Novena 2012 Day 3

Dromantine Novena 2012 - Day 3 God’s love of Creation Fr Fergus Tuohy SMA, FVC Director in Munster, celebrated the Mass for the 3rd night of...

Dromantine Novena 2012 homilies

National Novena in honour of the Little Flower, Patroness of the Missions 23 September - 1 October 2012 Fr Maurice Kelleher SMA was responsible for the...

Dromantine Novena 2012 Day 2

Dromantine Novena 2012 - Day 2 Focus on the life of Louis Martin, father of Thérèse Mr Tony Hanna, is the Director of Pastoral Renewal &...

Dromantine Novena 2012 Day 1

Dromantine Novena 2012 - Day 1 Sr Carmel Clarke of Glenvale Carmelite Convent, Newry, Co Down spoke at the first day of the Novena in honour...

Knock Novena 2012 Day 6 homily

Fr Pat O'Mahony SMA led the Mass and Reconciliation Service on the 6th evening of the Novena in honour of Our Lady. During the...
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Knock Novena 2012 Day 4 homily

Fr Tomás Walsh led the Mass and preached at the 4th evening of the SMA Novena in honour of Our Lady. He was assisted...

Novena 2012 – 2nd day homily

 Our Lady of the Missions Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll preached at the 2nd night of the 2012 Novena in honour of Our Lady. Here are...

Knock Novena 2012 Day 2 homily

Our Lady of the Mission Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll preached at the 2nd night of the 2012 Novena in honour of Our Lady. Here are...
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Knock Novena Preachers & Themes 2012

2012 Knock Novena Preachers & Themes   Friday, 18 May - Fr John Dunne - Mary, Mother of God Saturday, 19 May -...
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Knock Pilgrimage Message 2012

Knock Pilgrimage Message 2012 Friday 18 May - Saturday 26 May When we look at any aspect of our world today we recognize a...

Irish Province

1856: The SMA was founded by Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac on 8 December 1856. 1858: Less than two years later, on 4 November...
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SMA EPC 2011

SMA Extraordinary Provincial Council 2011 The different leaders in the Irish Province - at home and in Africa - have gathered at the SMA...
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Irish Provincial Leadership Team

   (From left): Frs John Dunne, Fachtna O'Driscoll and Damian Bresnahan    Provincial Council  Provincial Leader: Fachtna O'Driscoll...
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Roll of Honour

PROVINCIAL SUPERIORS of the Irish Province Stephen Kyne (1912-1913) >>> read more Maurice Slattery (1913-1918, 1925-1931) >>> read more. William Butler (1918-1925) Stephen Harrington (1931-1946) Patrick Kelly (1946-1952) John Creaven...
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St Theresa National Novena 2011

SMA National Novena in honour of St Thérèse The SMA National Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux concluded on Saturday, 1 October 2011, the...

St Theresa Novena 2011 – Day 8 homily

St Therese & Suffering Each evening, over the past week, we have been focusing on a different aspect of the St. Thérese of the...

St Therese Novena 2011 – Day 9 homily

Novena to St Therese – Closing evening – 1st October 2011   Isaiah 5: 1-7Ph 4: 6-9Matt 21: 33-43 We celebrate the Feast of...

St Therese Novena 2011 – Day 7 homily

St Therese and Our Lady At age six Therese wrote, "I want to be a very good girl. The Blessed Virgin is my dear...

St Therese Novena 2011 – Day 6 homily

Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie Martin, Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux As they left Mass after the priest had preached about marriage, the...
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St Therese Novena 2011 – Day 4 homily

St Thérèse - My Vocation is Love Sr Eileen Cummins OLA, from Galway, was a missionary in Nigeria for many years. Later she was...

St Therese Novena 2011 Day 3 homily

Homily preached by Rt Rev Bishop Timothy Carroll SMA, emeritus Vicar Apostolic of Kontagora, Nigeria for the 3rd night of the SMA National Novena...
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St Therese Novena 2011 Day 1 homily

St Thérèse at Prayer Fr Malachy Flanagan preached on the first evening of the SMA National Novena in honour of St Thérèse, the Little...
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Silver Jubilee celebration 2011

Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Dromantine At the conclusion of the annual SMA Retreat in the Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre, Newry the Irish Province marked...
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Knock Pilgrimage 2011

Knock Pilgrimage 2011 The 31st SMA Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock took place, as usual, on the fourth Saturday of May. Though the...

St Therese of Lisieux & the Little Way

Saint THERESE of LISIEUX and the THE LITTLE WAY In his general audience in St. Peter's Square today, attended by more than 10,000 people, Benedict...
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Knock Pilgrimage 2011

SMA National Pilgrimage to Knock  The annual SMA Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock takes place on Saturday, 28 May, the ninth and...

Homily for Bishop John Moore SMA

Homily delivered by Rev Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll SMA, Provincial Leader of the Irish Province23 January 2010 Readings:    Isaiah 52: 7-10, read by Mrs Joan Moore, sister-in-law...

SMA History Extra

PROVINCIALS OF THE IRISH PROVINCE Stephen Kyne (1912-1913) Maurice Slattery (1913-1918, 1925-1931) William Butler (1918-1925) Stephen Harrington (1931-1946) Patrick Kelly (1946-1952) John Creaven (1952-1968) Laurence Carr (1968-1976) Joseph Donnelly (1976-1978) Cornelius Murphy (1978-1989) John...

SMA History Irish Province

SMA - History - the Irish Province 1856: The SMA was founded by Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac on 8 December 1856. 1858: Less...

Profile John Dunne

Fr John Dunne SMA Profile: 1944: Born in Knockaneavan, in north Co Cork, Ireland 1963-1971: Studies with SMA at Cloughballymore,...

Profile Michael McGrath

Fr Michael McGrath SMA PROCLAIMING GOOD NEWS For most of his 40 years as a missionary Michael has been on assignment in Kaduna, Nigeria....
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Profile Jim Kirstein

Fr Jim Kirstein SMA It's never too late to start Fr Jim Kirstein SMA comes from Cork City and was brought up very close...