SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork
is the Headquarters of the Irish Province. There is a second residence and parish in Wilton, Cork.
The various buildings of the Blackrock Road property are
Feltrim – the residence and offices of the Provincial Leader and his Council. Fr Malachy Flanagan is assisted by Frs Eamonn Finnegan and Anthony Kelly. Their mandate expires in July 2025.
SMA House – the principal SMA residence in Ireland has three wings:
St Joseph’s (built in 1880) and St Patrick’s (1930) have 48 bedrooms, Oratory, Library, Offices, Dining and sitting rooms. St Patrick’s also houses the Provincial Archives.
St Theresa’s Nursing Unit (1997) is the third wing of the house. Nursing and Care personnel look after those in need of fulltime medical care as well as those home from Africa in need of nursing care following surgery etc.
The Main Office is responsible for Mission Association cards, the different Novenas of Prayer (in honour of Our Lady (May), St Therese (September-October), November Holy Souls and coordinating the collection of Mission Boxes. Bishop Noel O’Regan is Main Office Manager.
Communications Department is responsible for the SMA website – www.sma.ie
Family Vocations Crusade (FVC) – looks after the funding of our seminarians throughout the world. Patricia Nagle is the FVC Secretary [021 4616 317]
and Publications – publishes the African Missionary Newsletter (twice a year) and the very popular SMA Calendar. The Editor is Fr Martin Kavanagh.
St Joseph’s SMA Parish, Blackrock Road – built in 1881 as the community chapel. Following a request from the Bishop of Cork & Ross the Society accepted pastoral responsibility for the local area, with the church to serve as the parish church. The parish was erected on 6th September 1988. since then the following have served as Parish Priests: Fr Owen McKenna SMA, Fr James O’Kane SMA, Fr Tommy Wade SMA and Fr Noel O’Leary SMA.
The present Parish Priest is Fr Alphonse Sekongo SMA, who was Assistant Priest since 2016.
The SMA Leadership team in Blackrock Road is led by Fr Eddie O’Connor. The other staff members are Fr John Denvir [Assistant Leader], Bishop Noel O’Regan [Local Bursar] and Fr Lee Cahill. They can be contacted at +353 21 4292871 or [email protected]