Welcome to the Website
of the Irish Province of the Society of African Missions.
Last year we introduced a new way of contacting our many friends and supporters through the distribution of our African Missionary newsletter to replace our magazine. Now we are launching the SMA Irish Province Website.
The world has become a very small place through the introduction of new technologies in the field of communications. With the growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web, we now have many opportunities to communicate more effectively the mission of SMA. It has taken us time to get to where we are, but we feel that we are now ready to launch our website.
We hope that those who visit will find items that will interest them. But if they remain only interested then the website will not have done an adequate job. What we need is for people to be inspired. There is so much in our story that is inspirational and that people will want to know about. Being touched by the story that is SMA, we hope that you will want to hear more and become more active as players in that story yourself.
There will be links to the past in order to tell what the SMA is and where it has come. We have so much to be grateful for in our mission history. But our mission is being lived in and out of African today. That living of our mission will determine and shape our future success.
Each of us can make a difference by the way in which we live our mission. We need to be courageous enough to let that story be told. “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a bowl; instead, he puts it on the lampstand, so that people may see the light as they come in”. [Lk 11:33].
In the months ahead, we will continue to develop our website and our ability to interact online with you our colleagues, friends and supporters. We invite you to become part of this new enterprise.
We are striving to tell our story, humbly, but without fear or trepidation.
Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA
2 February 2004