In this podcast the Superior General of the SMA , Fr Kieran O’Reilly tells of his order’s evangelising mission , sharing with us knowledge of a continent he knows and loves so well.


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Fr. O’Reilly is in Rome attending the Synod on the African Church.


About SMA – Society of African Missions

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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 Brsillac. We celebrated 150 years in 2006.

Where we come from

The 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.

SMA work

The SMA undertakes missions in Africa. One of the main objectives of the sma has always been to establish fully-fledged African Churches. At present the SMA works in 51 dioceses in Africa – most of which now have their own African bishop.

In their home countries, SMA members promote the missionary dimension of the church through missionary animation and work for African immigrants.

The SMA feels itself called to the service of the most abandoned – not only those who have not yet heard the gospel preached to them but also those who are most in need of liberation from poverty, hunger or oppression.

The Society of African Missions is a “Society of Apostolic Life” (i.e. essentially secular). Its members commit themselves for life by a solemn promise to engage in mission for Africa and Africans.