WHO WE ARE?
The Societas Missionum Ad Afros (SMA), also known as Society of African Missions, is a Catholic missionary priest congregation founded on 8 December 1856 by Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac.
The Society of African Missions is a Society of Apostolic Life. Members commit themselves to a solemn resolution, to be witnesses of the Gospel to the ends of the earth, particularly by serving the peoples of Africa, working to encourage vocations to the priesthood African Churches and in particular seeking to establish local Christian communities responsible and independent. We are also working to awaken the religious and missionary vocations for the universal Church.
We live in international apostolic communities and strive in our pastoral work, witness to the values of justice, peace, reconciliation and dialogue. Living in non-Christian environment, we strive to understand the authentic values of cultures and religions in mutual respect and collaboration. We often share community life with diocesan priests in the parishes.
The SMA currently has 901 members and associates, priests and laypeople, present in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Central African Republic, Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and South Africa. They are also present in Europe: France, Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Spain. In America: Canada, United States, as well as in Asia: India and Philippines.
The members of SMA are conscious of the support that community life offers: for them it is the normal life style. The joint work binds them together, meals and times of relaxation also permit numerous exchanges creating a family spirit. They place community prayer at the center of their missionary life, firstly the daily mass, in their communities as in the parochial life. Their day is also punctuated by meditation, by the breviary, the times of prayer the Church prescribes, prayers of intercession in favor of their benefactors who associate themselves with their work. The SMA communities are more and more international and open up gladly to African or other diocesan priests and to lay people inspired by the same ideal. The mixture of the generation is frequent and appreciated.