We, at SMA, are a community of Catholic missionaries who come from around the world with a commitment to serve the people of Africa.
For more than 155 years, SMA missionaries have been present in Africa. We strive to be a living witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ among our brothers and sisters in that continent and among people of African heritage wherever they live.
In keeping with our founder’s goal of preserving the culture of African peoples, the US Province of SMA maintains the African Art Museum in Tenafly, NJ – one of five maintained by the society.

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Jean Dowell, SMA Lay Missionary

Shaloom Preschool Ministry in Mwanza, Tanzania

“Maisha wa Tanzania!” Our S.M.A. Lay Missionaries have been working with the Archdiocese of Mwanza AIDS Ministry. In 2006, Evelyn Apilado, an S.M.A. Affiliate and teacher, started Shaloom Preschool to help the children in the Program prepare to enter the regular school system. Since that time, Shaloom Preschool has helped many children prepare for school. …

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Fr. James and some parishioners after Mass

Christ the King Parish, Jersey City, NJ

SMA in Jersey City. At the beginning of 2014, the Society of African Missions accepted to minister in Christ the King Parish in Jersey City. It was established first in 1930 as a Mission and soon became the first African American Parish in the Archdiocese of Newark. Fr. Gustavo Buccilli, S.M.A. Associate Priest and Fr. …

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Sarah Spence on Mission in Nairobi

Mission and Education – Nairobi

Sarah Spence, S.M.A. Lay Missionary, is working with Caritas in Nairobi. She brings her expertise and organizational skill to her ministry. One of her concerns was about the importance of education. Sarah writes: In Africa they say that it takes a whole village to raise a child. I have now been in the Nairobi region …

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Joe ministering to people in Buduburam, Ghana

News from Ghana

A Day in a Missionary’s Life My day in Ghana starts at 6:30 a.m. with Mass in our chapel followed by breakfast. I then have a 40- to 50- minute commute by tro tro which is a 12- to 15-passenger public transportation van shared by people, goats, chickens and anything else the mate can cram …

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