Who We Are
We, at SMA, are a community of Catholic missionaries who come from around the world with a commitment to serve the people of Africa.(L to R.)Fr. Martin Nwosu, Fr. Tom Wright, Fr. Abu Cole, and Fr. Samuel Agbeme. For 150 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.
We are priests, deacons, seminarians, and lay men and women. We are teachers, carpenters, health care professionals, musicians and more. We work, live, and worship in the spirit of Christian community.
Fr. Frank Wright, SMA and youth of St. Joseph Church in Nairobi, Kenya.We are called to share the language, culture, and history of the peoples we serve, following the tradition of our Founder, Melchior Marion de Brésillac (1813-1859). His guiding vision was to serve God by establishing and supporting local churches and indigenous clergy. Today, more than 1000 SMA missionaries continue to fulfill the Founder’s vision.
The initials “SMA” stand for Society of African Missions in Latin: Societas Missionum ad Afros.