What We Do
For nearly 155 years, SMA missionaries have been in Africa, providing both spiritual and practical care for those we serve, particularly the people who are most forgotten or abandoned.
We proclaim and live the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Africa We bring the sacraments and service of the Catholic Church to them. We help establish and support local churches, local clergy, and local lay leadership. We support the African people and the Church in Africa as they struggle with political, economic, and spiritual challenges, but we also bear witness to what is good and beautiful in Africa.
SMA missionaries serve as pastors, teachers, health care workers, construction workers, farmers, and in any role that enables us to help our brothers and sisters in Africa. We encourage and assist them in acquiring the skills needed to become self-sufficient and employable. We offer job training, education, and practical support. We assist refugees and African immigrants, helping them to adjust. We promote justice and peace, working with social service agencies, governments, and in other capacities to help those who are oppressed, impoverished, and displaced.
SMA missionaries also strive to preserve and encourage African art and culture. SMA maintains its own museums at various international locations for that purpose. The American Province houses the highly regarded SMA African Art Museum in Tenafly, New Jersey.