Who We Are

Who We Are

The Society of African Missions (SMA) is a catholic missionary society of apostolic life, founded in 1856 by Venerable Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac.
The SMA is a community of Christ’s disciples, bonded together by their common response to his command to proclaim the kingdom of God: “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation” (Mk 16: 15). The SMA members seek a constant personal growth in Christ in order to be an effective response to the missionary vocation of the Church, chiefly among Africans and people of African origin.
The response to the mission has been expressed through concrete commitments like:
– First evangelization: proclamation of the Gospel to those who have not yet heard, especially the poor and most abandoned.
– Justice, peace and integration of creation in Africa: we strive to answer questions of justice and peace, particularly by engaging with street children, former child soldiers, refugees, war displaced people…
– We also keep a focus on human development through education and health. Outside Africa, we are engaged in ministry with immigrants, undocumented and campaigning for better sharing of global resources.
– Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue: SMA seeks to promote dialogue and cooperation with African traditional religions and other beliefs. We seek a better understanding of Islam and evangelical Churches to work together in the service of all.