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REQUIREMENTS FOR S.M.A. CANDIDATES

The Society of African Missions (S.M.A.) is looking for candidates who are responding to God’s call in their lives with a deep desire to live the Gospel and grow in their relationship with Jesus. The Society of African Missions is committed mainly in Africa. S.M.A. has a call to proclaim and live the Gospel in the African missions and with our brothers and sisters of African descent. The special calling of S.M.A is a ministry to the most abandoned, wherever we are sent.


PRIESTHOOD:

  • Catholic: Have certificates for Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation and any other documents showing status in the Catholic Church.
  • Single
  • Between 18 – 45 years of age (negotiable)
  • A person of good moral and physical character
  • Education: All candidates must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. It is desirable that a candidate has completed an undergraduate degree in college. Suitable candidates, who lack a degree, however, will still be considered. The degree is more important for older candidates who desire priesthood, since it requires four to five years of graduate studies. For those who have been in the workplace, a stable work record is important.
  • Debts: Ideally, candidates should be debt-free or have a plan for dealing with debts.
  • Legal residents in the U.S, can be considered.

LAY MISSIONARY:

  • Catholic: Have certificates for Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation and if applicable, marital status.
  • Single or Married (without dependents)
  • Completed college or have qualifications in their area of expertise
  • In good health
  • Open to longer term commitment of 2 years (renewable)
    • There is the possibility of making a permanent commitment with S.M.A. after several years (3 to 4 tours of mission service)
  • Candidates can be considered if they have resided for two years in the U.S., hold legal immigration status and meet S.M.A. requirements.

For more information, please contact:

S.M.A. Vocation Office
23 Bliss Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Priesthood: Fr. Julien Esse – Phone: (201) 567-0450 Ext. 247 and (917) 679-6984
Lay Missionary: Ms. Theresa Hicks – Phone (201) 567-0450 Ext. 250 and (201) 496-8394