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St. Thérèse of Lisieux, SMA Chapel, back window

We began this month of October with the celebration of the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of the Missions.
World Mission Day is celebrated traditionally on the third Sunday of October every year; this year, on Oct. 18.
The SMA Fathers are gearing up for this important day in the life of the Church.
So, we encourage all our friends and supporters to remember in your prayers and thoughts, all the mission work the Church does, especially in this time of Covid-19 pandemic.
Quoting the words of our Pope Francis: “The celebration of World Mission Day is also an occasion for reaffirming how prayer, reflection, and the material help of your offerings are so many opportunities to participate actively in the mission of Jesus in his Church.”
Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2020, “Here am I, send me”.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us!

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SMA is a worldwide organization of Catholic missionaries. We are priests, brothers, and lay men and women. Our more than 1,000 missionaries hail from five continents and joyfully witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
throughout Africa, and to people of African descent wherever they are.

The American Province of SMA was established in 1941 and is headquartered in Tenafly, New Jersey. In the United States, SMA has a mission presence in the Archdioceses of Newark (NJ), Boston, and Washington (D.C.). In Africa, SMA missionaries serve in seventeen countries.

The initials “SMA” stand for the Society’s name in Latin: Societas Missionum ad Afros.