A Driverless Car: Twenty-three months in captivity

Fr. Pierluigi (Gigi) Maccalli, SMA priest missionary, is the pastor of the catholic church in Bomoanga, Republic of Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso. He was kidnapped from his mission twenty-three months ago, on September 17, 2018. Since then he is in captivity. Last march, his captors published a video showing him alive. He […]


It is with immense joy and thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus that we announce the safe release of our confrère Fr. Luigi Maccalli, SMA. Fr. Macalli was abducted in September 17th 2018 while serving in Niger. He was released October 8th 2020 along with 3 other people who were also in captivity. Thank you for […]


My dear friends of the SMA, Blessings and every good wish to you! Our SMA Mission in the work of primary evangelization is to bring others to Jesus in a “hands on” manner. It involves direct interaction with people. It is widely known that we thrive on this interaction – it is also known that […]