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 […]

Anastasia first experiences as a lay missionary.

Anastasia Jeong Nam is one of SMA’s lay associate from South Korea. She left for missions in December 2019, the Corona virus broke out while she was in the language school. Although her South Korean Embassy asked her to leave the country, she decided to stay back in her mission. That is a big courageous […]

Jerusalema, a song, a beat, a prayer to God

Over the past few months, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a song called Jerusalema produced by South African DJ Master KG has trended like wildfire on social media (more than 200 million views). Fellow Africans from Angola danced to it in a video, which is now known as #JerusalemaDance. Later it resulted in a #JerusalemaDanceChallenge on […]


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 […]