Niamey’s thin thread

By Fr. Mauro Armanino, SMA missionary working in Niger The kidnapping of Pierluigi, Italian SMA priest, began in 2015. In January 16 and 17 of that year, the churches of Zinder, first capital of Niger and then those of Niamey, today’s capital, were burned. There is a thin red thread that ties the two events. […]

Laurent Barthelemy’s One Way Trip to Paris

A reflection by Mauro Armanino, Italian SMA priest working in Niamey, Niger No national day of mourning has been declared, none of what is decreed for military members who die in battle, for civilians who lose their lives in dramatic circumstances or natural disasters. No mourning for, a 14-year-old boy who died in the landing […]

My first Christmas in Ngudu

In this, my first Christmas in Ngudu, Tanzania, the majority of decorating took place the day before of Christmas Eve. There was a lot of bustling around, cleaning the church grounds and preparing the sanctuary for the main event, the birth of our Lord. Surprisingly to me, the Christmas colors were yellow and white. The […]


at the Funeral Mass of Fr. Daniel Lynch, S.M.A. By Stephen Price It is an honor to say a few words about Fr. Dan, my friend, coworker and mentor.  He and I worked together as part of an S.M.A. team in Maryland for 26 years. We also lived in community together all that time. I […]

Fr. Daniel J. Lynch, S.M.A., ‘enter into the joy of your master.’

Reverend Daniel James Lynch, S.M.A. was born on November 18, 1948 in Bridgeport, CT., the son of the late Daniel Robert and Ann Evanick Lynch. He became a member of the Society of African Missions in May 11, 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in September 1, 1973, in the SMA Provincial Headquarters, in […]

Up to the challenge of being a sustainable Church

SMA has missions in 16 African countries, and local Catholic churches can be found in each of Africa’s 56 nations. Most still need help from outside sources, but how can they become more sustainable, is the big challenge. Father Adam Fernandez of the SMA Indian Province learned something about this during his first 15 years […]