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 […]

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 […]

The road to the new cemetery in Niamey

by Fr. Mauro Arrnanino, Niamey, November 2019 The new Christian cemetery in Niamey is located on the road to Ouallam that leads to Mali. From the first overpass in the country, called Mali Bero, we head towards the ‘Village of the Francophonie’, so called, with a little imagination, because of the homonymous games celebrated in […]

A Nigerian Doctor who takes pay cuts to serve poor

“Africans who have had the privilege of getting outstanding training and education abroad must mobilize their network of influence to transform our continent… I believe that happiness doesn’t come from what you get, rather, it comes from what you give. There is always room to give; you don’t need to be a millionaire to give.” […]

Father Pier Luigi Maccalli, SMA, a year later.

It is a year Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli was kidnapped in Niger. We remember him with this article Fr. Mauro Armanino wrote a month ago. We believe he is alive, kept away from our eyes, but spiritually united to us in a silent prayer. LIKE A TREE IN THE SAVANNAH Eleven months of Pier Luigi […]

SMA International Spiritual Center – Centre Brésillac

Fr. Hervé Yepié Abou, SMA, Rector, SMA International Spiritual Center, Calavi, Republic of Benin. Centre Brésillac (SMA International Spiritual Center) is a formation house of the Society of African Missions. It is located in the town of Calavi, Republic of Benin (West Africa). Our International Spiritual Center welcomes candidates to the missionary life in order […]


I am Eric AKA, sma based in Foya, Diocese of Gbarnga, Liberia. Foya is located in Lofa County. Liberia has fifteen counties and Lofa is known as the food basket of the country. People are merely subsistence rice farmers. The Luman, Bendi, Mende, Pele and Kissi are the main ethnic groups present in Lofa County. […]

Life in St. Martin De Porres – South Africa

life in st martin's

Nine years as a priest, Fr. Francis Barka-Nado, SMA of Central Africa, shares his life as an “urban missionary priest” in the heart of Pretoria, South Africa. He spent five years in the Republic of Benin before serving three years here. St. Martin de Porres Parish is centrally located in Sunnyside providing convenient accessibility to […]

Mother’s Love

Mother of all Nations

by Fr. Dermot S. Roache, SMA Our Mother Mary, the Mother of God, has been physically appearing in all parts of the world more and more frequently in this generation. Throughout history, the Catholic Church has given Mary honorary titles and sometimes she herself even asks to be known under certain titles. This is to […]

A Celebration of Life – South Africa

A Celebration of Life – South Africa

by Fr. Pius Afiabor, SMA Father Pius Afiabor is an SMA priest from Nigeria. He is a member of the African District and has been serving in the Republic of South Africa since his ordination in 2002. He ministers in Rustenberg mainly to the Botswana people, but due to the many platinum mines in the […]

Statement by Bishop Dennis Kofi Agbenyadzi, S.M.A.

Bishop Dennis Kofi Agbenyadzi, S.M.A.

Bishop Dennis K. Agbenyadzi, SMA  Challenges Facing the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic. The Central African Republic is one of the mineral-rich countries among the central African states.  The estimated population is 4.5 million.  Despite its rich deposits of minerals (diamonds, gold, uranium, etc.) the majority of the population lives in abject poverty.  Thirty per cent of the […]

A Day in a Missionary’s Life

a day in a life

My day in Ghana starts at 6:30 a.m. with Mass in our chapel followed by breakfast. I then have a 40- to 50- minute commute by tro tro which is a 12- to 15-passenger public transportation van shared by people, goats, chickens and anything else the mate can cram into the van. I enjoy the […]