Featured Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

03/02/18

Art Journalling Day - The Call to Awaken - Sr Oonagh Campbell, RSM

17/02/18

Lenten Retreat Day

10/03/18

Lenten Retreat Day

28/03/18 - 01/04/18

Easter Triduum : Led by the Dromantine Community

04/05/18 - 10/05/18

6 Day Preached Retreat - Finding God In The Singing Heart Of The World: An Exploration of the Creation Spirituality of Laudato Si' - Facilitated by Dr John Feehan and Fr Hugh O'Donnell, SDBacilitated

12/05/18

Care Of The Earth Is Care Of Our Future - Facilitated by Ben Kimmerling and Noel Bradley

12/05/18

Art Journalling Day - The Call to Allow

28/05/18 - 02/06/18

Preached Retreat - Where Does The Jesus Story Begin? Facilitated by Fr Denis McBride CSsR

16/06/18

Nurturing Faith In The Family - Facilitated by Joe & Paula McKeown and Bosco & Lynette McShane

29/06/18 - 01/07/18

SMA Summer School

31/08/18 - 06/09/18

6 Day Preached Retreat: Recovering The sacred In Our Everyday Life - Facilitated by Fr Nick Harnan, MSC

31/08/18 - 06/09/18

6 Day Directed Retreat - Sr Elizabeth Dunne, SMR and Fr Des Corrigan, SMA

31/08/18 - 04/09/18

4 Day Directed Retreat - Sr Elizabeth Dunne, SMR and Fr Des Corrigan, SMA

08/09/18

Art Journalling Day - The Call to Surrender

22/09/18

The Wisdom and Grace of Ageing Gracefully - Maria Garvey

09/10/18 - 15/10/18

6 Day Preached Retreat : An Astonishing Secret Facilitated by Fr Daniel O'Leary

09/10/18 - 15/10/18

6 Day Directed Retreat - Fr Frank Downes, OP and Fr Dermot Mansfield, SJ

03/11/18

Art Journalling Day - The Call to Restore

03/11/18 - 04/11/18

Bereavement Reflection : Facilitated by Sr Una Boland, LCM

30/11/18 - 02/12/18

Advent Retreat - Heralds of the Dawn Facilitated by Rev. Ruth Patterson

Society Of African Missions (SMA)

The Society of African Missions is an international community of Catholic missionaries who serve the people of Africa and people of African origin around the world. The initials "SMA" stand for the name in Latin; Societas Missionum ad Afros.

 

Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac

Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac

SMA was founded in Lyons (France) by Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac in 1856. The Society celebrated 150 years of missionary activity in 2006.

Bishop de Brésillac was a French missionary who had a strong desire to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Africa - especially to "the most abandoned peoples of Africa."

He and five others went to Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1859 but all succumbed to a yellow fever epidemic. Within six weeks of their arrival in Africa de Brésillac and four of this companions died.

As he died on 25th June 1859, de Brésillac's last words were "Faith, Hope, Charity" and these became the motto of the Society.

Despite such extreme hardships and challenges in Africa the work and vision of the Founder continued and flourished over the next 150 years.

 

 

 

 

Dromantine - SMA

Fr Des Corrigan, SMA, Director of
Dromantine Rt. and Conf. Centre
with Frs Bernard Asuka SMA (Kenya)
and Basil Soyoye,SMA (Nigeria)
at the SMA Formation House,
Ibadan, Nigeria.

The SMA today has about 1000 members coming from Africa, Europe, America and Asia. They work in 51 dioceses in Africa as well as in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. In their home countries, SMA members promote the missionary dimension of the church through a variety of apostolic activities including work for African immigrants.

The international administrative headquarters of the SMA is in Rome. (See www.smaroma.org)

The Irish Province of the SMA has five Houses - two in Cork, one in Dublin, Claregalway and Dromantine in Co. Down. (See www.sma.ie)

This Province has 220 members. Its members continue missionary work in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Egypt, Philippines, as well as in Europe, North America and Australia.