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Advent Retreat - Waiting For The Lord - led by Fr Pat Kelly, SMA, Friday 6th (6pm) to Sunday 8th (2pm) December 2019

Advent Retreat - Waiting For The Lord - led by Fr Pat Kelly, SMA "They Who Wait For The Lord Shall Renew Their Strength." IS. 40:31

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UPCOMING EVENTS

06/12/19 - 08/12/19

Advent Retreat - Waiting For The Lord, led by Fr Pat Kelly, SMA

15/02/20

Introduction to Focusing - led by Fr. Adrian Farrelly, O.P

14/03/20

Lenten Retreat Day - led by Fr Damian Bresnahan, SMA

28/03/20

Lenten Retreat Day led by Fr John Gallagher, SMA

08/04/20 - 12/04/20

Holy Week Retreat

19/04/20 - 26/04/20

Our Lady of Charity Of Good Shepherd Sisters - Chapter

26/04/20 - 30/04/20

Archdiocese of Armagh - Clergy Retreat

02/05/20

Spirituality Of The Heart As A Pathway To Acceptance Of self And others - led by Fr. Joe McGee, MSC

03/05/20 - 07/05/20

Diocese of Derry - Clergy Retreat

22/05/20 - 28/05/20

6 Day Silent Preached Retreat - Listening For The Divine Whisper led by Rev. Ruth Patterson

22/05/20 - 28/05/20

6 Day Directed Retreat with Fr. Frank Downes, OP and Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA

22/05/20 - 26/05/20

4 Day Directed Retreat with Fr. Frank Downes, OP and Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA

31/05/20 - 04/06/20

Diocese of Clogher - Clergy Retreat

08/06/20 - 13/06/20

Silent Preached Retreat: Jesus - An Unfinished Portrait led by Fr. Denis McBride, CSsR

15/06/20 - 19/06/20

Diocese of Kilmore - Clergy Retreat

15/06/20 - 19/06/20

Diocese of Dromore - Clergy Retreat

21/06/20 - 26/06/20

Franciscan Friars - Chapter

28/06/20 - 02/07/20

SMA Retreat

03/07/20 - 05/07/20

SMA Summer School

05/07/20 - 13/07/20

Sisters Of St Clare - Chapter

14/07/20 - 19/07/20

Daughters of Charity - Province Assembly

01/09/20 - 07/09/20

6 Day Silent Preached Retreat: Growing In Years, Peace and Contentment; A Spirituality of Ageing - led by Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA

01/09/20 - 07/09/20

6 Day Directed Retreat with SR. Mary Connellan, SSL and Fr. Dermot Mansfield, SJ

12/09/20 - 13/09/20

Friends of SMA Retreat

20/09/20 - 24/09/20

Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin - Clergy Retreat

23/09/20 - 01/10/20

Novena In Honour Of St Therese Of The Child Jesus, Patroness Of The Missions

26/09/20 - 27/09/20

The Wonder Of Creation: Our Common Home. Privilege and Responsibility. Led by Sr Nellie McLoughlin, RSM

02/10/20 - 08/10/20

6 Day Silent Preached Retreat: Praying With The Psalms - led by Fr. Gerard McCarthy, SVD

17/10/20

Renew-Refresh-Revive with Ms. Briege O'Hare

14/11/20

Loss and Recovery with Fr. Jim Cogley

04/12/20 - 06/12/20

Advent Retreat - Advent: 'The Other Purple Time In The Church's Year' led by Sr. Anne Morris, DHS

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.