Featured Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

09/03/19

Developing Prayer Through Creative Expression : Facilitated by Florence Heyhoe (textile artist and spiritual director)

16/03/19

Lenten Retreat Day

30/03/19

Lenten Retreat Day

17/04/19 - 21/04/19

Holy Week Retreat

05/05/19 - 09/05/19

Archdiocese of Armagh Retreat

05/05/19 - 09/05/19

Diocese of Derry Retreat

10/05/19 - 12/04/19

Awareness and Mindful Retreat led by Martina Lehane Sheehan and Patrick Sheehan

21/05/19

eveloping Prayer Through Creative Expression : Facilitated by Florence Heyhoe (textile artist and spiritual director)

27/05/19 - 01/06/19

Where Does The Jesus Story Begin? Led by Fr Denis McBride, CSsR

02/06/19 - 06/06/19

Diocese of Clogher Retreat

10/06/19 - 16/06/19

Silent Preached Retreat : "Mystics, Martyrs and Poets" Led by Fr Brendan Comerford, SJ

10/06/19 - 16/06/19

6 Day Directed Retreat - Directors Frank Downes, OP and Mary Connellan, SSL

17/06/19 - 21/06/19

Diocese of Kilmore Retreat

17/06/19 - 21/06/19

Diocese of Dromore Retreat

22/06/19

Forgiveness: The Journey From Hurt To Healing, Freedom And Peace. Facilitated by Des Corrigan, SMA

23/06/19 - 27/06/19

SMA Retreat

02/09/19 - 08/09/19

Silent Preached Retreat: "The One Who Has Compassion On Them Will Guide Them To Springs Of Water" (IS 49:10) led by Fr Mike Serrage, MSC

02/09/19 - 08/09/19

6 Day Directed Retreat - Directors : Dermot Mansfield, SJ and Des Corrigan, SMA

02/09/19 - 06/09/19

4 Day Directed Retreat - Directors : Dermot Mansfield, SJ and Des Corrigan, SMA

10/09/19 - 13/09/19

Workshop - Hooked: Pastoral And Personal Challenges Of Living In A Digital World - Fr Hugh Lagan, SMA. Psy.D.

25/09/19

Developing Prayer Through Creative Expression : Facilitated by Florence Heyhoe (textile artist and spiritual director)

28/09/19

Lectio Divina : Fr Joseph Ralph, OP

04/10/19 - 10/10/19

Parables To Ponder And Practise, led by Fr Gerard McCarthy, SVD

19/10/19

The Green Platform: Simply Life - Changing. Facilitated by Mr Declan Coyle

09/11/19

Finding God In The Mess - Facilitated by Fr Brendan McManus, SJ and Jim Deeds

06/12/19 - 08/12/19

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

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.