Society of African Missions (SMA)
December 8th, 2016 marks the 160th anniversary of the founding of the Society of African Missions. On that day Mgr Melchior de Marion Bresillac, with his companions, went to the Shrine of Our Lady at Fourviere, Lyon to ask the protection of Mother Mary for
On December 8th, we celebrate the 160th anniversary of the offering that Bishop de Marion Brésillac, with his firsts companions, made of the nascent Society to our Lady of Fourvière at Lyon. the new general secretary, Fr. Sylvère Atta, helps us give thanks and meditate on this birth. He made us reflect on a very current aspect of our mission today and thus how we can also renew the charism of our Founder.
The new Cardinal with the delegation of the African Missions
On this Saturday, November 19, 2016, Pope Francis intronized the new Cardinal of Central Africa, Mgr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga along with 16 other nominees. At the age of 49, he became the youngest African cardinal.
There will be 36 participants in the Seminar "In the footsteps of Brésillac and Planque". Members either of the Society of African Missions or of the Missionary Sisters Our Lady of the Apostles, they will work together for three days on their "common spiritual heritage". The SMA Generalate of Rome provides the framework for the Seminar which begins on 17 November 2016.
The Superior General with one of the councilors makes an official visit (Canonical visit) to every Unit once in the mandate. Fr. Fachtna O’Driscoll, the Superior General and Fr. Francis Rozario, a General Councillor visited Polish District in Formation for ten days from November 4 to 13, 2016.