The General Council is the central executive body of the SMA. Its headquarters are in Rome. It is composed of the Superior General, the Vicar General and two general councilors, all elected by the General Assembly for a term of six years. He leads and ensures the vitality of the Company internationally, inspiring its members and associates in their life and missionary work.
Superior General: Fachtna O'Driscoll (Ireland)
Father Fachtna O'Driscoll was born February 10, 1954 at Rathcormac, Co Cork, Ireland. After his primary and secondary education in Rathcormac National School and St Colman's College, he joined ADM in 1971 and made his permanent membership oath in 1978. He was ordained a priest in 1979.
From 1979 to 1986 he was a missionary in the Diocese of Ekiti, Nigeria. In 1986, he completed training in psychology at Boston in the United States, before being appointed rector of the SMA House of Maynooth in Ireland, a position he held until 1995 when he was elected member of the Provincial Council SMA Ireland. From 2001 to 2012 he was Provincial Superior of Ireland. Elected Superior General SMA 20 April 2013. Father Fachtna is the 13th Superior General of the Society of African Missions (SMA) and the Irish 5th in the series.
Vicar General: Porcellato Antonio (Italy)
Fr. Antonio Porcellato was born on March 28, 1955. A native of the Diocese of Treviso in Italy, he joined SMA in 1974. Ordained in 1980, he was assigned in the Ivory Coast in Abidjan where he specializes in pastoral theology at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (ICAO). He then vicar of the parish of St Paul de San Pedro. After 10 years in Italy as vocations promoter, trainer and Provincial Councillor, he was appointed in 1995 to the team of the International Spiritual Year in Abomey Calavi in Benin. From there he was appointed teacher and spiritual director at the Foyer SMA Ibadan until his appointment as Vice District Superior en formation SMA Africa (DFA) in 2001. From 2007 to date, he is Vice SMA provincial Superior of Italy and in charge of missionary and vocations in the SMA-NDA community Feriole Italy. Elected Vicar General SMA April 30, 2013.
General Councillor: Francis Rozario (India)
Fr. Francis Rozario is from the Diocese of Salem in India. Born in 1975, he issued his perpetual oath in 2002 before being ordained a priest in 2003. Assigned to Nigeria, he worked there in the diocese of Kontagora as Vicar Parish New Bussa. He then parish priest of Agwara. From 2006 to 2010 he studied exegesis in Rome. So far, there is a trainer at the SMA formation house in Ibadan and teacher at the Major Seminary St. Peter and Paul Bodija Nigeria. Elected Councillor SMA April 30, 2013.
General Councillor: François de Paul HOUNGUE(Benin)
Father François de Paul HOUNGUE was born April 2, 1971 in Cotonou, Benin, He joined SMA in October 1994 after his university studies. On December 2nd 2002 at Ibadan in Nigeria, he made his permanent commitment to the SMA before being ordained a priest on July 5th 2003 in Cotonou. As a priest, François de Paul worked for 4 years in the midst of Bayaka Pygmies of Belemboke successively as assistant and and as Parish Priest of the mission and for the Pygmy Project in the diocese of Berberati in Central African Republic. From 2007 to 2009 he studied dogmatic theology at Boston College in the US. In October 2009, he returned to CAR to be in-charge of Bimbo Bangui training home. His travels in the service training took him to the Philippines, where he was appointed as the superior of the house of philosophy and theology based in Manila. In October 2013, he was elected as the vice-superior of the District-in-formation of the Bight of Benin (Ibadan/Nigeria). Following the election of François Gnonhossou as bishop of Dassa Zoume, François de Paul HOUNGUE was elected as the General Councillor by the Plenary Council on 5 June 2015. Since September 2015 he joined the other Councillors in Rome.