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General info – About the Society of African Missions, its members and its work.

The 2nd Burial of John Curry – the youngest visionary of KNOCK – in New York.

On Saturday 27th May 2017, we celebrate the 37th Annual SMA National Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine. It remains one of our most popular and best attended annual events. It is not often that Knock Shrine and the Knock apparitions are the subject of a major New York Times article. But, on May 12, 2017, a piece...

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Give Hope with Soap

Fr Eddie O’Connor, SMA House Leader of our Blackrock Road residence, is a great friend of the SMA Communications Office. It is common to arrive in the morning to find links to articles he has come across and which he thinks our wider community might find of interest. One such email was in the inbox...

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“To give to the poor what the rich can buy with money” – Mary Aikenhead

It makes me sick to hear self-appointed Scribes and Pharisees rubbishing the life’s work of hundreds of hard-working Irishwomen, without whom a large chapter of Irish women’s history is unwritten. Our public health service is in large part their legacy. Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Religious Sisters was, as we know, born in Cork in...

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History of the SMA Constitution

Dutchman, the late Fr Adrien Schoonen, served on the SMA General Council from 1952 – 1958. He was at the same time the General Archivist. It was during this period that he undertook an intensive study of the history of our SMA Constitution. This book is the fruit of his work. For Schoonen, the Constitution...

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Mahatma Gandhi and Bishop de Brésillac – shared a common cause

The Founder of the Society of African Missions and Mahatma Gandhi shared a common vision on the issue of the Indian caste system, particularly pertaining to those deemed to have been cursed from a previous existence and condemned in this life to be ‘untouchables’. Both men struggled against powerful cultural, religious and institutional forces, with deep historical roots, that resisted...

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