Assemblée générale sma 2019
messe d'action de grâce
Assemblée générale sma 2019
passation de la flamme
Assemblée générale sma 2019
Le nouveau Supérieur Général
Assemblée générale sma 2019


Atonio PORCELLATO, Supérieur Général - François de Paul HOUNGUE, Vicaire Général - Rozario FRANCIS, Conseiller Général - Krzysztof PACHUT, Conseiller Général

Visite to the pope / visite au pape

benedictionAt the end of thanks-giving mass, the two superiors generals had the following  interview with us.

Hallo everybody, I am very happy today to hand over the role of the Superior General to Antonio Pochellato. Antonio worked very closely to me as Vicar General for the past six years. I know he is a man of many qualities. And many of the qualities that we were looking at yesterday in discerning what kind of a person we want in superior general, Antonio fulfils those qualities, he is kind, he is compassionate, he is generous, he knows the society very well. I think he will be a unifier and he will be able to bring the whole SMA family together I believe for the good of mission, for the good of Africa and for the good of the SMA. So it is kind of a bitter sweet moment for me. I have enjoyed eighteen years in leadership, twelve as a provincial in Ireland and six in Rome. And I feel it is time to hand over to someone else so that they can bring a new energy, a new vision and I believe Antonio will do that. I was happy with the vote today because it was clear that there are many many candidates in our Society as Antonio said in his few words after the election that are capable and have the competence and the aptitude for this role. So the future is bright for the SMA. We have candidates in new units in Africa and in India who can surely take up this role in the future. For now I wish Antonio the very best, and certainly wherever I am, I certainly will be supporting him because I know how much I valued the support I got from the members throughout the society for the last six years, particularly my visits to Africa, the appreciation people expressed was touching and even here at the assembly I am very grateful for the many people who came to me and expressed their appreciation for the few things I did for the society for the past six years. I look forward now for a small time of rest, and please God after recovering, I will be able to head back to Africa which is my desire. To be a missionary in Africa in the forty years of priesthood, because of other calls I have just been seven years in Nigeria, so I would like to go back if the Lord gives me good health in another few years to spend at least another period of time in Africa. That is my wish, that is my hope and that is my prayer.


Today I have been elected as Superior General of the SMA, and just yesterday we had a workshop in which we reflected on the qualities of the superior general and the needs of the SMA today. That impressed me a lot. The Superior General has to be a good listener, a man with inner spiritual strength, a visionary, compassionate, human, and humble. The SMA is in need of keeping, improving and developing its charism of primary evangelization of mission in Africa and outside Africa.  There is need of this unity which already exists between older and new units, the exchange of personnel, the exchange and sharing of resources. There is need to support the more than three hundred seminarians we have around the world to make them good missionaries. So, all these are to be done together with of course the council, but also with all the members who promised to be helpful, to be active, and to be cordial in helping one another.
Another point that I take is that we talk a lot about family; we are a family not only of the members of the SMA society but the larger family which comprises of the lay people, the missionary sisters that have the same charism as we have, the same spiritual patrimony and all those who are helping us in a way, and are sharing in our mission. So this broader mission, an open heart to be together and to work together is what the church today needs and what the world needs. Being able to live together coming from different countries even different continents and sharing the same life, the same food and the same mission is a powerful witness for the world today, so that people may believe in Jesus Christ that the Lord has sent to us. Therefore, this is it for today, I am happy that we arrived at this election and I am also ready as St. Martin de tours used to say “non recuso laborem” I am ready to do how I can. So this is how I feel today with the help of God and with the help of everybody.