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SMA Formation House marks 25th anniversary today


THE Society of African Missions (SMA) Formation House will today celebrate its silver jubilee to mark its first opening in the country, with past students, friends and supporters from different parts of the world expected to grace the occasion.

The anniversary will also mark its achievements over the period, as more than 100 priests from different parts of Africa, including two bishops, who studied in Ibadan, are now working as missionaries in different parts of Africa.

“We are celebrating the generosity and support of our benefactors from Nigeria and different parts of the world who support us by their prayers and financial contributions and continue to make the work possible.

“We are celebrating the great welcome that Ibadan and Nigeria has given to the SMA since we first came to Ibadan in 1894 and to the work of the Formation House over the past 25 years,” according to a statement from the group.

The Society was founded by a Frenchman, Melchior de Marion Bresillac in Lyons, France on December 8, 1856.

The aim of the Society was to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to places in Africa that had not yet heard this Good News.

“The Good News of Jesus Christ is not just a book or an oral message. It is a whole way of life,” it noted.

The founder, Bresillac, arrived in Freetown Sierra Leone in 1859, but died six weeks later from yellow fever. Those he left behind in France decided to continue his work.

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