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The Origin of SMMM Congregation.

The Congregation of Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy is an indigenous male Religious Congregation founded by Most Rev. Anthony Gogo Nwedo, C.S.Sp, of the blessed memory, the pioneer bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia on Sunday, October 25, 1970 (on the Solemnity of Christ the King). The purpose of founding the Congregation is to work for the glory of God, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the salvation of souls. Thus, members, following the footsteps of Christ, bear witness to the infinite mercy of God through a life of compassion, forgiveness and kindness and in this way, make their lives a sign of God’s love for sinful world.

It is a Missionary Congregation of Priests and Brothers and the first indigenous Religious Congregation for men founded in Africa, by an African, for a worldwide mission.

The priest members of the Congregation teach in schools and minister in parishes, while members who are religious brothers make sacred vestments, parishes and care for the sick and needy.


The Congregation has as her habit, white soutane with twenty-one (21) ostensible blue buttons and blue cord (cincture) with tassel. The twenty-one blue buttons represent: the fourteen Stations of the Cross and the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. …READ MORE

The Congregation enjoys the Charism of bearing witness to the Mercy of God by following the footsteps of Christ the Saviour and Mary our Mother of Mercy. This Mercy is expressed in compassion, forgiveness and kindness, in the light of the example of our Divine Master Jesus Christ in the following scriptural references: Lk. 1:39,56; In. 2:3: Mt. 18:21-22; Mt. 9:4.

The spirit of the Congregation is that of Charity, Humility, Prayer, Penance and Abandonment to the will of God. …READ MORE


Some of our members are working here in Nigeria, while others work in Austria, Belgium,

Cameroun, Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg United Kingdom and United States America….READ MORE


  • Mercy Seminary, Bende (formerly Mercy Junior Scholasticate) Umuahia Diocese.
  • Bishop Anthony Nwedo Memorial Boy’s High School, Ossah (formerly Loretto Boys) Umuahia Diocese.
  • Lucy Memorial Secondary School, Amairi Aba Diocese.
  • Holy Family Secondary School, Osusu Aba Diocese.
  • Loretto Boys High School, Osusu Umuelendu, Aba Diocese.
  • Holy Family Secondary School, Mgboko Aba Diocese.
  • Sons of Mary Students’ Community, Ulakwo, Owerri Archdiocese.
  • Holy Family Secondary School, Umundugba Orlu, lmo State.
  • Holy Family Secondary School, Aguneze, Ahiara Diocese.
  • Mother Paul Offiah Memorial Secondary School, Azia Nnewi Diocese.
  • Bishop Nwedo Memorial Group of Schools, Ikorodu, Lagos, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos

Moral Qualification: An unmarried baptized young man of commendable character, who is medically, physically and psychologically fit. One who is eager to see and attend to Christ in the poor and less privilege of the society.


  1. O/Level: Minimum of 5 credits in WASC/GCE/SSCE including English, Mathematics and C. R. K in a single sitting under the age of 23.
  2. A/Level: A good grade in NCE/OND/HND/B.A./B.SC etc, under the age of 27. Candidates in this category must also have a minimum of 5 credits in WASC/GCE/SSCE including English, Mathematics and C. R. K in a single sitting on admission to the tertiary institution.

Moral qualification: the same as mentioned above. Academic qualification: at least JSS certificate or more, with an outstanding profession in any vocational occupation.

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