Maryknoll in the Land of Kilimanjaro

by Arthur Wille

Maryknoll began its missionary work in Tanganyika, East Africa with the arrival of Fathers William Collins, Albert Good, Joseph Brannigan and Louis Bayless in Nyegina Mission in 1946. They were welcomed by the Missionaries of Africa (formerly called the White Fathers) under whose tutelage they would learn the tribal languages and culture. Each week the priests spent 2 to 3 days visiting the people in their homes. 

William Collins and Lou Bayless began working with the Kwaya people along the shores of Lake Victoria. Bert Good and Joe Brannigan moved to north Mara Region to work with the Luo and Kurya peoples respectively. Knowledge of the tribal languages and culture were important for the work of primary evangelization which became the main focus of Maryknoll's work.