The early work of Maryknoll focused on primary evangelization, establishing parishes, building schools and clinics, and proclaiming the Word of God in places where it had never been heard. Maryknoll founded the dioceses of Shinyanga and Musoma in Tanzania and built many of the churches and rectories there. Nowadays, there is less need for construction work, but the pastoral needs of the faithful are ever increasing. The African people have enthusiastically embraced Christianity, and the Catholic Church is growing faster in Africa than on any other continent in the world. In response to this spiritual need, Maryknollers continue to serve as pastors, preachers, and sacramental agents in both rural and urban settings. Our mission work is enriched by collaborating with others who come to Africa in mission, including the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and short-term volunteers.