This East African nation is home to the fastest growing community of Capuchins in the world. In just a few years it is expected that Tanzania will be the largest community of Capuchins in the world. There are 170 young men in formation for the priesthood! The Church is alive, well and growing in East Africa and especially Tanzania. The Capuchins are well known for their solid formation of young men. Expectations are very high for the men accepted, even as many are turned away. Tanzanian Capuchins are on fire with love of the Lord and the Church. When asked to become mission partners in Papua New Guinea, the friars of Tanzania were generous in number and quality. They send their best to the missions! In fact, the superior of the mission in Papua New Guinea is a Tanzanian friar. They are a blessing for the mission. The Seraphic Mass Association has supported major projects in Tanzania to help the friars achieve self-reliance. They are well known as great educators and preachers. The SMA has built schools, expanded seminaries, and established the Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. All are well managed, staffed by young Capuchin friars, and much appreciated by the people of Tanzania.