The Kolping Society of Tanzania was established in 1989 after the then Diocesan Bishop of Bukoba, the Right Reverend Bishop Nestor Timanywa, gave his consent for its establishment. Under the persuasion and guidance of the Director of the Lay Apostolate in Bukoba Diocese, Very Rev. Msgr. David Kamugisha, twelve members in Bukoba Parish formed a Kolping Family which was formally inaugurated in June of that year. From Bukoba Diocese the Society has spread to the other dioceses of Rulenge Ngara, Kigoma, Sumbawanga, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Morogoro, Kayanga, Mbulu, Musoma, Bunda, Same, Arusha, Singida, Tabora, Kayanga, Iringa, Songea, Dodoma and Geita. The KST has over 15,000 registered members (men and women) countrywide from 370 self-help groups or Local Kolping Families in 145 parishes of the above dioceses.

Mission Statement

Motivated by the Gospel concept of abundant life for all and in the light of the vision of our founder Blessed Adolph Kolping, we the members of the Kolping Society of Tanzania, commit ourselves to contribute towards bringing about holistic and sustainable progress and development in Tanzania by responding to present day challenges relating to spiritual, socio-political, environmental and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities through the application of Kolping programmes.

Vision Statement

To secure the dignity of the human being through the integral engagements of the KST’s members and groups. Man / Woman, being at the center of every activity, is to be assisted to develop his / her abilities and talents for his/ her good and for the common good.