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Date of Birth - 24 of April 1940,
Ordained Diocesan Priest -
Teacher in the Rubya Seminary -
Assistant Parish Priest at Bumai Parish -
Teacher in the Rubya Seminary - 1971 ,
Assistant Parish Priest at Bukoba Cathedral Parish -
( 1971-1974 ) ,
Parish Priest at Bukoba Cathedral Parish - ( 1974-1978 ) ,
University Graduate at St. Paul's Ottawa, Canada - ( 1978-1980 ) ,
Diocesan Director / Lay Apostolate - ( 1980-2013) ,
Representative of the International Praeses Msgr Henry Festing at the Official Opening of Kampala Kolping Hotel in Uganda
04 of April 1998 ,
Ecumenical Kihaya Bible Translation Committee Chairman - ( 1983-1984 ) ,
Diocesan Pastoral Council Secretary - ( 1984-1986 ) ,
Founder of Kolping Society of Tanzania - 28 0f June 1989 ,
Incharge of Diocesan Theological Commission - (1990-To date ) ,
Diocesan Director of AIDS Control Programme(KAKAU) - (1991-To date ) ,
Member of the Board of International Kolping Society - (1991-To date ) ,
Diploma in Politics of Cooperation for Development in Chile - 1993 ,
Special Prize for Solar Energy Promotion in Kagera Region in Hannover Germany - 2000 ,
Head of Africa Kolping Association (AKA) - ( 2000-2004 ) ,
Bestowed Special Service Award from the International Kolping in Vienna/Austria - 2006 ,
Official Certifcate of Recognition from Rotary International for the remarkable Contribution in Kagera Regional Development - 2007
Autobiography - Fr.ADOLPH - KOLPING
Priest, social reformist, publicist, pastor and "father of the journeymen" – all these activities mark Adolph Kolping (1813-1865).
Adolph Kolping was born in Kerpen near Cologne, Germany,
and grew up in a poor family. After a short time at school at the age of 13 he started an apprenticeship as shoemaker.
He spent ten years in this profession, travelling around from one place to another like all journeymen did.
At the age of 23 he took an unusual step when he decided to become a priest. He attended the Marzellen grammar school in Cologne
and had to earn his living himself. Afterwards he studied theology in Munich and Bonn.
On April 13, 1845 Adolph Kolping was ordained in the Church of the Minor Friars in Cologne.
His first position as a priest was in Wuppertal-Elberfeld.
There he saw the poverty of the workers caused by industrialisation and the social change it brough with it.
Because of the breakdown of the guild system the journeymen lost their homes in the families of their masters.
In Elberfeld he got to know an organization for journeymen which had been founded a short time before by the teacher
Johann Gregor Breuer. He was elected Praeses of this association. Kolping recognised this organisation as being a way
of overcoming social problems.
Help for self-help, bringing out social change by changing people, this is how his approach was later described.
Soon Kolping came to Cologne where on May 6, 1849 he founded the first catholic jouneymen's association, the
predecessor of today's Kolping family. The idea of self-help and community help quickly spread through Europe and beyond.
Adolph Kolping's beatification ceremony took place in Rome on October 27, 1991. Today his life's work continues in more
than 60 countries around the world.
EXPANSION OF FATHER ADOLPH KOLPING'S WORK:
“The signs of the times will teach you what needs to be done.” (Adolph Kolping)
Father Kolping’s time was one of great sociological changes: while, on the one hand, industrial potential and wealth increased tremendously, enormous misery came upon thousands and thousands on the other hand.
As a shoemaker’s apprentice and journeyman, he personally experienced how the escalating industrialization forced many tradesmen to look for work in the mushrooming factories. The traditional social structures of small trade shops, in which the journeymen found a family along with employment, gradually disappeared. This resulted in the growing uprooting and degeneration of the journeymen.
In order to participate in finding solutions to these great social problems, Father Kolping established the Journeymen’s Association. His goal was to offer the journeymen not only support and a home, but also the additional skills, which would enable them to mould their lives meaningfully and responsibly from a Christian perspective. The local Journeymen’s Associations were to be a ‘family-like community’ for the journeymen, a solidarity community, where everyone could find support and help in times of need. The Journeymen Houses, which he established one after another in the larger cities, were intended to give the migrant journeymen a roof over their heads and a “home away from home’.
An integral part of the Associations program was ongoing occupation-related education, especially reading, writing, and arithmetic, to enable the journeymen to up-grade them-selves to become master tradesmen. In addition, there were also informative talks and religious events. The young men were to become upstanding Christians and competent tradesmen, as well as good citizens, who were to be actively involved in shaping the societal conditions – that was the wish of the ‘Father of the Journeymen’.
Even during Father Kolping’s lifetime, his idea and his work spread beyond Germany’s borders to other European countries. Further expansion of the organization was interrupted again and again by wars throughout Central Europe. After World War II, the Kolping societies were banned in the Communist governed countries of Eastern Europe, and their assets were confiscated. Expansion beyond Europe occurred at the beginning of the 20th century, where German emigrants founded the first Kolping Families in the USA, in Canada, and in Brazil.
The impetus for today’s world-wide expansion came during the International Kolping Convention in 1968 in Salzburg, Austria. Inspired by Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Populorum progression”, the leaders of the organization decided to direct more of their efforts toward the international social problems and development aid. Over the following three decades, the International Kolping Society grew rapidly – the first National Kolping Society outside Europe was established in 1974 in Latin America (Brazil), and National Kolping Societies followed in Africa and Asia. Since the collapse of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1989, National Kolping Societies have been re-established and newly founded there, too.
Since the end of the 20th century, the International Kolping Society is concentrating more on solidifying existing structures and the founding of new Kolping Families in existing National Kolping societies in order to strengthen the network of international solidarity. The International Kolping Society presently has about half a million members in 63 countries around the world.
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