Masaka Diocese


1. History
In the year 1995 CWM came to Masaka, and it started in five pilot parishes. These parishes have been in Butende, Kitaasa, Kitovu, Kyamaganda and Kyamuliibwa. Today the CWM in Masaka has 56 Base-groups.


 Chairperson  Mbaziira Gonzaga
 Vice Chairperson Nanziri Mary
 Treasurer  Katumba Gerald
 Youth Representative  Kibuye Charles
 Women Representative  Namagembe Molly
 Project Coordinator (+ CW-SLA Coordinator) Ssozi George
 Publicity Secretary  Kibalama Augustine
 Diocesan Secretary  Muyanja Charles
 Chaplain  Rev. Fr. Paul Kaberuka

3. Base Groups
The CWM in Masaka has 62 Base Groups. These ones are to find in the following parishes:

1. Bbuuliro 17. Kabuwoko 33. Kyabakuza 49. Mbiriizi
2. Bethlehem 18. Kaliiro 34. Kyamaganda 50. Mbuye
3. Bigada 19. Kalungu 35. Kyamuliibwa 51. Mpambire
4. Biikira 20. Kasozi 36. Kyansi 52. Mutukula
5. Bisanje 21. Katimba 37. Kyanukuzi 53. Namabaale
6. Bukasa 22. Katovu-Ggavu 38. Kyazanga 54. Narozari
7. Bukoto 23. Katwe 39. Lukaya 55. Nazareth
8. Bukulula 24. Kijjukizo 40. Luvule 56. Nkoni
9. Bumangi 25. Kimaanya 41. Lwaggulwe 57. Ntuusi
10. Busagula 26. Kindu 42. Lwamaggwa 58. Ssanje
11. Busibo 27. Kinoni 43. Lwebitakuli 59. Ssaza
12. Butende 28. Kirowooza 44. Makondo 60. Ssembabule
13. Buyaga 29. Kisojjo 45. Makuukuulu 61. Sserinnya
14. Buyamba 30. Kitaasa 46. Mannya 62. Villa aria
15. Buyoga 31. Kitovu 47. Matale  
16. Bwesa 32. Kiziba 48. Mateete  

4. CW-SLA Groups
52 SLA Groups came up in these Parishes:

1. Bisanje (2 SLA Groups)
2. Bukoto (4 SLA Groups)
3. Bukulula (5 SLA Groups)
4. Busagula (1 SLA Group)
5. Butende (1 SLA Group)
6. Buyoga (2 SLA Groups)
7. Kabuwoko (4 SLA Groups)
8. Kasozi (2 SLA Groups)
9. Katimba (6 SLA Groups)
10. Kimaanya (1 SLA Group)
11. Kitaasa (2 SLA Groups)
12. Kitovu (4 SLA Groups)
13. Kyamaganda (3 SLA Groups)
14. Kyazanga (3 SLA Groups)
15. Lukaya (2 SLA Groups)
16. Lwebitakuli (5 SLA Groups)
17. Makondo (2 SLA Groups)
18. Matale (1 SLA Group)
19. Mbuye (1 SLA Group)
20. Narozari (1 SLA Group)

5. CW-SLA Support Team

 Supervisor  Charles Muyanja
 Analyst  Mary Nanziri
 Analyst  Jane Nannono
 Analyst Mbazira Gonzaga
 Trainer  Margaret Nakabende
 Trainer  Charles Batte Wasswa
 Trainer  Josephine Bukirwa
 Trainer  Joseph Lukwago
 Trainer  Bernie Kizito
 Trainer  Herman Ssempungu
 Trainer  Katumba Gerald
 Trainer  Anthony Kasule

6. Youth- & Women´s Desk
At the moment the CWM in Masaka has ten Groups of the Youth Desk and ten Groups of the Women´s Desk which are to find in the following parishes:

Youth Desk Women´s Desk
Bukulula Bukulula
Butende Bumangi
Kabuwoko Kitovu
Kaliiro Busugula
Kalungu Kabuwoko
Katovu Kinoni
Kitovu Kyamaganda
Makondo Matale
Mbuye Mateete

7. Projects
This is a list of all projects which are founded, supported or build up by CWM Masaka itself.

1. Goat keeping 7. Tree growing
2. Poultry 8. Commercial building
3. Cattle keeping 9. Millers
4. Agriculture 10. Chairs & Tens renting
5. Support of Schools 11. Water harvesting
6. Support of Orphans  

8. Activities
Next to the SLA and the projects, the CWM in Masaka organises the following activities.
1. Scheduled DEXCO Meetings
2. DEXCO visit of SLA-Groups
3. Labour Day Celebration
4. Workshops for different issues


Catholic Workers Movement Masaka the Final Handbook:


The CWM Masaka Handbook

  1. Brief History of CWM

CWM is an abbreviation of the ‘CATHOLIC WORKERS’ MOVEMENT.

Catholic Workers Movement is a Lay Apostolate Movement under the Catholic Church in Uganda with a mission to promote solidarity and encourage the members to take collective action towards Social Change and achievement of Social Justice at work.



CWM was founded in 1846 by Rev. Fr. WILHEIM EMMANUEL FRETHERR VON KETTLER (1811 – 1877) in Germany.

He was later CONSECRATED Bishop.

Those who read the history of Europe are aware that in the 19th Century, Europe was at crossroads mainly because of socio-economic factors. It shall be recalled that between the 14th and

17th centuries Europe experienced a wave of dramatic changes and new ideas in Art, Literature and Science. This period is    commonly known as RENAISSANCE. This culminated in the     INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION in the 19th Century. This is the time when many people in Europe rushed to towns (rural – urban migration) to seek jobs in factories:

  • It is a time when the whole family, including children, was employed in those factories to earn a living. But the entrepreneur or factory owners and Landlords exploited their employees to the extent that many people still remained poor much as they all left their homes to work.
  • It was around this time that KARL-MARX authored and founded a practical but irrational approach to solve the poor working conditions and poor wages. He urged the workers to mobilize and arrest all the landlords and factory owners and kill them! Then, the workers could take over and own the land and the factories.
  • However, Fr. Emmanuel Von Kettler, opposed this un-Christian approach to solving issues at hand. Instead, he opted for amicable means by mobilizing the workers into a lobbying force and use Christian principles and means to change the status-quo.
  • In 1846, he founded the Catholic Workers’ Movement (Katholische Arbeitnehmer Bewegung – KAB) with the aim to practise Christianity, work towards self-help and be a voice of the voiceless.

By 1933, CWM had taken root and covered almost the whole of Germany. In 1966, CWM was recognized and approved by the Holy See.

Today, CWM covers all the continents with very strong roots in Europe. Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The ultimate goal of this collective action is continuous education to improve the livelihoods of all the Catholic workers and their families.


Rt. Rev. Adrian K.Ddungu (RIP)
Werner Reiter (RIP)

The CWM started in Masaka Diocese in 1995. This was after protracted talks, discussions and contacts of the Bishop of Masaka Diocese Rt. Rev. Adrian K. Ddungu (RIP) with friends of KAB – Germany

In 1995 Mr. Werner Reiter (Yiga) and his wife Mrs. Agnes Reiter (Nakawungu)came to Masaka- Uganda to introduce and establish the Movement. Pilot parishes (Butende, Kitaasa, Kitovu, Kyamaganda and Kyamuliibwa) were identified and after an introduction seminar CWM “was born” in Uganda (Masaka Diocese).

CWM was warmly welcomed in the Diocese by both the Laity and the Clergy and continued to spread many parishes of the diocese.

In 1998 CWM was spread into other Dioceses of Kampala and Kiyinda-Mityana with Jinja as a contact Diocese.

Currently CWM has spread in the following Dioceses:

Arua, Fortportal, Gulu, Hoima, Jinja, Kabale, Kampala, Kasana-Luweero, Kasese, Kiyinda-Mityana, Masaka and Tororo.

The map of Uganda showing Dioceses where CWM exists

  1. Vision and Mission:  

Vision: A Society Free from Social Injustice.

      Mission: To Encourage the Members to Take Collective Action towards Social Change using the             Principles of the Catholic Church.

  • Objectives of CWM.

Below are some of the possible actions that can be done per CWM objective.

a. Strengthening Personal faith

  • CWM Prayer
  • Bible Sharing
  • Attending Mass
  • Participating in Church choir      .                      
  • Attending Retreats                                             personal and group involvement (Spiritual Motive)
  • Participating in Pilgrims
  • Ushering
  • Observing Lent and Advent seasons
  • Receiving sacraments.
  • Charitable actions
  • Special offertories

b. Solidarity

  • Celebrating1st May (St. Joseph the Worker’s Day)
  • Carrying out 36-Hour and 72-Hour Actions
  • Performing Charitable actions
  • Making Internal Base-group visits  
  • Making Base-group Exchange Visits
  • Making Diocesan visits                                                                               social motive of CWM
  • Strengthening Partnerships                                                                                                   
  • Organising Routine Get-togethers
  • Carrying out Solidarity actions and Contributions
  • Appreciating/Accommodating/Understanding of our different realities
  • Working as a Team(Team work)
  • Etc…

c. Help to self help

  • Sensitisation about Self-awareness, Promotion of

Self-reliance and development

  • Identifying viable income-generating projects for

Members and Organisation                                                               CWM economic empowerment 

  • Soliciting for Resources
  • Promoting culture of Saving(CW-SLA)          
  • Planning, Implementing , Monitoring and Evaluating projects
  • Environment protection

d. Voice of the voiceless

  • Holding leadership Trainings
  • Full participation in all leadership opportunities in church and State
  • Supporting members in leadership positions
  • Carrying out Civic Education                                                                             A socio-political
  • Supporting the needy                                                                                      motive of CWM
  • Identifying resourceful persons within the group and the community
  • Advocating for the Marginalised

In order to achieve the above objectives, the following shall be ensured.

Strengthening Institutional capacity of CWM.

  • Home for CWM Masaka
  • CWM meeting points at different levels
  • Attracting new members
  • Empowering CWM Desks
  • Recruiting  Competent CWM Personnel
  • Regular Monitoring and evaluations of  CWM plans
  • Routine Meetings
  • Effective communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Publicity (CWM Symbols, Brochures, T-shirts , Shirts, Banners, CWM flags, Cards, Calendars, adverts, Badges, caps, website, etc…)
  • Structure of CWM Masaka
  • CWM Methods of Work

SEE, JUDGE and ACT methodology.

To be aware of the present situation in the Self, Family, Society (Church and State) and the World through analysis of events. This calls for a reflection on the causes and consequences of the events and from the perspective of CWM objectives, hence come up with solutions that shall be translated into actions. If together we make efforts to bring forth good deeds, then we will feel more strongly that we belong to the same family. We employ the See-Judge-Act methodology in dealing within the Organisation (CWM).

  • Membership of CWM

Confer with CWM Uganda Constitution (Article 9 CWM constitution 2014).

Being a Member of   CWM is an extremely important factor and worthy to be understood clearly.

  • This identifies a Member from all other organizations. It is one’s Identity.
  • This unites one with other Members as one cannot be a “Member” alone.
  • It requires one to respect the organization guidelines and to try by all means to be in the know.
  • Requires one to participate as an Individual and with other Members.
  • To regularly attend meetings, and Participate in other organizational events.
  • All members are equal in the organization and NO ONE is inferior and NO ONE is Superior.


  • CWM Membership begins with one‘s commitment followed by actions ( e.g. Trust, Respect, Cooperation,Transparency and Team work)
  • To pay fees as stipulated in the constitution of CWM Uganda.
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a CWM Leadership
    • Chaplain ( spiritual director)
  • Make pastoral Visits.
  • Liaising with other Chaplains
  • Organise Retreats for the Members
  • Enrich the Annual Theme with the Spiritual Aspect
  • Bridge CWM with the Church structures
  • Conduct/Attend CWM Meetings at different levels
  • Counsel members and Base-groups 
  • Providing knowledge about basic Christian communities
  • Mobilise Resources for the movement
  • Monitor projects
  • Reporting

b. Chairperson (Base-group / Diocesan):

  • Shall be the Executive head of CWM.
  • Shall call sessions and meetings of CWM and preside over them, except those meetings where it has been provided otherwise especialy in matters against him/her..
  • Shall sign minutes of the last session/meeting after confirmation by the session/meeting.
  • Shall have the right to order the closure of a discussion and to put the matter to a vote.
  • Shall append signature on all CWM official documents.
  • Shall have no casting vote right.
  • The decisions of the Chairperson on any question of procedure at Sessions/Meeting shall be final.

c.  Vice-Chairperson:

  • Shall be in-charge of the elderly members (Senior Citizens).
    • Shall perform the duties of the Chairperson in his/her absence or as assigned by the Chairperson and the council/ executive.

d. Publicity Secretary:

  • Attend all Sessions of the General Assembly, all meetings of the Executive Committee.
  • Perform such other duties as from time to time may be required by the DEXCO or PEXCO.
  • Be the spokesperson of CWM.
  • Arrange publicity and dissemination of information to members.

e. Treasurer:

  •  Attend all Sessions of the General Assembly, all Meetings of the Executive Committee and to chair meetings of the Finance Committee.
  • Receive all money payable to CWM and to issue receipts thereof.
  • Pay all money owing to CWM  and to obtain receipts thereof.
  • Keep in business-like manner all financial books and accounts of CWM.
  • To prepare the Annual Accounts and Balance Sheet with any schedules required and avail them in time for auditing.
  • Produce any cash at hand, books of account and other documents to any person of authority on demand.
  • Perform such other financial duties as from time to time may be required by this constitution.
  • Draft and write financial project proposals plus looking for other ways of getting money for CWM.
  • Shall be the Principal Signatory on all CWM accounts.

f. Projects Coordinator

  • Shall initiate and scrutinize all projects run by CWM.
  • Shall sensitize members and identify for them suitable trainers in project identification, management and evaluation.
  • Shall work hand-in-hand with the Treasurer in monitoring projects right from proposal to evaluation stage.
  • Shall supervise and monitor all projects run by CWM and report to the  Executive Committee.
  • Shall chair meetings of all CWM Project Coordinators.
  • Shall attend all meetings of the CWM Executive Committee and the General Assembly.
  • Shall perform any duty assigned by the CWM  Executive Committee or the General Assembly.

g. Women Representative

  • Shall be the leader / Chairperson of the Women’s Desk and therefore chair all meetings of the women’s desk.
  • Shall be responsible for mobilization of more women to CWM.
  • Shall coordinate all women activities in CWM.
  • Shall be responsible for initiating, monitoring and evaluating all women’s projects and report to the Main stream
  • Shall be responsible for capacity building of the women members to enable them fit and be useful to the church and to their respective communities.
  • Shall attend all meetings of the executive committee and the General assembly.
  • Shall perform any other duty assigned by the Executive Committee or the General assembly
  • Counseling , advising , guiding younger peoppl to fit in their society

h. Youth Representative

  • Shall be the leader / Chairperson of the Youth Desk and therefore chair all meetings of the Youth desk.
  • Shall be responsible for mobilization of more youths to CWM.
  • Shall coordinate all Youth activities at all levels.
  • Shall be responsible for initiating, monitoring and evaluating all Youth projects and report to the Main stream
  • Shall be responsible for capacity building of the Youth members to enable them fit and be useful to the church and to their respective communities.
  • Shall attend all meetings of the executive committee and the General assembly.

As a leader

  • Make sure CWM Prayer is led before any CWM function.
  • In case of a Meeting, prepare the Agenda, Minutes and all that is needed.
  • Arrange the venue
  • Inform Members about the Meeting in time
  • Give Members a chance to freely deliberate on issues
  • Have a Timely Work plan
  • Be a Model and exemplary to all
  • Mobilise Resources for the Movement
  • Be Transparent
  • Implement policies of the Movement
  • Regularly update Members about new developments
  • Avoid being dictatorial
  • CWM desks
  1. Women Desk

Women are a major driving factor in the development of CWM. In many societies Women have been referred to as a marginalized group. For this reason therefore, CWM has offered a separate desk for women in which they generate potentials to full membership in CWM.

This desk offers:

  • Platform for Women to identify and Speak out their challenges,
  • An opportunity for them to share their potentials and speak out for marginalized women. 
  • Women Empowerment in CWM,
  • Counseling of Members,
  • Encouragement of Women to participate in Church and State leadership.
  • Dialogue on Cultural values that impact on them.
  • Identification of projects viable for Women.
  • Encourage young girls to embrace the Movement.
  •  Youths Desk (Young Catholic Workers Movement -YCWM).

YCWM is a desk of the Catholic Workers Movement. It is also described as the Nursery Bed of CWM.  It organises Programmes at Base-group/ Parish, School, Diocesan and National level based on the CWM core objectives  

Membership is open to both Male and Female Catholic youth who willingly choose to embrace the values of CWM.  Members of the Youth desk are automatic members of the CWM.

YCWM Work includes:

  • Promoting CWM Values from the grassroots and grooming Future CWM Members
  • Promoting practical education and nurturing CWM Culture.
  • Basics of youth work
  • Individual and social learning experience.
  • Discovering and promoting the Talents and abilities of Young People.
  • Reflecting upon own situation and develop a life Perspective.
  • Participation and Possibility to experience democracy and responsibility.
  • Promote self-Organisation, Mobilisation and self-discipline

YCWM offers: –

  • Sensitisation of Working values among young people
  • Formation & support of Youth desks in CWM base groups.
  • Formation of YCWM Clubs in Institutions.
  • Information and advice about the good practice of youth work.
  • Educational Workshops e.g. DO IT Yourself workshops, 72 Hour Actions, etc.
  • Training and preparing young people with an aim of making them responsible citizens.
  • Individual HELP to Young workers through correspondence, Visits and meetings.
  • Sustainability of CWM

The sustainability of CWM begins with the member (YOU and I) understanding, internalizing and committing himself/herself to the core objectives of the Movement.

The following are some of the ways of sustaining the movement:

  • Membership fees and Annual Subscription fees
    • Empowering CWM Desks
    • Setting up CWM Home   
    • Fundraising actions
    • Projects
    • Strategic Planning

 Catholic Workers Savings and Loans Association (CW-SLA)

A Catholic Workers Savings and Loans Association, CW-SLA is a group of 10-20 self selected people who regularly save together and take small loans from those Savings.


CW-SLA main principles:   

  1. Self Selection of Members in a group of 10 -20 people who save together and take small loans from the Loan Fund build up over time out of those savings. This group must be composed of members who trust each other and can regularly meet and buy 1-5 shares.
  2. Self administration:

A group has 5-person management committee elected for one Cycle (1 year). This management committee takes on the whole administration of the group. No body outside takes the administration of the group.

  • Self responsibility

A group receives training from a CW Trainer for a period of time. Thereafter, the group takes whole responsibility of its affairs. The trainer only gives accompaniment to the group.

  • Transparency

All transactions are performed at Meetings infront of all Members. Every member is always in the KNOW about all the transactions performed in every meeting.

Who should join a CW SLA?

CWM Members forming a CW SLA group shall fulfill the following criteria:

  • Know each other and be from a similar economic background.
  • Not live too far from where the meetings will be held
  • Have a reputation for Honesty and reliability
  • Be able to attend all meetings and attend them on time
  • Follow all rules
  • Have a cooperative personality. Someone who is known to create conflict should probably not join
  • Be able to buy at least one share each meeting
  • Be able to repay loans on time
  • There is only one member from the same household. It is better if members from the same household join different CW SLAs
  • The CWM Uganda logo:

This logo has the following components:

  • Map of Uganda,
    • Cross for Catholicity,
    • Two hands implying being workers – and partnership with KAB.
    • Banana plant as a fruit of our work and as a cross-cutting plant implying Uganda is an agricultural country.

MOTTO: See, Judge and Act.              


Date issued 20210917