Under patronage of St. Charles Lwanga, Uganda National Catholic Council of Lay Apostolate (UNCCLA) is a body that brings together in a representative manner Lay Apostolate Associations and Movements, and Councils to foster a better organised and dynamic apostolate in Uganda while serving as a link, avenue and channel for information and communication between Lay Apostolate Associations and Movements, and Councils and between these and other official organs within the Church in Uganda and the Universal Church.
Membership to UNCCLA is of all baptised lay Catholics in Uganda. The Catholic Laity are the ordinary members of the Catholic Church who are neither clergy nor recipients of Holy Orders or vowed to life in a religious order or congregation. They form the majority in the church.
The mission of the Laity, according to the Second Vatican Council, is to “sanctify the world”. The Laity represent Christ and his Church and bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.
The membership of the National Council of UNCCLA is composed of delegates of all Diocesan Councils of the laity and Lay Apostolate Movements and Associations with national recognition. The Parish Councils are affiliate through their diocesan Councils of the Laity representing all laity of that particular territory.
Our Patron is the Bishop Chairman of the Lay Apostolate Commission of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.