Catholic Evangelization through Scripture and Prison Ministry.

Listen to a talk with Deacon Ken and Marie Finn on marriage and family life.

Serving Since August 18th, 1989 - Present

Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

St. Dismas Guild is a Catholic non-profit (Publisher and Distributor) organization begun in 1989, whose mission is to bring Jesus Christ, the Word of God, to the broken, the lost and the lonely, the sick and the imprisoned. St. Dismas Guild is a prison, pro-life and pro-family, ministry in union with the magisterium of the Catholic Church.


Inspired by Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Dismas Guild began with the encouragement of (the late) Deacon Ken and Marie Finn to evangelize the poorest of the poor by writing and distributing Catholic books and materials Free of Charge to prisoners and to those who cannot afford them.  We rely on donations and volunteer workers to make this Ministry possible but do not participate in fund raising events.

St. Dismas Guild publishes and distributes teaching aids and commentaries on Holy Scripture, as well as other books and materials that promote Catholic family values.  All our books are soft cover and are mailed in boxes or cardboard mailers, Library Rate and take up to 3 weeks to arrive.

We receive hundreds of letters each month. When we receive a request, the person’s name is placed in our database and on our mailing list to receive a Monthly Newsletter and their letter is placed in our Chapel to be prayed for.  We welcome personal testimonies and questions for our newsletter, although we cannot publish each one we receive.

We encourage each inmate to request a Bible and Bible Study Workbook. Everyone is welcome to visit our Website and download our Bible Study lessons each week by going to ~

Currently we send out approximately 30 packages Each Week (standard package - Bible, Bible Study Workbook, Basic Catechism booklet, various pamphlets including the rosary prayers and a list of all our books)  to prison facilities (currently in over 800) all across the United States and over 4,000 Monthly Newsletters.

St. Dismas also offers a mentoring program, men to men and women to women only.

Thank you for your interest in St. Dismas Guild.
Please keep this Ministry in your prayers.

Thank you and blessings,
St. Dismas Guild Director





Donations to help us send free resources to prisoners
or those who cannot afford them
may be made out to:
St. Dismas Guild, PO Box 2129, Escondido CA 92033

Prepare for this coming Sunday's GOSPEL Readings by answering these THE BREAD OF LIFE CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY Questions...


Scripture Link -

("The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone...")

1. What did the property owner do to the vineyard he planted, and to whom did he lease it? Matthew 21:33

2. What did the property owner do at vintage time, and how did the tenants respond? Matthew 21:34-35

3. What did the property owner do a second time, and how were the slaves treated? Matthew 21:36

4. Whom did he finally send, and how did he feel they would treat him? Matthew 21:37

5. What did the tenants say when they saw the vineyard owner's son? Matthew 21:38

6. Whom has God made heir of all things? Hebrews 1:1-2

7. How have we become heirs in hope of eternal life?
Titus 3:4-7

8. What did the tenants do to the son? Matthew 21:39

9. What was the question Jesus asked in Matthew 21:40, and what was their reply? Matthew 21:41

10. From what did Jesus ask if they read? Who is the stone
which the builders rejected, and what has he become?
Matthew 21:42, Acts 4:10-11

11. Who made this stone the cornerstone, and how do we find it? Matthew 21:42

12. For this reason, what will happen to the kingdom of God? Matthew 21:43

PERSONAL - In what way has Jesus become the keystone in your life? He is either an obstacle or the keystone for you to succeed in this life and the next. Read 1 Peter 2:4-8 and repent of the times you have rejected the Lord.



"In this parable Jesus is showing the chief priests and the elders the incredible patience and mercy of God. To His chosen people God has given a fertile and productive vineyard for their homeland. He did all of this to prepare them for the future Messiah. All He asked of them was their cooperation. But, as we see in this story, they had other plans. They wanted their kingdom on earth and they wanted it now. Does this sound famili¬ar?

God was extremely patient with His people. He sent them..."


To Read Deacon Ken's Entire Reflection go to our Website -

Thank you for being prepared for the Gospel Message.
St. Dismas Guild staff

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