Catholic Evangelization through Scripture and Prison Ministry.

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

August 18th, 1989 - Present

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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 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


August 18th, 1989 - Present









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

Deacon Ken’s Reflection on Sunday’s Gospel reading:
JOHN 11:1‑45

Jesus had been preaching in the small towns and villages beyond the Jordan, when he received the news of Lazarus’ sickness. He knew that he would find Lazarus dead when he arrived in Bethany, but he also knew that he was going to perform a great miracle. The village of Bethany was just a little east of Jerusalem on the way to Jericho. The two sisters thought that they had a right to expect help from the Lord. They stepped forward and claimed that help.

We need to realize that a claim upon the power of Christ is the right of every one of his children. Once we have been redeemed by him, we belong to him. The contrast between the two women was very noticeable. Martha was the doer and Mary was the people person. Martha was irritated because Mary was not doing her kind of work. There was a definite clash between drudgery and devotion. Martha was looking more at things instead of person. She was looking at the tasks of the house and all the chores instead of remembering that she was part of a greater partnership of love.

That day her devotion turned into drudgery and Jesus admonished her for overlooking his wants. He wanted her receptivity, her presence, and companionship, but she had other ideas about his wants. So she cleaned and cooked, while Mary listened and conversed with Jesus. He told this to Martha, and he is telling you this very same message today.

Do you place your attention on things instead of people? Do you worry more about what your home looks like when a friend stops by to say hello? Are you afraid to tell a friend about how unhappy you are with your job? Do your children seem like they are drifting away from their faith or family? Jesus shows us tremendous insight in Mary’s ability to talk, listen and wait on the Lord. We need to do this more often. We need to wait on the Lord. He will come to us in many different places and in many different ways. He told the women that he is the resurrection and the life, and we are not to worry.

Is he the resurrection of your life? Martha was an activist and Mary was a contemplative and they both were loved by Jesus. The activist pushes on to new frontiers and the contemplative waits and prays for God’s guidance and direction first. We need them both and Jesus looks to us to be bold and yet prudent in our walk to the kingdom. The Lord knew what he was doing in Lazarus’ life and he knows what he is doing in ours. Listen to him ‑ Listen to him ‑ Listen to him!
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