Catholic Evangelization through Scripture and Prison Ministry.

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

Newsletters began in May 1982

Incorporated August 18th, 1989 - Present


St. Dismas Guild is a Catholic non-profit (Publisher and Distributor) organization began in 1982. Our 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 over a hundred 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.  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 Bread of Life Bible Study Workbook. Everyone is welcome to download and print our Bible Study lessons each week by going to ~

Currently we send out approximately 30 packages each week (standard package - Bible, Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study Workbook, Basic Catechism booklet, various pamphlets including the rosary prayers and a list of all our books) to prison facilities (currently in 995) all across the United States and over 4,000 Monthly Newsletters.

We also offer a faith-based 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


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.”





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 the upcoming Sunday’s Mass by printing and completing The Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study. FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Feb. 5th) ‑ CYCLE A, (“You are the light of the world.”) This is a #liturgical Bible Study written by Deacon Ken and Marie Finn the founders of our Prison Ministry. It follows the Sunday readings with questions and commentary to help prepare us for Mass. Individual Lessons are available for Download.…… View and print the lessons…… To Purchase a Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study workbook - Cycle A, send an Email to or Call our office @ 760-466-7001. Leave us your name and address and we will get your Order out, with an Invoice, to you right away. We ask for a Suggested Donation of $20 per workbook plus $5 Shipping Cost.You may pay by sending a check to our P.O. Box or leave a donation on our website under the donation tab. …… #BibleStudies #CatholicBibleStudy #breadoflifebiblestudy#biblestudy #catholicfaith #catholic #catholicfaith #christianity #biblestudylesson #spirituality #faith #faithful #faithfulness ... See MoreSee Less
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