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:
MATTHEW 4:12‑23

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He left Judah and returned home to Nazareth, His hometown. He didn’t stay long because of opposition and apathy of the local hometown people. He began His preaching ministry by going from one small town to another. He left Nazareth and headed for Capernaum which was to become His home base during His ministry in Galilee. Capernaum was a very busy city and Jesus’ message would be heard by many people. He also would be able to have more resources and support for His ministry. Isaiah’s prophecy (9:1‑2) was fulfilled in that Jesus was the light to the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, the region of Galilee in which Capernaum was located.

Matthew uses the phrase “kingdom of heaven” out of respect to the Jews because in reverence they did not pronounce God’s name. Jesus probably meant the kingdom of heaven is near because when Jesus is in a man’s heart, the kingdom of God is definitely near. We need to know that we do not have to go out and search the wide world over to find God. He is right here within, and all we need to do is call out His name, confess with our lips and believe in our heart (Romans 10:10‑17). Jesus began His ministry where John the Baptist left off, and the message is the same today, “Turn from sin and turn to God.” When we become followers of Christ, we turn away from our self‑centeredness and self‑control.

Jesus called the brothers to come follow Him and become fishers of men. He is calling us to do the same things. Are you going to fish or cut bait? These men probably had already heard about Jesus through His preaching in the area but after personally experiencing His love, and hearing His call, they immediately responded to the invitation.

Jesus is teaching, preaching, and healing today as much as He was in today’s Gospel. He is teaching us how to bring others to Him and be saved. He is preaching the Good News through His people today, like you and me. He certainly is healing people today, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus preached the Good News to everyone who wanted to hear it. The Good News is that God became man, that God is with us in the Holy Spirit, and that He cares very much for us. Rejoice and be glad that there is no sin or problem too great or too small for Him to handle.

Today, as in the days of Isaiah, Jesus the Messiah is a “Light to the Land.”
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