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

“Lord, when did we see you …in prison, and not minister to your needs?” Matthew 25:44


St. Dismas Guild is a PRISON, PRO-LIFE, and PRO-FAMILY, Ministry in union with the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

We are a Catholic non-profit (Publisher and Distributor) organization which 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.

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 any formal 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 about 140 letters each month from inmates. When we receive a request, that person’s name is placed in our database, along with their request, and added to 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. We also make our Bible Study available in INDIVIDUAL LESSONS each week, Free of Charge, for Everyone to download and print 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 over 1033) 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
all across the United States,
may be made out to:
St. Dismas Guild, PO Box 2129, Escondido CA 92033
Or go to our Donations Page to pay by Credit Card.