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

Please email or call us for more information about our 30th Anniversary Celebrations. 


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

Spiritual Direction with Fr. Rich.

Question about being a pedophile and forgiveness...

Dear J.M., 12/3/19

I speak to you of repentance, forgiveness, temptation, identity, and consequence of sin.

Yes, absolutely God will forgive you IF you repent of your sins and are sorry, even though the temptations may remain!
God will forgive; society, other prisoners, and those offended may not.
Acknowledge the misdeed and the continuing temptation in your life. You have done that in your letter.

We are men and women in Christ, NOT our sins unless we choose to give over to them and identify ourselves by them with the intention of committing them again.

The reestablishment of your identity as a child of God and not “pedophile” is part of the gift of forgiveness.
Still, the consequences of sin remain. The damage done to others through sexual abuse will affect their future sexual development. For them, as for you, there is hope in Christ.
Since the temptation to commit pedophilia is known to be so strong, your children and future grandchildren may be isolated from you, at least unto adulthood.

In the prison system are others who find it easier to judge another rather than to face their own misdeeds, thus your current suffering from them.

You have a repentant heart. Confess your sins to the priest. Receive the absolution. Make your act of contrition to God. Do the prescribed penance, knowing that conversion from this sin is a lifetime walk with your Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bless you in your faith,
Fr. Richard Perozich

Acts 3:19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..."
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