Catholic Evangelization through Scripture and Prison Ministry.
Listen to a talk with Deacon Ken and Marie Finn on marriage and family life.
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 ~ www.stdismasguild.org/bible-studies/
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
Marie's Reflcetion - May 19, 2013,
Acts 2:1-11, Psalm 104, 1 Cor. 12:3-7, 12-13, Romans 8:8-17, John 20:19-23, John 14:15-16, 23-26
Good morning Lord, It is good to be here. Thank you Holy Spirit for teaching me as I read the readings of the day. This first reading shows me that you came down upon your disciples with wind and fire. You breathed into them and covered them with the fire of your love. That’s what you did to me when you baptized me in your Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord, for choosing me and coming upon me. I had to repent before you could do that with me. Is that the wonderful loving gift of the free will that you have given me before I was born? You did that out of love for me. You wanted to allow me to freely choose to love you and follow your plan of life or freely choose to love myself and follow my plan for life. That required for me to die to myself and my will and live to do your will and obey your word. Those who love you obey your word. I love you, Lord, and love your word and will follow you wherever you choose to take me. You have given me a wonderful life and I thank you for it. You have baptized me with your Holy Spirit and fire of your love. You are always with me teaching me and counseling me. Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, you are great indeed. Let people hear me speaking in my own tongue of the mighty acts of God.
There is only one Spirit and you unite the body of Christ. We who are one can say, “Jesus is Lord.” By saying that we make you Lord of our lives by listening to your Spirit as He teaches us the truth of life lived in cooperation with your Spirit we become one body. We can only make you Lord by listening to your Spirit and following His lead. If we are in the flesh we cannot please you. But I am not in the flesh I am in the Spirit and He in me. You, Jesus, the Christ, is in me as you told me in your Word, John 17:21, “..so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” I have received a spirit of adoption. Thank you, Lord, for adopting me and loving me. Your love has conquered the world.
You have taken all fear away from me. I fear nothing other than offend you. Your Spirit keeps close tabs on me and prevents me from offending you in any way. Thank you, Holy Spirit. Those who love you keep your word. How could I do otherwise? Your word is perfect and true, my word is imperfect. You have established a beautiful way to live and be at peace if I just follow it. I will follow you as you are the Word made flesh. Help me to love you today as I go to the tea for COLFS. Help the weather be beautiful and perfect. Help me to think of others needs and not think about myself. Help me to listen to the speakers and hear you speaking to me through them. Thank you for being here with me this morning. Your Word truly is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I love you with all my heart. Help me to love Ken the way you love me, and that is unconditionally. Help me to speak only when you tell me and help me never to accuse him of anything but to speak your word because I know your word is what will convict him if he is not walking according to your word. I love you Lord.
Come Holy Spirt
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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St. Dismas Guild, PO Box 2129, Escondido CA 92033