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 organization 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 inspiration of 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. Operating only by donations and with volunteer workers, St. Dismas Guild now publishes and distributes teaching aids and commentaries on Holy Scripture, as well as other books and materials that promote Catholic family values.

The first time Deacon Ken & Marie met St. Teresa of Calcutta was while attending the Second International Congress for the Family of the Americas in Acapulco, Mexico, 1982.




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

I have stepped down as director of St. Dismas Guild and taken up a new position of being a great Nana.

Yesterday I spent the day with my great grandson blowing bubbles, going for a walk, and playing in the sandbox. I can't help but to think of all the years of doing the Bread of Life Bible Study how God has taught me to become like a little child and put my total dependence on Him.

This Lent in my prayer time I saw myself get up on the cross with my arms around Jesus' neck holding onto Him for dear life. Giving up my will to do His will has not been easy for me. I have wanted to hang onto that will of mine but the blood of Christ has washed me. As I press against Him on the cross and tell Him how much I love Him I seem to get some of His blood on me. Sometimes the thorns on His head prick me when my well trained tongue remains silent.

This Sunday is Passion Sunday. I look forward to walking the road of Calvary following Jesus. His Passion for me gives me strength. He did the Fathers will and gave up His will. As I give up my will to do His will it takes getting up on the cross daily by watching my tongue and humbling myself for the good of others.

Fr. Scott gave me permission to pray with others using Mother Teresa's blood, her relic, I am still going into the office so if you are able to come in for prayer please do so.

Mother Teresa and Ken have been at my side every day interceding for me. I think they have had to go into overtime this Lent as I have been sad and crying a lot but I sense the resurrection coming and the joy of the Lord as I get into my new role of playing with my great-grandchildren.

In Jesus' love,

"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3-4
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