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
October 7, 2018
This is the eve of the 58th wedding anniversary of Ken and me. I think back to the beginning and how in love we were with each other and how that love grew from day one. I have a picture of Ken and I kneeling at the altar rail and I am receiving communion on my tongue by Fr. Barry, the only priest I ever knew in my childhood. I really didn’t know what I was getting into when he swept me off my feet with beautiful romantic poems he made up. We wanted a family so bad but no babies were coming for those first five years then through adoption came three making us a family of five. I was the center of Ken’s life and he included me in the evangelizing he did from day one. The name of our parish was Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Saugus. Ken got right involved in trying to make things right between the blacks and the whites and established a group called Friends and Neighbors along with the associate Pastor. Always a pioneer and my spiritual leader he went from Friends and Neighbors, to CFM, to Cursillo, to Marriage Encounter, to the Charismatic Movement to the Diaconate, to St. Dismas Guild. He would initiate these different things and I would be there with him at his side. When he went into the Diaconate, I was there for him. He was in the Knights of Columbus, Chaplain at the prisons, and together we formed Benedictus and he was Chaplain in the prison. We had our difficulties but God always brought us through them.
If you were to ask me what helped us to grow in love I would say receiving that first Eucharist at our wedding together and making God and the church the center of our marriage along with getting to know Him through the Word of God, the bible. We truly became one flesh, one mind, one heart by putting on the mind of Christ and having the attitude of Christ. The scripture we lived was 1 Corinthians 11:3, “The head of the man is Christ, the head of the woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is the Father.” Even Jesus was under headship. Why are marriages falling apart out there today? I am not going to speculate but all I know is what I have lived and the power of The Holy Spirit to transform my mind by teaching me the Word of God.
I do the Bread of Life Catholic Bible study every week even though I am not in a group right now. I love it when the Lord speaks to me though His all-powerful word. How hard it is for me to explain the Love of God that I experience for me personally, but Isaiah 54:5 says, “For He who has become your husband is your Maker; His name is the Lord of hosts; Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth.”
Thank you for listening to me reminisce. October 8, 1960 was a special day for me. The day when two became one and lived in union with Jesus Christ.
October 8, 2018
This morning I wake to my husband, my mentor, my Lord, Jesus Christ. Where will you lead me this day Lord?
Thank you for being at my side. You tell me to not to look back nor look to the left or the right but keep my eyes on you. Yes, your Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path. You say, Come, follow me. My Spirit will speak to your heart.
I miss not sharing the Word of God with others. I hope to start it up again for the new year using Cycle C.
In Jesus' love,
"Love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
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