This national Catholic outreach among prisoners and those affected by crime is named after one of the people executed with Jesus on Calvary. In that final hour Saint Dismas, also called the good thief, took stock of his life and turned to Jesus for mercy: “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom” ~ Luke 23:42. In the way so typical of his ministry, Jesus turned to him and said: “This day you will be with me in paradise” ~ Luke 23:43.
Dismas Ministry focuses primarily on a spiritual approach with prisoners who want to understand and strengthen their relationship with God. As one of them wrote, “Prisoners need God and the love of Jesus and Mary as much or even more than the population as a whole.”