Dismas Ministry Blog

Someone at the Gate: Bill Gaertner 2020 St. Dismas Award Recipient

As a former college basketball coach, Bill Gaertner had seen his share of contests won and lost on the court. More importantly, he helped young adults strive to reach their full potential as student athletes. Over a career that spanned 15 years, Bill made an impact on the lives of others. Today, he continues to […]

Keeping Hope During the Holidays

If you had a loved one incarcerated during the holidays, how would you “keep hope?” Keeping Hope is a resource developed by Dismas Ministry.  Ii includes stories of families who have experienced incarceration. They share their wisdom, their struggles, and even their joys. The book contains recommended resources and ideas for dealing with incarceration and […]

Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Paul

A seminarian at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Paul has been a Dismas Ministry volunteer since August of 2018.  He comes in weekly to package bibles, prayer books, and other materials for chaplains and prisoners.  Previously, Paul had been working at another non profit organization.  Then he met Dismas Ministry founder Ron Zeilinger, […]

Franciscan Friar Receives Award Posthumously for Service to the Incarcerated

The St. Dismas Award is given annually, by Dismas Ministry, to persons in recognition of their outstanding service to the incarcerated. The very first award was presented posthumously in honor of Rev. Christian Reuter, OFM. Although in a hospital bed, Fr. Chris was doing what he did for many years – ministering to the incarcerated […]

Silence – I Am Beautiful Blog Series