The materials listed below are distributed without cost by Dismas Ministry to Catholic inmates who request them, as well as to the prison chaplains in areas currently designated for service. These areas are chosen by Dismas Ministry based on the ministry’s annual budget. Please see the Dismas Ministry Service Map for the areas currently receiving these services.
Distribution of free Catholic Bibles in English and Spanish places the Word of God in the hands of inmates for regular, daily reading. Versions include the deuterocanonical books: New American Catholic Bible (Santa Biblia, Spanish).
A pocket-size prayer book (glued-no staples) designed to foster the prayer life of Catholic inmates. Includes all the common Catholic prayers, lives of saints who have been in prison, and prayers and illustrations contributed by inmates. Pray in the Spirit (Oren en Espiritu, Spanish)
A 3-part correspondence course for inmates on the Catholic Bible, God with Us (Dios Con Nosotros, Spanish).
– Part 1-Introduction, Pentateuch and Historical Books
– Part 2-Wisdom Books and Prophetic Books
– Part 3-Gospels, Acts, Letters and Revelation
A 3-part correspondence course for inmates on the Catholic faith, A Reason for Hope (Una Razon para La Esperanza, Spanish).
– Part 1-The Sacraments
– Part 2-The Creed
– Part 3-Christian Morality
A 3-part correspondence course for inmates on Catholic prayer, Pray Always (English Only).
– Part 1-Prayer in the Old Testament
– Part 2-Prayer in the New Testament
– Part 3-Prayer in the Catholic Tradition
Social Justice Study
The Web of Life – A Study Course of Catholic Social & Restorative Justice for Prisoners (English)
– Part 1 – Introduction to the Bible and Catholic Social Teaching
– Part 2 – The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
– Part 3 – Restorative Justice