Dismas Fellowship Network

The Dismas Fellowship Vision

To provide  a  safe and welcoming place where  ex-prisoners and friends can experience Christian community.

The Story of St. Dismas

St. Dismas, also known as the Good Thief, is the apocryphal name given to one of the two thieves (Matthew 27:38) who was crucified alongside Jesus,repented of his sins, and asked Jesus to remember him in his kingdom. According to the Gospel of Luke 23:39-43 the story of Dismas and Jesus is told as follows:

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”  The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?  And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Dismas Fellowship Values

1) We welcome and celebrate one another, regardless of religious or criminal convictions, knowing that we are all “offenders”.
2) We encourage everyone to give of themselves in some way – cooking meals, setting and cleaning up, sharing our truth or reaching out to others.
3) We are committed to paying our way by sharing the costs of food and accommodation.
4) In the Circle everyone is given the opportunity to speak or to pass.

5) We will treat each other’s story with confidentiality and love. Each story is sacred.
6) We are committed to being a safe and responsible fellowship with accountability to the church where our meetings are held.
7) We are committed to ministering to each other as if they were Christ.

The Dismas Prayer

Dear God,
In your mercy remember me and  forgive me for the wrongs I’ve done.
Set me free of my deep fear and resentments.
Melt the hard places of my heart,and
Allow me the grace to
Surrender this day to your  loving care.     Amen

Dismas Fellowship Locations

Please click on the links below for information for more information and the dates of local Dismas Fellowship meetings: