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St. Luke’s Gospel tells us of the two thieves who were crucified with Christ. The one thief asked “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.” Jesus replied “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise”. (Lk 23:39-43) Christians gave the good thief the name, Dismas, about the year 600. In recent times many prison ministries have adopted Dismas as their patron.
FEAST DAY: March 25
PATRON OF: Criminals and convicts, especially thieves