Dismas International

Dismas International is a death row ministry initiative named after St. Dismas, who was the penitent thief crucified next to Jesus, and is the patron saint of condemned criminals. We provide spiritual support and penfriends for men and women on death row.

35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25:35-36)

We also distribute death penalty news and information, facilitate penfriends for death row inmates, and engage in some advocacy on death penalty issues. But our primary focus is prayer and spiritual support.

DismasInternational operates through social media. Please 'like' the Dismas International Facebook page also like the Voices for death row inmates Facebook page, as we work closely with each other.

And before anybody asks, yes of course we care about the victims of crime, and we support anything that can be done to support them. But we feel strongly about extending compassion to the most unloved and most outcast in society. And there are few in society that are more unloved and more outcast than those who are in prison. Especially those who are on death row.

Dismas International is a completely separate organisation to Dismas Project Inc, which is a USA-based prison ministry that has been operating for over 20 years. But we fully support their work, and we encourage you to support them as well.

Dismas International was founded in 2014.



Scheduled executions in the USA

29 November - Kevin Johnson (Missouri)

14 December - Thomas Edwin Loden Jr. (Mississippi)

15 December - John Hanson (Oklahoma)

15 December - Gerald Pizzuto - (Idaho)

Please pray for them, their friends and family, and the friends and family of the victims of the crimes that have resulted in them being sentenced to death.

Contact us

Go to the Dismas International Facebook page and send us a message or contact the founder on Twitter at https://twitter.com/darrylward.

Encountering Christ on Death Row tells the story of how he became involved with death row ministry.

This page was last updated Tuesday 29 November 2022.