Friends of Dismas

The vision of Friends of Dismas is to build a community of hope. It enables people of faith to get involved in creative and healing activities that support persons touched by crime. The St. John’s FaithWorks and Outreach Committee supports Friends of Dismas and currently continues the tradition of sponsoring its annual Christmas dinner as a memorial gift to our beloved friend, the late Rev. Dr. Bruce Williams.

The Friends of Dismas has three distinct ways people of faith can engage with those touched by crime according to the graces they have been given:

• Ministry of Friendship encourages the faithful to extend the hand of friendship and to get involved in a high degree of commitment with an ex-prisoner through fellowship and “walking together.”
• Ministry of Works engages individual volunteers and groups in activities that provide the ex-prisoner, their family, and others touched by crime with practical reintegration support.
• Ministry of Prayer provides members of the community with a meaningful, low-risk level of association that offers direct spiritual support to individuals.

Friends of Dismas also provides introductory training for potential volunteers in order that they can achieve a basic understanding of ministry with prisoners and test their sense of call and suitability for such ministry.  If you are interested in participating in one of these different ministry opportunities please call 416-762-4026 or email

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