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Restoring Lives, Restoring Families, Restoring Communities

Healing The Human Spirit
For More Than 50 Years

Dismas Charities gives men and women
releasing from state and federal incarceration
the skills and motiviation to re-enter society
as contributing members.
The work of Dismas is to end the cycle of
victimization and to heal the human spirit.

Dismas Charities is a not-for-profit company serving communities nationwide.
In New Mexico and Tennessee, it is known as Diersen Charities.

Father Diersen with hammerOur Founder

A Catholic priest of The Archdiocese
of Louisville, Father William Diersen
founded Dismas Charities more than
fifty years ago with the help of
volunteers from The Knights of
Columbus. Father Diersen was
a man of courage, determination
and Christian virtue who
served the world by living the Beatitudes.


Because he saw a need to help those leaving incarceration, he started
Dismas House named for the Repentant Thief crucified with Jesus.
At first it served only fifteen men, but because of his inspiration and vision
Dismas House grew into Dismas Charities with centers of service
throughout the country. Father Diersen’s spirit continues to guide Dismas
helping all involved commit themselves to healing the human spirit.

Fifty Years Of Healing The Human Spirit
This video commemorates 5 decades of Dismas Charities.