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Saint Dismas (The Penitent Thief)

AKA: The Good Rogue
The Good Thief
The Penitent Thief

Born: 18 B.C. 

Died: c. 30 - 33 A.D. at Golgotha Hill outside Jerusalem

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: March 25 (Roman Catholic Church)
Good Friday (Eastern Orthodox Church)

Patronages: Prisoners (especially the condemned)
Funeral Directors
Repentant Thieves
Death Row Prisoners
Dying People
Prison Chaplains
Places: Merizo, Guam
San Dimas, Mexico
Archdiocese of Przemysl, Poland

Representations: Man carrying his cross immediately behind Christ
Man crucified at Christ's right hand
Naked man holding his cross, often with his hand on his heart to signify penitence
Tall Cross

All that is known of Saint Dismas is that he is the Good Thief crucified with Christ on Calvary.  The other thief is known as Gestas.  A completely unsubstantiated myth from the Arabic Gospel of the infancy that enjoyed great popularity in the west during the Middle Ages had two thieves who held up the Holy Family on the way to Egypt.  Saint Dismas bought off Gestas with forty drachmas to leave them unmolested, whereupon the Infant predicted that they would be crucified with Him in Jerusalem, and that Saint Dismas would accompany Him to Paradise.


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