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Saint Dismas

AKA: The Good Rogue; The Good Thief; The Penitent Thief; Demas; Desmas; Dimas; Dysmas; Rach; Titus; Zoatham

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)

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

Representation: 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 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.  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 Dismas would accompany Him to Paradise.  His feast day is March 25.

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