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We started with a simple vision: To build a community of hope by enabling people of faith to get involved in creative and healing activities to persons touched by crime. We are people from a variety of experiences who gather regularly: ex-prisoners and friends who celebrate the grace we have received in Jesus Christ.
Meeting once or twice per month in a growing number of communities across Ontario, volunteers and ex-prisoners gather for a meal, listen to a guest short talk or sharing and then gather in a circle, where we listen to and pray for each other.
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Welcome to the Dismas Fellowship Network
In 2003 a small group of people got together to discuss how people of faith might come together to better welcome home those returning from prison. From these informal discussions the idea of creating a fellowship was born.
Using other support group models as examples, a dozen or so people made up of ex-prisoners and volunteers gathered in a church basement in October 2003 for the 1st Dismas Fellowship which consisted of a simple meal followed by a time of sharing in a circle.
Welcome to the Dismas Fellowship Network. Here you can discover how we are making a difference in the lives of those who have been incarcerated. Please contact us for more information if you would like to become involved in any way!
Call us at 1-877-554-1076 or leave a message from this site.
Gordie: A Story Of Hope" It all started with an invitation from a chaplain "
Gordie had two wishes when he met with Community Chaplain Harry Nigh. He wanted to die a free man and he wanted to reconnect with his family. In June 2015, Gordie was celebrating his 10th year of freedom when he died suddenly while walking the streets of Toronto.
His memorial service was held at the Dismas Fellowship Toronto and over 120 people attended including his sisters and many of his nieces and nephews. Gordie died a free man and he had family and friends by his side. The Dismas Fellowship Toronto helped him to live with hope of a better life after years of hopelessness in prison.
Betty: A Story of Community" I can't wait for my Dismas Fellowship Meeting "
Giving Back to Our CommunityHAMILTON DISMAS PHOTO CLUB
During the pandemic lock-downs, a group of ex-offenders decided that they would not allow themselves to waste away, but rather began to collorate, forming the Hamilton Dismas Photo Club.
The video (to the right) is one of their projects they produced to encourage our Dismas Fellowship groups. The video is a parallel between the transition of Winter to Spring and the transitioning out of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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