New Catholic Dictionary – Good Thief

detail from painting 'The Good Thief' by Michelangelo Cerquozzi, oil on slate, c.1640; Porcini Gallery, Naples, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Traditionally known as Dismas, one of the thieves crucified with Christ, who rebuked his companion for demanding that Christ should save them, prayed instead a share in His Kingdom, and received the assurance: “This day thou shalt be with Me in paradise.” A portion of the cross on which he died is preserved in the Chapel of Relics, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome. He is patron of persons condemned to death.

MLA Citation

  • “Good Thief”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 21 March 2019. <>