Striving to be “the hands and feet of Christ” in whatever way I am able, and on behalf of the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library, I am blessed to be able to pray for, volunteer, and financially support a few select ministries and organizations who have dedicated themselves to helping “the least of these” spoken of in Matthew 25:35-40 – those most affected in our communities by the social injustices of our modern world. Misfit University is one such mission of mercy. ~ Brother Allen, OSF


Founded in 2012, Misfit University creatively introduces a hands-on educational curriculum that includes an anti-bullying initiative, service-learning projects, cause-related events and spirited fun with the goal of delivering unmatched results in the practice of team-building, positive self-esteem, creativity, and respect. Misfit University is free and new curriculum projects are added monthly.

“Misfit University was founded on the principle that we are all magnificent MISFITS and the very talents and experiences that can sometimes divide us, should define us and be nurtured and shared,” says Misfit University founder Karen Kiefer. The University focuses its curriculum in four areas: Hope, Inspiration, Love and Gratitude and uses creative concepts to communicate important messages to young people.

“It is with great joy that I am able to wholeheartedly support this inspired program and ministry.” ~ Brother Allen, OSF

“For His sake, I am but one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do. Lord, what will you have me do?” ~ Edward Everett Hale