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Philip Kanfush

Philip Kanfush is the author of Renewed Each Morning (2005), a book of reflections on the wisdom and grace needed to lead healthy, happy lives rooted in the teaching of Jesus Christ. The book received a national honorable mention award from the Catholic Press Association in 2006 in the category first-time author of a book. Additionally, he contributed to The Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe Pennsylvania. One Hundred Years, a book published in 2005 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Saint Vincent Basilica. He is also the author of Emma’s Wetlands Adventure (2006), a children’s book explaining how the Passive Wetland Project at Saint Vincent College works to purify ground water polluted by Abandoned Mine Drainage in the area.

He is a professor in the Education Department at Saint Vincent College, procurator of Saint Vincent Archabbey, and is the founder of the Bearcat B.E.S.T. program at Saint Vincent College.

Father Philip has  a bachelor of arts degree in 1985, and a masters of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College, a master of arts degree and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. He earned the master of education degree in special education from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctor of education degree in special education from West Virginia University in 2010.

Father Philip completed a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Pennsylvania State University, became a board-certified behavior analyst in 2006 and a doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst in 2010. In 2012, he became a licensed behavior specialist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as a certified brain injury specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. In 2018 he earned a post-graduate certificate in Children’s Literature from Pennsylvania State University.

Father Philip holds Pennsylvania teaching certifications in the areas of Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Middle School Math, Middle School Science, Middle School English and Language Arts, Business, Computers and Technology Education; and Special Education: Mental and Physical Disabilities. Additionally, he is certified as a Reading Specialist, as a Program Specialist in English as a Second Language in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, an Employment Support Specialist and most recently, as an Authorized Continuing Education Provider with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.