Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., Ed.D., B.C.B.A., has been a member of the Saint Vincent monastic community since1993, and was ordained a priest in 2000.
He assumed a full-time position in the Education Department at Saint Vincent College in August 2007, and was named assistant professor in 2010. He received tenure and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2015. In 2015 he founded the Bearcat BEST (Building Excellence through Skills Training) Transition Program at Saint Vincent, and became its executive director (2015-2018). He serves as senior researcher and chief financial officer of the program (2018-present).
He has bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Saint Vincent College, a master of business administration degree from Pitt, master of arts and master of divinity degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary, a master of education degree in special education from Pitt, and a doctor of education degree in special education from West Virginia University. He 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.
His pastoral work has included Saint Vincent Basilica Parish and serving as a weekend assistant at various parishes in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg and Pittsburgh.
He is the author of Renewed Each Morning (2005), which received a national honorable mention award by the Catholic Press Association in 2006. Additionally, he contributed to The Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe Pennsylvania. One Hundred Years.