Father Alwyn Anfone
Father Alwyn B. Anfone was ordained as priest of the Diocese of San Bernardino by Bishop Gerald Barnes on May 20, 2017. Originally from the Philippines, he was born in 1959 and grew up with devout catholic parents, two brothers and one sister. Although a late vocation, he felt the call for priesthood starting at the age of nine as an altar boy until high school. He thought priesthood was just “wishful thinking,” so he pursued a bachelors degree of science in chemistry at Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines.
Father Alwyn continued to serve the Catholic church as he pursued a career in science. As a young professional, he joined the personal prelature of Opus Dei, adhering to a state of apostolic celibacy as he guided and joined young students and professionals in sanctifying their ordinary works.
He worked for several years in a research nuclear reactor specializing in radioanalytical chemistry techniques in the elemental analysis of various samples. He was awarded a Fellowship by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Delft, The Netherlands, 1985-86. He also has 23 years of teaching experience as a chemistry instructor at the Center for Research and Communication – College of Arts and Sciences (presently University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig City, Philippines); a faculty post in Chemistry at the University of Incarnate Word and the Alamo Colleges District, San Antonio, TX; and faculty member at the Community Christian College, Redlands, CA. Additionally, Father Alwyn attended conferences and presented scientific research papers in the field of Analytical Chemistry in the Philippines, Japan, France, and US.
Father Alwyn obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina and his Masters in Divinity at St. Johns Seminary, Camarillo, California.