Plagiarism by former SKC columnist

Former SKC columnist, Sister Irene Hartman, OP, has been found to have plagiarized at least 25 of the columns she provided to the SKC. For more than a decade, Sister Irene provided dozens of weekly columns under the title “Holy Ones of Our Times,” and the earlier title, “Charisms”.

It has been discovered that at least 25 of her columns were taken in part from the work of Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints, Blessed Among All Women, and Blessed Among Us (a collected volume of his work that appeared in the publication Give Us This Day).

According to Give Us This Day editor Mary Stommes, a reader recently called their attention to one instance of potential plagiarism, which led to a more careful review and the discovery that, “Sister Irene not only copied many of Mr. Ellsberg’s words, but she also copied his method of expanding our understanding of saintliness in the range and breadth of those portrayed.”

One article reviewed by the SKC contained phrasing identical to that used in a column by Mr. Ellsberg, whose column was written more than a decade prior to Sister Irene’s.  The SKC trusts fully that the research completed by Liturgical Press, the publishing house of Give Us This Day, is accurate. Therefore, the Catholic has removed all of Sister Irene’s columns from our website, including the issues in which they were contained.

“As a 20-year columnist, I would like to offer my personal apologies to Mr. Ellsberg,” said Dave Myers, SKC editor. “I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel had I encountered someone using my columns in such a way. Ms. Stommes and Mr. Ellsberg have been extremely gracious in their response to this serious issue.”

Sister Irene died at age 95 on Aug. 17, 2017. The SKC urges readers to take a moment to view the books written by Mr. Ellsberg, the links of which are included above.  Coverage will appear in the April 7 SKC.

 

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First Century Rabbi pays

visit to DRE Day

Annual event highlights the many

educational and faith enrichment

programs the diocese offers

Reaching across time and space, 1st Century Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai visited Dodge City where his presentation became one of the highlights of the June 1 DRE Day.
    DRE Day, which drew Directors of Religious Education from across southwest Kansas to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is an annual event that underscores several programs in the diocese offering both education and faith enrichment.
    The highlight of the event was the presentation given by ben Zakkai, who looked amazingly like Father Henry Hildebrandt.

    “Good morning, good morning!” he said in accented English. “Peace be with you! I am Johanan ben Zakkai. It is always a pleasure for me to come and visit the people of this diocese. Every so often Coleen [Stein, coordinator of Pastoral Ministry Formation] summons me from across the ages and always I come. I lived in the First Century. I was a Pharisee.”
    Although unknown to most Christians, ben Zakkai was one of the greatest teachers of his day. He was a Jewish leader who was instrumental in separating the early Christians from the Jewish religion. He was also responsible for determining the list of Old Testament books in the Jewish Scriptures, which led to the difference between Catholic and Protestant bibles today. He came to DRE Day to share a bit of information about a pivotal time in history.
    “I lived during the time of the siege of Jerusalem [70 AD],” ben Zakkai said. “I was in Jerusalem when the Roman armies surrounded our homes. I argued in favor of peace. I tried my best to bring about reconciliation, to settle the turmoil, the fervor that was going on.”
    Without permission to leave Jerusalem, during the siege ben Zakkai had his pupils secret him out of the city hidden in a coffin. Once outside the city, he convinced the Roman general to spare the town of Yavneh, where ben Zakkai established an academy where he continued to be revered as a great scholar and teacher.
    Two-thousand years later, the Diocese of Dodge City is utilizing the internet to make sure Catholics are made aware of numerous programs in the diocese that offer important teachings. At DRE Days’ past, a large “Yellow Notebook” -- a three ring binder brimming with information laboriously pieced together by Stein – was distributed to each participant. The entire book has now been placed online. Anyone who wants information about the many programs of the diocese should visit www.dcdiocese.org and scroll to the icon on the bottom left.
    Following are snippets of a few of the programs that were highlighted during DRE Day. Speakers included Stein, Becky Hessman, Father Robert Schremmer, Eric Haselhorst, Steven Polley, and Dave Myers.  
Diocesan Website
    The recently refurbished diocesan website was introduced to the 45 or so gathered, and was then used throughout the DRE Day with pages projected onto a wall. Highlighted was the diocesan calendar, which is a constantly updated listing of upcoming events.
Interactive Television
    Interactive Television (ITV) is a method by which numerous programs, including Pastoral Ministry Formation, Catechist Formation, and others, are taught simultaneously at 10 sites throughout the diocese. Each class is interactive, allowing the participants to communicate with the presenter.  
Called and Gifted
    Called and Gifted continues this year with programs designed to allow participants to discern their charisms, or supernatural gifts given them by the Holy Spirit. The participant can then analyze ways in which he or she can use those charisms to improve their life or the lives of others. The next Called and Gifted day is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Dodge City.
Confirmation
    The presentation highlighted the continuing discussion about possible changes to the way Confirmation is presented in the diocese. An Aug. 23 gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe will discuss, in Spanish, where we are at in the discussion, as well as the history of Confirmation.  
Word Working
    Becky Hessman invited those gathered to take part in a Word Working prayer session in which small groups read a scripture passage three times. After each reading, individuals discuss how the reading affects their life. The prayer uses the invitation method, allowing people to pass if they don’t wish to speak
Youth
    Steve Polley, Director of the Offices of Youth Ministry and Adult Education, discussed upcoming youth ministry programs, and shared his enthusiasm for getting people aware of the importance of ministering to, and praying for, young people.
Pastoral Ministry Formation Program
    PMFP is an extensive adult education program that offers several three-hour courses. Depending on the level of participation, the student could earn a degree in pastoral ministry, a diocesan diploma, or neither if the individual chooses to take classes for personal enrichment.
Safe Environment
    One of the primary ways that the diocese is combating child sexual abuse is through the Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session. Every person in the diocese who works for the Catholic Church directly or indirectly, or who volunteers for any Church-related program, is required to attend an awareness session, which takes place at host parishes throughout the diocese. The PGC session allows people to look into the mind of a child abuser through two video presentations. Participants analyze what to look for, and how to deal with a situation, should it arise. The afternoon sessions are open to any adult.
Catechist Formation
    Stein highlighted upcoming classes designed for catechists, including September classes that will be instructed by Sister Esther Pineda, CSJ, Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Center in Salina. She will help “bring about an awareness of violence in our world, ourselves and in our students.”
Vocations
    Hessman, Coordinator for Vocations, spoke of the importance of vocations, and how if the diocese only ordained two men per year, the priest shortage would be reversed.
Other presentations
    Also discussed was the chancery resource library and its online directory. Individuals can now easily access the many titles available at the library located at the Catholic chancery in Dodge City.

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Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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