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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Two Catholic schools win Governor’s Achievement Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Above, left: Marlene Clayton (center), lead teacher for St. Joseph School, Ellinwood, holds the Governor’s Achievement Award that was presented Nov. 20 by Superintendent of Schools Bill Biermann (third from left). Also pictured are school faculty, and St. Joseph Parish pastor, Father Chuck Mazouch. Above, right: Karen Moeder (far right), principal of Holy Family School, Great Bend, celebrates with the children and faculty of the school after the school received the Governor’s Achievement Award for the second straight year.

Two Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dodge City were honored Nov. 20 with Governor’s Achievement Awards, which honors top performing schools in the state.
St. Joseph School, Ellinwood, and Holy Family School, Great Bend, were presented their awards in special ceremonies Nov. 20 by Superintendent of Schools Bill Biermann. They are among only 42 elementary schools in all of Kansas that received the honor, which places them in the top five percent of all the schools in the state.

“As a whole, all seven of our schools collectively demonstrate the outstanding education that our schools provide,” Biermann said. “We, by far and away, achieve at the highest level, and when accompanying that with the religious education component that our students receive, it is hard to beat.  It demonstrates an overall focus on student learning for all students and the caring approach of our great teachers and administrators.”
To receive this award, schools must have achieved the Standard of Excellence in both reading and mathematics for 2009. Additionally, the school must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in both reading and mathematics and one additional measure in 2009. For elementary schools and middle/junior high schools that measure is attendance, and for high schools the measure is graduation rate. Additionally, the school must have been among the top five percent of schools in both reading and mathematics on the 2009 state assessments at its respective level, i.e. elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, or high schools.
Marlene Clayton, Lead Teacher at St. Joseph, said she was “excited beyond belief. I’ve hardly been able to keep a thought in my head all week. I’m just really proud of how hard the kids and the faculty worked to get our best scores. I’m just thrilled to death. Our students really do put forth their best effort and this award is proof of that.”
“I am thrilled; ecstatic; humbled!” said Holy Family principal, Karen Moeder, the day before the school was presented the award. “This is our second year in a row to receive the award. Tomorrow’s celebration is a complete surprise to our students.
“We felt very good about our preliminary test scores last spring already, but you just never know.”  
Moeder asked her teachers what they thought of receiving the honor for a second year, and received the following responses:
“We pray in school: We pray before our tests; we turn it over to God and let Him help us.”
“We have a higher grading scale.... Students know that in order to score high, you have to give it your best.”
“We set our expectations for our students very high.  Our students know what is expected of them and they attain it.”  
“We have great parents who instill values of good morals and work ethic in their children.”
“We don’t give up.... We work on things until we get them.”
“We work as a team.... This award doesn’t come because a few students do well on the tests, everyone has to pull their weight and give their best efforts.  Students truly do cheer each other on and give support to each other, not just in the testing time, but all year long.  We are a family in lots of ways.”
Throughout Kansas, 41 elementary schools, 12 middle/junior high schools, and 17 high schools qualified for the award.
Other schools in southwest Kansas to win the award include: Dighton Elementary School; Jennie Wilson Elementary School, Garden City; Plymell Elementary School, Garden City; Stafford Elementary School; Claflin Jr./Sr. High School; and Minneola High School.

 

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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
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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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