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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Ellinwood man battles cancer with a smile

‘My philosophy of life is to make people feel good’

By DALE HOGG
Managing Editor/Great Bend Tribune

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted with permission from the Great Bend Tribune.
It’s 1:15 p.m. on a recent blustery Wednesday afternoon.
Joe Hickel sits in an easy chair watching the orderly chaos around him. He turns to look out the window at the gray spring day and then back at the hubbub.
“I love my time here,” the 80-year-old retired Ellinwood educator said.
This may sound like a strange statement, considering “here” is the Central Kansas Medical Center’s Heartland Cancer Center, and as he reclines, a pair of bags hanging above him drip chemotherapy drugs into his veins. He will be sitting in that chair for another four hours and 15 minutes.

“I seldom get to read the morning paper,” he joked. His weekly treatment sessions now give him ample time to do that.
While Hickel was hooked up to his IVs, the other beds and chairs at the center were filled with other patients. Wednesdays are among the busiest days at Heartland, which serves about 60 people each day.
This could be a story of irony — a cancer-free Hickel was the chairman of the first Relay for Life of Barton County 15 years ago. Now, as volunteers prepare for the 2010 installment of this cancer-fighting event, he sits inflicted with this insidious disease.
Or, this could be a story of tragedy and desperation — Hickel lost five siblings to cancer, had a sister and son survive and was, himself, diagnosed with throat cancer this February, shortly after his 80th birthday and his and his wife’s 55th anniversary.
The irony and history aren’t lost on Hickel, but he doesn’t dwell on them.
“The challenge has been great,” he said. “But, I’ve learned to look at life in a positive way.”
Hickel is a parishioner at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood, and has been at the forefront of efforts to keep Sts. Peter and Paul Church in North Ellinwood a viable presence. The Church closed in 1986 in recent years and was severely damaged by a tornado.
These days, Hickel sees himself as the Bob Hope of the Cancer Center. Just as Hope entertained American service personnel overseas, Hickel entertains the other patients, and the nurses and doctors with conversation, wise cracks and poetry. “My philosophy of life is to make people feel good.”
Long before he was diagnosed with cancer, Hickel was an advocate for Relay for Life, an annual event designed to draw attention and raise money for cancer research. Last year’s Barton County relay was first in the state for cities’ relays of its size. It raised $112,000, or $4.06 for every person in the county. The goal this year is $115,000.
The Barton County event is set for June 11-12 in Jack Kilby Square in Great Bend.
Hickel focuses on what Relay has done for him, his family and everyone he sees at the center on Wednesdays. Normally very soft spoken, few things rile him like when folks say they won’t donate to Relay for Life because none of the money stays local.
“We’ve made tremendous progress with the money we raise during the second weekend in June (the normal time of the Relay),” he said. Glancing at the needles in his arm and at the others taking treatments, “we get money back.”
This comes in the form of the research helping to find cures and in the more direct services to patients.
As the largest source of nonprofit cancer research funds in the United States, the American Cancer Society, sponsors of Relays for Life, devotes more than $120 million each year to research. Currently, there are a number of researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center working on ACS grant-funded projects.
Since 1946, the society has invested approximately $3.2 billion in research. The five-year survival rate has almost tripled since 1946, and diagnosis and mortality rates have declined each year since 1990.
“ACS provides the most up-to-date information about cancer and guidance to local community resources,” said Linn Hogg, the 2010 Barton County Relay chairperson. “Programs, services and materials to cancer patients and their families are available at no direct cost through public contributions.” The society helps people with cancer and their families in every Kansas community through a toll-free number that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“No matter what questions, fears, concerns or needs, you can talk to a real-live person 24-7 and receive accurate up-to-date information in the mail,” Hogg said.
The Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, opened in 2003 and has been busy ever since, said Director Jamie Hutchinson. In that time, it has served between 2,500-3,000 patients with laboratory work, and radiation and chemo treatments.
“I’m just glad to be involved” with Relay, said Hickel who is also part of Barton County Cancer Initiative, a group of health professionals that also offers assistance to cancer patients. “Remember, life is good.”
For more information about the Relay for Life, call chairperson Linn Hogg at 620-617-3640, Team Development Chairperson Kandi Wolf at 620-797-5651 or visit relayforlife.org.

 

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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
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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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