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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Teen Moms

CSS program gives hope, guidance

to young mothers

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

It’s impossible to imagine the fear.
A life unopposed, each day filled with possibilities, a future of fun and promise, suddenly turned upside down.
It’s impossible to imagine the anxiety and helplessness that a young girl – herself a child – feels when she learns that she is pregnant.
It is a problem that has proven prevalent in our society, but it’s also a problem with which Catholic Social Service’s Teen Moms program is equipped to deal.

The Teen Moms program, which was introduced to the Diocese of Dodge City by CSS social worker Amy Falcon in 2000, is designed to restore the promise, possibilities, and, not to mention, the sense of fun into the life of a teenager who is pregnant.
Between 1980 and 1990, teen pregnancies increased 14 percent nationally, 40 percent in Kansas, and over 80 percent in one southwest Kansas county alone. In 1994, the state of Kansas had the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, and four of the 28 southwest Kansas counties were in the top six counties for teen pregnancy. Of the 105 counties in Kansas, Ford, Finney and Seward were consistently among the top five in teen pregnancy rates per 1,000 between the ages of 10 and 19.
Every week, September through May, the participants of the Teen Moms program, who must be between ages 13 and 23, meet with Falcon and Maria Gutierrez, program assistant, where they enjoy a meal together while taking part in a workshop presented by a volunteer teacher. The workshop may include lessons on everything from parenting, to preparing their taxes, to applying for a college, to interviewing for a job.
“Teen Moms has been a big support for me,” one of the young moms said at a volunteer appreciation gathering held in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “They support you all the way. One way they support you is that if you attend the weekly meetings, you get ‘Teen Moms bucks.’ When I don’t have any money for diapers, I use the Teen Moms bucks and buy some diapers from the store they have in their office [in Dodge City]. I can also buy clothes, toys, etc….
“Another way Teens Moms has helped me is to give me a mentor. I’m really glad I have a mentor because she has been really helpful. She has been there for me when I needed someone to talk to. I would also like to thank all the food providers. All the food we receive is really good.”
“I originally signed up when I saw the flyer in the church bulletin,” her mentor said. “As a new stay-at-home mom, I was going crazy. I loved my job. I gave it up because it was for the good of my family. … But I had to get out of the house. …”
Having been a teacher, she felt that she had a lot to offer the young mom. What she didn’t know was how much she would benefit, as well.  
She explained that the “girl time and talk time” were especially valuable to her. “It benefits both of us to be able to talk away from school, family and work. We can just talk and not have to worry responsibilities and obligations.”
Like many programs, Teen Moms is financially challenged under the current economic conditions. Volunteers are needed who can: provide meals for the girls during their weekly gathering; become a mentor to a girl, providing 10 hours per month for one year being a friend, and helping her reach her goals; “Discovery Workshop” teachers, sharing knowledge about a particular skill; and carpenter handyperson, who can complete the floors, walls and ceiling of the basement in the Dodge City office.
This year, Teen Moms kicked off its first “Bundles for Babies” diaper drive. Diaper donations are accepted year round.
At the tender age of 16, one past participant found herself a new mom in a land far from her home in Washington.
Like Teen Moms has for the other members, the program provided the teenager with a strong base – fostered in faith, friendship and guidance – on which she could build her future. Two years later, she was a high school graduate working with at-risk children at Bright Beginnings. She expressed hopes of going to college and becoming an RN.  
“Teen Moms helped because I met new people,” she said. “I got to learn more about parenting. Each week there’s a different topic that we’re taught. If you need anything, they help you. That’s nice to know.”

 

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Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

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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