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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Youth rally rocks the house

with a little help

from a few  friends

At right, keynote speaker Doug Brummel morphs into one of several characters he uses to tell stories using inspiration and humor.

It was one of those magic moments.
“The Arco Iris youth group from Garden City came in Saturday night and did 30 minutes of praise and worship music,” said Steven Polley, regarding the Nov. 20-21 youth rally, of which more than 150 youth and adult chaperones attended. “Then we were to have 30 minutes of adoration.”
Polley, Director of Youth Ministry, had to briefly leave the rally, held at Dodge City Community College, to retrieve the Lura for adoration. When he returned, he encountered something he didn’t expect.
“When I came back to the college, the entire Arco Iris group had them all on their feet. They had the entire audience going.”

After a day of presentations, breakout sessions, song and praise, the small band of youth from Garden City had still managed to raise the energy level through the roof.
“Then they were able to bring themselves back into a serious mode of prayer for adoration,” Polley said in admiration of the group. That’s not always an easy task where young people and their energy levels are concerned. “Then we went to the dance and the energy level went right back up.”
This was the 17th youth rally presented by Polley and the Diocesan Youth Council, and one of the first times that they made a concerted effort to draw Hispanic youth into the gathering.
As a special treat to the youth was the appearance of keynote speaker, Doug Brummel, who actually counts as several people if you include his multiple personalities.
Brummel, a nationally-known comedian/storyteller/evangelist, has traveled the country entertaining and evangelizing people of all ages.
On his website, dougbrummel.com, he writes that as a child, his family would take Sunday drives to the homes of relatives where he would hear laughter, and would “witness the powerful medium of storytelling.”
“I would hear such wisdom come from people of other generations older than myself. I have always valued those experiences so much.”
Combined with his love of comedians such as Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Lucy and Desi, Red Skelton, and Gilda Radner, he began to explore characters he could use to share God’s message – to tell stories.
“I was always taught God has a plan for each of us. God gives each of us special gifts and talents,” Brummel said. “It is our job to use these gifts for the greater glory of God.”
While Polley acknowledged that youth have more distractions today than when he held his first rally in 1995, he said that he learned early on that “when you work with young persons, you accept them where they are. If they’re distracted with the text messaging etc..., you accept them, but encourage them to go further. You challenge them to move away from the distractions, to a time of listening and a time of prayer.”
Polley said that he was “extremely proud of the youth council,” a group of several young people who help organize the rally and other youth events throughout the year.
“From our leadership weekend in August to the rally weekend, they put their heart and soul into preparing for this rally. They took responsibility for preparing the breakout sessions, to brochures, posters, and they traveled to other parishes to talk about the rally. They really worked hard to try to make it a quality event.”
Polley offered his appreciation for several anonymous donations sent to the youth office.  The names of parishes were placed in a bucket, and two were drawn. St. John Parish, St. John was the winner of a $100 scholarship and Mary, Queen of Peace, Ulysses was the winner of the $150 scholarship. The funds will go toward parish youth activities.

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Dec. 23, 2018

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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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