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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Diocese mourns, celebrates life of Father James Kelly

Father James Kelly, 98, a retired priest of the Diocese of Dodge City, died Dec. 9, 2008, at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita.
Those who had the good fortune to know Father Kelly would have witnessed his youthful spirit and sense of humor that stayed with him until nearly the end.
“I came here 11 years ago,” a smiling Father Kelly said about the retirement home in a 2002 interview with the SKR. “One fella’ is 20 years younger than me and in a wheelchair. I told him that when I get old I want to get one of those.”
Father Kelly was 92 at the time of the interview, the oldest priest from the Diocese of Dodge City and probably the one whose sharp wit, keen intellect, and physical appearance most belied his age.
He was born in Dublin, Ireland, May 20, 1910, the son of William and Catherine (Phelan) Kelly. He was ordained for the Order of Saint Camillus by Bishop (later Cardinal) John Dalton of the Diocese of Meath, Ireland, Sept. 10, 1944.
He founded the Camillian House in London in 1945 and served as Superior there from 1946 to 1949. During this same time he served as chaplain of Hillside Institute and LaSainte Union convent, also in London.
After the English province of the Order of Saint Camillus ceased to exist, Father Kelly transferred to the Diocese of Dodge City. In 1953, he was assigned to St. Mary’s Parish in Marienthal as assistant pastor and cared for the mission churches of St. Joseph, Tribune, and St. Anthony at St. Theresa, Kans. That same year he was named first resident pastor at St. Joseph, Tribune, and continued to serve the mission church at St. Theresa.
His other pastorates included: St. Theresa, Dighton (1960-63); St. Joseph, Scott City (1963-68); St. Joseph, Ellinwood (1968-79); and St. Joseph, Liebenthal (1987-89). He served as chaplain at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend from 1979 to 1987.
Father Kelly saw nearly a century of change in his lifetime; he noted in the 2002 interview that there had been “much growth” in the relationships between pastors and their pastoral assistants since the 1950s.
“The housekeeper often thought the assistant was an encroachment,” Father Kelly said. “A former pastor once told me that it came down to pastor; housekeeper; dog; assistant. You call and ask, ‘Can I speak to the boss?’ and the housekeeper says, ‘Speaking.’”
When asked to describe one of the highlights of his ministry, he responded, “Saying Mass for the aged and bedridden. I would bring Communion to them every day.”  
In addition to his parochial appointments he was named as spiritual director of the Legion of Mary Comitium on March 31, 1963 and diocesan director of Catholic Hospitals on Sept. 12, 1968.
He retired to Ireland in 1989, but returned to Kansas two years later and took up residence at the Priests Retirement Center at the Catholic Life Center.
“It’s been great for us,” Father Kelly said of him and several other Irish priests who were living at the home at the time. “We’re in the right place for the end of life.”
Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore presided at the funeral Mass with the Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, bishop of Wichita, at St. Elizabeth Chapel in the Catholic Care Center. Concelebrating the liturgy were Monsignors Patrick Leahy and Brian Moore; and Fathers Gilbert Herrmann, Frank Jordan, Eugene Kenny, Lisle Pottorff, Robert Baker, John Strasser, and Wesley Schawe. Burial was in Ascension Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to the Ann and Virgil Dechant Foundation at P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, KS  67801.

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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

 

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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

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 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;
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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?

 

 

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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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