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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New Dodge City teacher publishes


‘Reflection of the Son’


“Reflection of the Son”, by Tony Frasco
Publisher: Spirit of Leadership
(Centennial, Colo., 2011) 168 pp.; $15.95

The following is reprinted with permission from the Denver Catholic Register.
A newly published book, written by a former seminary student who recently began teaching at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, is designed to help people pray the rosary and deepen their desire to know Scripture.
The book, “Reflection of the Son: A Scriptural Rosary Book and Marian Guide” (Spirit of Leadership, 2011) has all the earmarks of becoming a must-have for anyone who is looking for a deeper relationship with Christ. Now available, “Reflection of the Son” is packed with information. It covers the basics of the rosary beginning with the prayers themselves, how to pray the rosary, a listing of the 20 mysteries with photographs depicting each event and suggested special intentions. In addition, it has highlights of Pope John Paul II’s 2002 apostolic letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” which announced the Year of the Rosary and introduced the luminous mysteries.
The book also contains a list of Mary’s appearances in holy Scripture, 50 ways to increase devotion to the Blessed Mother, a list of Marian feast days and other suggested reading.
Tony Frasco is the author. A former seminary student at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, today Frasco is a husband and father of three sons. He said the idea for the book came while he was a seminarian committed to praying the rosary daily.  He understood how the devotion could become repetitious to some people and wondered what he could do to change that.
“Our schedule had much time built in for adoration and contemplative prayer, so it’s no surprise this is where I got the inspiration for the work,” Frasco said.  “For many months I’d get up early and as I prayed, dozens of Scripture passages came to me. I like to call myself the ‘co-author’ of the book because it was really the Holy Spirit who inspired me to write the verses down.”
Scriptural rosary aids are nothing new but Frasco hopes that his slim volume will help people not only pray and meditate on the rosary, but to also read the Bible more.  Like a student who suddenly understands a new concept, Frasco hopes the same will happen with the Scripture verses he’s included.
“This can be used by people who don’t know Scripture very well,” he said.
A unique feature about “Reflection of the Son” is that it contains three different sets of scriptural references for each of the 20 mysteries: one from the actual account, the second from New Testament verses and the third from the Old Testament.  
“The whole goal of the rosary is to get to know Jesus on a deeper level,” he said.  “If people can attain that with this aid, that’s more than I could have hoped for.”
Another feature is photographs of stained glass windows that show events listed in the mysteries.  “Most of the photos came from local churches,” said Steve Hesprich, president of Spirit of Leadership, which published the book. “We had to go online to locate others so we could finish the project.  Something like the Last Supper is easier to find than say, the Wedding at Cana or the Baptism in the Jordan.”
The initial run of “Reflection of the Son” numbers 750 copies.  Hesprich said some of the proceeds will go to a second run.  Other money will benefit seminaries in Colorado.

“Reflections of the Son” can be found at New Life Bookstore at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Sacred Heart Cathedral School, both in Dodge City.


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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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