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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The art and soul of adopting an 'attitude of gratitude'

Stewardship, Justice, Respect Life Conference

By DAVID MYERS and TIM WENZL
Southwest Kansas Register

There is an art to stewardship.
It is not only placing money in the collection basket, although that’s part of it -- it is also accepting and acknowledging with a grateful heart the multitude of gifts God has given all of us.
Having that “attitude of gratitude” was one of the primary themes of this year’s “Stewardship, Justice and Respect Life Conference” at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Aug. 27.
Among the speakers was the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, who asked a young child who it was who first taught him to say “thank you.” Looking into the microphone, the child whispered a shy, “I don’t know.”
These moments are expected with the bishop, who typically engages the congregation during his homilies and talks. He asked those gathered to get into groups of four: “I want you to write down 50 different things for which you are thankful. You have five minutes!”

A young Leah Stein sat with her parents, Mike and Coleen, and wrote down such things as “teachers,” “family,” “Eucharist,” “faith” and “health.”
“When we really open up our lives, we realize we have not 50, not 100, but thousands of things to be thankful for,” the bishop said.
The bishop called forth all the youth of the audience, whom he led around the altar and then to the tabernacle where they knelt together in thanks for Christ’s sacrifice.

Thank you, Lord, for our dignity;
Please help me never to take it away from others.


Bonnie Toombs, director of the Respect Life and Social Justice Office in Wichita, said during her keynote address that she once asked a group of fourth graders: Who has the most dignity, a person making straight As, or a child who is struggling?
“They answered, the person making straight As,” she said. “I could understand this answer coming from children. I told them that we’re all equal in God’s eyes.
“So, the next week I asked a group of adults: Who has more dignity, a newborn baby or a homeless man? The majority answered that it was the newborn. I wanted to cry. That’s where we’re at. We are willing to do whatever we can to help a newborn, but Catholic Social Teaching also tells us we have to help those who aren’t cute and cuddly.     
“I’d say that everyone in this room is living fairly comfortably. But not everyone in Kansas is living comfortably, and most of them are children. We have to help everyone.”
She said that dignity doesn’t come with what we have or what we do for a living.
“We’re really a ‘me’ society. Jesus is asking you to get involved, to care more about people than things.”

Thank you, Lord, for being the Father of all people; Please help me to recognize that we are one global family.

Both the state and the Church have responsibilities for creating a just society, said Debbie Snapp, Executive Director of Catholic Social Service in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, who spoke on “Solidarity: Are We are Brother’s Keeper?”
Quoting teachings from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops on Solidarity, she said: “We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. …”
“The Church speaks of a ‘universal’ common good that reaches beyond our nation’s borders to the global community,” Snapp said.
“Solidarity recognizes that the fates of peoples of the earth are linked. Solidarity requires richer nations to aid poorer ones, command respect for different cultures, demands justice in international relationships, and calls on all nations to live in peace with one another.”
Snapp also referred to Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclicals and encouraged those in attendance to read them: “God is Love,” “Faith is Hope,” and “Charity in Truth.”
Snapp recommended “Justice Education, From Service to Solidarity,” by Suzanne C. Toton.

Thank you, Lord, for my food; my possessions, for the heat I feel in the winter, for security; Please help me to open my heart to those who have little.

If you are middle class, said Sister Janice Thome, you are concerned about how a meal tastes. If you are very rich, you are concerned about how it is presented.
But if you are very poor, you are worried about being fed. Or having your children fed.
Sister Janice is part of the Ministry of Presence. Formed in 1997, the ministry serves those who have fallen through the cracks, those for whom there are no other resources available. This includes, among others, undocumented immigrants -- who face a multitude of challenges that are difficult for most people to even imagine.
Sister Janice spoke of meeting a man in his 50s who had ridden a bicycle from Las Vegas to Garden City to find work, and was currently living in a tent.
She met a woman who came home after giving birth, only to find an eviction notice on her door. Her husband had been deported after being pulled over for a cracked windshield.
“Nobody can think of the kind of desperation that makes people come here,” she said. “It’s terribly risky. You may be turned away at the border. You could be killed or raped. They may choose to go to the embassy; if they’re very lucky, they will be able to come to the United States in eight years. Their kids could starve to death by then.”

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of other youth. Please help me to remember what is most important as we grow up.

New to this year’s Stewardship, Justice and Respect Life Conference was a block of break-out sessions designed primarily for youth. Organizer Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, wanted to make the day more family friendly then it had been in the past. Several youth from at least four parishes attended the event, and created one of the most solemn moments of the entire day. In the Holy Family Social Hall the youth quietly knelt on pillows at  various “stations,” where they were to reflect on the gift of Christ’s sacrifice versus their possessions, selfish desires, etc.... All the youth took part, quietly and prayerfully. The session was led by Denise Strecker.
At a later youth session, Pam Vainer had each student take a different candy bar with names such as “Whatchamacallit,” “100 Grand,” “Mounds,” “Payday,” etc... Each student then had to explain to the other youth why that candy bar -- its name or ingredients (more than one was a bit nutty) represented them.
The moment was good for some laughs and fellowship

Other presentations:

Rebecca Ford of Catholic Social Service brought a bounty of items designed to help individuals make their home a safer place, all while helping the earth.
Dan Loughman, Stewardship Coordinator for the Diocese of Wichita, presented a session on “Forming and Using a Stewardship Council.” He said that Stewardship was not a program, but a life-long process and emphasized that stewardship is a “conversion journey and is not a way to fill the collection basket.”
Deanna Jones, pastoral minister at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, spoke on “The Gift of Self and Others: Transforming Hearts with the Theology of the Body.” Jones focused on the “Theology of the Body” writings of Pope John Paul II, and a book of the same title by Christopher West. “Theology of the Body is a compilation of 129 Wednesday talks delivered by Pope Jones Paul II from 1979 to 1984. In his book, West, a faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute, guides Catholics through the challenges and pressures society places on Catholic morality. For more information, on log onto www.theologyofthebody.com
Francis Waldren, of the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force, shared many of the warning signs that someone may be a problem gambler.
There were also presentations by Brea Roper, Kari Casterline, Margaret Iosi, among others.

Past Issues

Feb. 24, 2019

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Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

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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