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 consecrated life:

A great gift of God


By MOST REV. JOHN B. BRUNGARDT
Bishop of Dodge City

As we begin a new calendar year, we reflect on the many gifts received from the Lord in 2011 and before.  One such gift is the religious life, those women and men living a consecrated vocation in a religious community.  Blessed John Paul II taught: “Religious bring the People of God into contact with the Redemption by the evangelical and ecclesial witness they bear by word and example to the message of Jesus.”  
My first awareness of religious sisters was as a second grader at Seven Dolors Catholic Grade School in Manhattan.  The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia taught me; some were probably praying that I would be a priest some day!  My fourth grade teacher, Sister Leo Frances, recently died; may God bring her soul to the heavenly glory.  I thank those sisters, and the many other religious sisters and brothers who have brought the faith of Jesus and His Church to me, and continue to influence me in my episcopal ministry.
On Saturday, Feb. 4 we will have a special Mass in thanksgiving for the Consecrated Religious serving in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  This Holy Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Dominican Motherhouse in Great Bend, with lunch following.  
I invite you to join me in celebrating the gift of our consecrated religious who minister to and with us.
Blessed John Paul II wrote to the Bishops of the United States: “The religious life in the United States has indeed been a great gift of God to the Church and to your country. From the early colonial days, by the grace of God, the evangelizing zeal of outstanding men and women religious, encouraged and sustained by the persevering efforts of the Bishops, has helped the Church to bring the fruits of the Redemption to your land. Religious were among your pioneers. They blazed a trail in Catholic education at all levels, helping to create a magnificent educational system from elementary school to university. They brought into being health care facilities remarkable both for their numbers and quality. They made a valuable contribution to the provision of social services. Working towards the establishment of justice, love and peace, they helped to build a social order rooted in the Gospel, striving to bring generation after generation to the maturity of Christ.
Their witness to the primacy of Christ’s love has been expressed through lives of prayer and dedicated service to others. Contemplative religious have contributed immensely to the vitality of the ecclesial community. At every stage in its growth, the Church in your nation, marked by a conspicuous fidelity to the See of Peter, has been deeply indebted to its religious: priests, sisters, brothers. The religious of America have also been a gift to the universal Church, for they have given generously to the Church in other countries; they have helped throughout the world to evangelize the poor and to spread Christ’s Gospel of peace.”
These many ministries and apostolates have born fruit in our diocese, and we are grateful to the religious women and men who have served so faithfully and with such dedication in Southwest Kansas these many years.  Children and singles: open your hearts to Jesus’ call to the religious life.  Join us on Feb. 4 for our celebration of the Consecrated Life.  Speak with a religious sister or a religious priest serving in our diocese – they will tell you all about the blessings God has given them in their calling.  Jesus calls many to the consecrated life – He loves us more than we can ask or imagine!

 

La Vida Consagrada: Un Gran Regalo de Dios

+ Reverendo John B. Brungardt
Obispo de Dodge City

Mientras comenzamos un año nuevo en el calendario, reflexionamos en los numerosos regalos recibidos del Señor en el 2011 y antes.  Uno de estos regalos es la vida religiosa, esos hombres y mujeres viviendo una vocación consagrada en una comunidad religiosa.  Beato Juan Pablo II enseño: “Los/as Religiosos/as traen el Pueblo de Dios en contacto con la Redención por el testimonio evangélico y eclesial que llevan por palabra y ejemplo al mensaje de Jesús.”
Mi primer conocimiento de hermanas religiosas fue como un estudiante de segundo grado de la Escuela Primaria Católica Los Siete Dolores en Manhattan.  Las Hermanas de San José de Concordia me daban clases; ¡algunas probablemente estaban orando para que yo fuera un sacerdote algún día!  Mi maestra de cuarto grado, la Hermana Leo Frances, falleció recientemente; que Dios lleve su alma a la gloria celestial.  Le doy gracias a esas hermanas, y a tantas otras hermanas religiosas y hermanos religiosos que han traído la fe de Jesús y Su Iglesia a mí, y que continúan influyendo sobre mí en mi ministerio episcopal.  
El sábado, 4 de febrero vamos a tener una Misa especial en acción de gracias por los/as religiosos/as consagrados/as sirviendo en nuestra Diócesis Católica de Dodge City.  La Santa Misa será a las 10:30 a.m. en la Dominican Motherhouse en Great Bend, seguido por una comida.  Los invito a que me acompañen a celebrar el regalo de nuestros religiosos/as consagrados/as que sirven en ministerio para y con nosotros.
Beato Juan Pablo II le escribió a los obispos de Estados Unidos: “La vida religiosa en los Estados Unidos ha sido realmente un gran regalo de Dios para la Iglesia y para su país.  Desde los primeros años coloniales, por la gracia de Dios, el celo evangelizador de los/as extraordinarios/as hombres y mujeres religiosos/as, animado y sostenido por el esfuerzo perseverado de los Obispos, a ayudado a la Iglesia a llevar los frutos de la Redención a su tierra.  Los/as religiosos/as estuvieron entre sus pioneros.  Ellos/as abrieron el camino hacia la educación católica en todos los niveles, ayudando a crear un sistema educativo magnifico desde la escuela primaria asta la universidad.  Le dieron vida a instalaciones de salud extraordinarias por sus números y por su calidad.  Dieron una valiosa contribución a la subastación de servicios sociales.  Trabajando hacia el establecimiento de justicia, amor y paz, ayudaron a construir un orden social basado en el Evangelio, esforzándose por llevar a generación tras generación a la madurez de Cristo.  Su testimonio al amor primordial de Cristo ha sido expresado por sus vidas de oración y servicio dedicado a los demás.  Religiosos/as contemplativos/as han contribuido inmensamente a la vitalidad de la comunidad eclesial.  En cada etapa de su crecimiento, la Iglesia en su país, marcada con una destacada fidelidad hacia la Sede de Pedro, ha estado profundamente endeudada con sus religiosos/as: sacerdotes, hermanas, hermanos.  Los/as religiosos/as de América han sido también un regalo para la Iglesia universal, porque han dado generosamente a la Iglesia en otros países; han ayudo a través de todo el mundo a evangelizar a los pobres y a propagar el Evangelio de Cristo de paz.”
Estos numerosos ministerios y apostolados han dado frutos en nuestra diócesis, y les estamos agradecidos a las mujeres religiosas y a los hombres religiosos que han servido con fidelidad y con tanta dedicación en el Suroeste de Kansas por tantos años.  Niños/as y solteros/as: ábranle su corazón al llamado de Jesús a la vida religiosa.  Acompáñenos el 4 de febrero para nuestra celebración de la Vida Consagrada.  Hablen con una hermana religiosa o un hermano religioso en nuestra diócesis—ellos les hablaran sobre todas las bendiciones que Dios les ha dado en su llamado.  Jesús llama a muchos/as a la vida consagrada— ¡Él nos ama mas de lo que podamos pedir o imaginar!

Past Issues

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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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