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 gift of our seminarians

‘It was not you who chose Me, but I who chose you.’
-- John 15:16

Seminarians for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, Tylan Ricketts and Jacob Schneider, took time to answer some questions for the Southwest Kansas Register. Due to an SKR computer error, seminarian Juan Salas did not receive the questions in time to respond by deadline. The SKR will include his remarks in the next issue.

Jacob Schneider
Jacob Schneider was born in Great Bend, the son of Bob, a mechanic, and Kathy, a nurse. He has one sister and four brothers.
Southwest Kansas Register: When did you first feel the call to enter the priesthood?
Jacob: I guess you could say when I was a kid, but I really think I began to realize that God might be calling me to be a priest in college. It took really three  years  until  I filled out the ap-
plication for seminary.

SKR: Who influenced you along the way?
Jacob: A whole array of people. Father [Ultan] Murphy, Father Ted Stoecklein. My family definitely; many people from my parish and even an athletic director when I was officiating in college.
SKR: How did your families react to your decision to enter the priesthood?
Jacob: Very supportive and proud of me.
SKR: What did you imagine seminary would be like? Is it different than you imagined?
Jacob: Before entering seminary I did not really know what to expect, but I had no idea how much God would allow me to grow and come to love Him more more through seminary life. Seminarians are normal guys. We have Army Rangers, engineers, farmers, all-Americans, school teachers, doctors, police officers, musicians, and a guy whose major was industrial arts. I recall a conversation I had recently when I told a few people this and the comment was made that we sound more like a group of super heroes, and that we should get actions figures made! I advised against this but keep your eye open.
SKR: As you go through seminary, have you recognized any misconceptions about seminary students, or those seeking the priesthood, that you would like to dispel?
Editor’s Note: See Jacob’s answer to this question in a special column.
SKR: Can you name something that you look forward to in your priesthood?
Jacob: Hearing confessions and offering the Mass.
SKR: What do you think will be one of the primary challenges?
Jacob: A challenge that I believe I will face in the priesthood, in the words of a spiritual director at our seminary, is “to bring love to a loveless world, and to bring heart to a heartless world”. If one looks at the direction that our society is heading, this statement is not an exaggeration. But what goes with it is not despairing in situations that you can not do anything to help. One must never despair. If one were to look at the culture and look at the power they lack to change it, this could lead to despair very easily. We must always have, hold, and grow in hope in a Loving, Merciful God. One must never loose sight of Him who is our purpose for living. Making sure that this is never from my mind I believe will be a challenge.  
SKR: Can you describe one of your favorite things about attending seminary?
Jacob: The food! In all honesty I find a lot of comfort in knowing that every guy out here is struggling down the path of holiness. We are all trying to hear God’s call for us in our life. Another thing that is very special and rewarding is the atmosphere of the seminary is unique. The Liturgy, prayer, and the classes take on a different connotation than anywhere else.

 


Tylan Ricketts
Tylan Ricketts was born in Garden City and reared in Sublette. He is the son of Chris and Diana Ricketts, who own a lumberyard in Sublette. He has five younger brothers.
Southwest Kansas Register: When did you first feel the call to enter the priesthood?
Tylan: When I was very young, about 5, I first “felt” the call to enter the priesthood. When I was a senior in college, I first “heard” the call.
SKR: Who influenced you along the way?
Tylan: My former pastor, Father Emil Dinkel, influenced me in my early years. My Spiritual Director in college, Father Meinrad Miller, also influenced me. My grandparents, Marlyn and Alice Morrison, were also big influences in my vocation.
SKR: How did your families react to your decision to enter the priesthood?
Tylan: They were very supportive and excited for me to do what God wants me to do,  even  if
certain ones don’t exactly understand it fully.
SKR: What did you imagine seminary would be like? Is it different than you imagined?
Tylan: I went into the seminary expecting it to be like a college, only with the added elements of supporting the spirituality that I never got at Benedictine College. In a sense that was true. But what I didn’t imagine was that the seminary not only supports spirituality, but actually encourages us through holy obedience and through various other aspects of seminary life, to take up the difficult task of striving for sanctity, for the sake of souls.
SKR: As you go through seminary, have you recognized any misconceptions about seminary students, or those seeking the priesthood, that you would like to dispel?
Tylan: Just because we’re in seminary doesn’t mean that we are holier than the average person. We still struggle and fight with our own problems. In fact, it is because we struggle with our problems that we are able to help others with the struggles they face. It is like Hebrews 5:2 says, “He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness.”
SKR: Can you name something that you look forward to in your priesthood?
Tylan: Bringing the grace of God and reconciliation with Him to my parishioners, through the sacraments.
SKR: What do you think will be one of the primary challenges?
Tylan: As we “progress” in history, our culture starts to think less of living a virtuous life, and is starting to put pressure on Catholics to reject the truth and accept instead the values which the world approves of. It will become harder for anybody to speak the truth anymore, and if one of the primary roles of the priest is to do so, it’ll become a big challenge of the priestly life.
SKR: Can you describe one of your favorite things about attending seminary?
Tylan: Being among a great group of guys who have a common interest: growing deeper in love with Jesus and with the people we are going to serve. (We have arguments in the seminary as to which diocese is really the best…almost everyone agrees that that diocese is Dodge City).  But, as much as I love seminary, I look forward to serving the Dodge City diocese with all my heart, and growing to love Jesus more and more with the people of the diocese.







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Feb. 10, 2019

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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