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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Trina Delgado named Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Trina Delgado, who has served as principal at both St. Mary and St. Dominic schools in Garden City, has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Dodge City.
She replaces the outgoing Randall Steinle who was serving as the interim superintendent.
Delgado will continue her position as principal of St. Dominic School, while St. Mary lead teacher Michelle Mead will take over as principal at St. Mary School.  
“The most important thing for me right now is to learn as much as I can about the superintendent’s role,” Delgado said. “Bishop [John] Brungardt is a very pro-school bishop. I’ll learn from him as well as from the Wichita Diocese. What they’re doing is obviously working. They have the growth of many new Catholic schools, and it only makes sense to learn from the success in all areas that they are having.”

Delgado and her husband, Dan, moved to Garden City from Nebraska in 1993. Both were teachers, and were hired to teach at Victor Ornelas Elementary School in Garden City.  Delgado was working toward her Master’s Degree in elementary education at this time. Within three years of her arrival she was hired as principal of St. Mary School, and in 1998 began serving as principal of both St. Mary and St. Dominic schools.   
Her husband serves as head cross country and track coach at Garden City Community College. The couple has four children.
“The most difficult thing for me in making this decision, although I’m extremely excited about the challenge of the new position, was knowing that I would have to give up principalship at one of my two schools.  I will miss the daily interaction with the St. Mary students, families and staff.  I take comfort in the fact that I will continue to be a part of St. Mary, simply serving them in a different role,” Delgado said.
St. Mary School received the Building-Wide Standard of Excellence in 2009, 2010, and 2011. St. Dominic School has received the honor every year since 2007. In 2007, St. Dominic School was awarded the Governor’s Achievement Award after their state assessments ranked in the top five percent of the state of Kansas.
“We have strong Catholic leaders and teachers in all of our Catholic schools,” Delgado said. “I see my role as being the face of the Catholic schools and of Catholic education as a whole -- of promoting and supporting Catholic education in our diocese and maintaining the wonderful things we currently have happening.
“Our seven schools have a strong history of tradition along with success in Catholic education.  I hope to bring a vision for growth for our diocese as well. Children attending a Catholic school are immersed in Catholic education for seven and a half hours every day.  It strengthens and compliments what they are taught at home.  Combined with rigorous academics, it’s a natural fit for what an education is meant to be.”
“Trina’s proven commitment to Catholic education equips her well to serve in this position of such key responsibility as we look forward to celebrating the Year of Faith and to further exploring the possibilities of the New Evangelization,” said Bishop Brungardt
“I am grateful for Trina’s willingness to take on the position of Superintendent.  I know that she will have your prayerful support and cooperation.  
“I thank Randy Steinle for the service he has provided as our interim Superintendent and appreciate his readiness to assist in the transition.”


 

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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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