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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‘Dinners With the Bishop’ ...

...Allowing Catholics a chance to get to know Bishop John

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

They welcomed the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt with opened arms -- several parishes across the diocese -- to small and intimate gatherings where he could listen to parishioners share their hopes and dreams for their parish and diocese, and where the bishop could share his hopes with them.
But at the heart of the “Dinners with the Bishop” series was yet another goal, that of simply allowing Catholics across the diocese to get to know their bishop on a more personal level. Over a nine-month period, the bishop gathered with people in Ulysses, Scott City, Barber County, Ness City and Ransom, Ellinwood, Liberal, Claflin, Odin and Dodge City. They met in private homes, in hotel meeting rooms, and even in restaurants. They dined together, shared some laughs, and discussed what is important to them as Catholics in southwest Kansas. The dinner gatherings will resume in September.
In Ulysses, Mary, Queen of Peace parishioners Ray and Irene Valasquez prepared dinner for the bishop and several fellow parishioners at a meeting room of the recently constructed Corporate East Hotel. The couple and members of their family (they have six children and 11 grandchildren) prepared prime rib for the approximately 30 attendees.
“There were just enough people to be intimate,” Irene said. “The bishop was able to ask questions one on one. We wrote down questions on a piece of paper. I think they got their questions answered and got to know our bishop better.”
Topics ranged from uniting a culturally diverse parish to the changes to the Mass.
“The bishop was very brave to be in the hot seat,” Irene said with a chuckle. “I was impressed with the idea -- impressed that he wants to get to know us like that.”
In some locations, the bishop offered two sessions, one in English and one in Spanish.
Bishop Brungardt (who often goes by “Bishop John”), said that he has noted a few key focus areas emerging, such as the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization; stewardship revitalization; adoration outside of Mass; marriage and Natural Family Planning; and ordained priest vocations.
One of his many hopes, he said, is to “evangelize young people so that they can stay engaged in their faith.”
Len and Linda Moeder operate Mo’s Place in Beaver, a restaurant and micro-brew pub that opened in 2004, and has since carved out a successful niche. On a recent Thursday, they had just served lunch to more than 60 people when Len took the time to speak to the Register.
“It was a very relaxed evening,” Len said of the night he and Linda hosted the dinner gathering for the bishop in May. “We served lasagna with green beans and homemade rolls. A week later one of the guys who was at the dinner came in and said, ‘I’d like a bishop’s meal.’”
Participants came from Odin and Claflin as well.
“The people who came really participated well,” Len said. “The dialogue seemed like it went well all around. Some people even hung back when it was time to leave.”
Among the topics of discussion were perpetual adoration, Divine Mercy Sunday, and the hope that one day there might be a Catholic high school in the diocese.
“I like to go to these events,” Len said. “It’s important to show our support and appreciation to our priests.
“I thought it was really good,” he added. “We liked it so well that we volunteered that if there’s another dinner at another parish near Beaver, we’d be honored to host it as well.”

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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

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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

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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;
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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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