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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College Connection: Diocese helps connect

27 students with campus ministry

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

It can be somewhat intimidating to go off to college: leaving home for the first time; saying goodbye to family and friends; suddenly living in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people.
By connecting new students with the school’s Catholic Campus Center, the Diocese of Dodge City “College Connection” program offers students a firm, faith foundation on which they can start their college life.
Michelle Wehkamp of Ingalls recently finished her first year at Kansas State University. Upon her arrival in Manhattan, she became involved at St. Isadore Parish, which serves the Catholic student community. Eventually, she would be attending a weekly Tuesday night rosary followed by Mass, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, and a Thursday night praise and worship gathering. It didn’t happen immediately. Like so many new students, Michelle didn’t know anybody when she first arrived. She attended Mass and made friends, some of whom were involved with the campus ministry. Father Jarett Konrade invited the students to get involved. By her second semester, Michelle was attending the weekly rosary, and Mass twice weekly. And she was having a lot of fun.
“There’s so much there to offer,” she said. “They definitely have a lot for you to get involved with.”
Besides praise and worship, the Catholic Student Center offers everything from canoe trips to bowling to ice skating.
“I think it’s really important,” Michelle said. “You need that time as a college student. It was very good to help you de-stress and to have a great relationship with God.
“Everyone there was so welcoming and nice,” she said. “It’s a great way to meet friends.”
The College Connection program runs prior to each new school year.
This year, the Vocations Office helped connect high school seniors and transfer students from the diocese to 27 colleges/schools so that they would be invited to continue to enrich their Catholic faith at their new college home in the Fall.  
Connections were made to the following colleges/schools: Benedictine College, Bethel College, Butler Community College, Colby Community College, Dodge City Community College, Emporia State University, Fort Hayes State University, Garden City Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Heritage College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Kansas State University, NCK Tech, Newman University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Northwestern Missouri State University, Oklahoma State University, Pratt Community College, Seward County Community College, St. Louis University, Sterling College, Truman State University, Tulsa School of Welding, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Wichita State University, and Pittsburg State University.
“Some of the greatest activity in the Catholic Church today is centered on college campuses,” noted Becky Hessman, Coordinator for Vocations for the Diocese of Dodge City.
St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University offers not only a host of social activities, it also offers mission trips, service projects such as serving at nursing homes and providing Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens, and even becoming Eucharistic Ministers and bringing Communion to local hospitals. There are Bible studies, Thursday evening praise and worship, RCIA, and several retreats offered throughout the year.
“I want to thank the many people who participated in College Connection 2013 in the Diocese of Dodge City,” Hessman stressed. “Graduating seniors, transfer students, parents, grandparents, Godparents, youth ministers, and others submitted information during the months of April and May so that the Vocations Office could connect these new students to their new Catholic Campus Center.”
If you have a student who will be graduating from high school next spring, or who will be transferring to another college, watch for the next diocese College Connection program, which will occur in April and May of 2014.

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

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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

 

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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

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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