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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Mark Roth to serve diocese as Director of Development

Dighton native to help ensure that parishes, schools build strong financial base
Liberal resident Mark Roth is the new full-time Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City and will begin his ministry on December 16.  Previously, development activities were handled by Eric Haselhorst who will continue as the Stewardship Director for the diocese.
After a development summit held last year, attended by pastors and laity from various Catholic organizations and councils in the diocese, the recommendation to pursue a full-time development director was given.  Catholic Extension Society has provided a three-year grant of more than $130,000 to help finance this new ministry position. Dan Stremel, Finance Director for the diocese, said, “The development summit was the beginning step in pursuing a full-time development position. Our long-time supporters in ministry, Catholic Extension Society, saw the value in having a full-time development director too and have responded favorably to our request for financial assistance”.
Roth, a native of Dighton, has served as Vice President of the First National Bank of Liberal for 16 years. He has been married for 33 years to Lila, who was born and reared in Kinsley. They have two grown children: Philip, who is married to Kimberly and serves in the Air Force; and Amanda, who lives in Kansas City with her husband, B.J.
Roth earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Newman University in Wichita. Part of his job will include helping diocesan entities -- including schools, parishes, and members of the curia -- develop strategies that will provide financial stability for all ministries of the people of the diocese
While the specifics of the job description are being drawn out, Roth anticipates spending a lot of time on the road visiting with schools, parishes, endowment boards, Knights of Columbus councils, and other groups across the diocese. He will also visit with potential donors, assist with estate and planned giving presentations, write grants, and educate people about the needs of the Church in southwest Kansas and beyond.  One of the first projects will be to implement a data base management system for the diocese.
“Mark brings the personal characteristics we were looking for in our Development Director – namely, ministerial commitment and the willingness to succeed, as well as the business and people skills that are needed to share our mission with the people of the Diocese,” said Stremel.  I’ve known Mark for several years now and am excited to work with him as we continue to enhance ministry to the people of the diocese”.      
Roth, Past State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus, sees his new position as a way to live out his Catholic faith more.
“I’m really excited and ready to get started,” he said. When he served as state deputy for the K of C, Roth attended Kansas Catholic Conference gatherings where he met with the Kansas bishops, sharing thoughts and ideas, and listening to their input.
His new job, he said, will be an extension of that – getting out into the community, sharing ideas and listening to others, all with the intent of growing a financial base on which parishes and other Catholic entities can thrive.
“I’m very excited to get out and meet people and to get involved.”

From Bishop John B. Brungardt

We are pleased to have a native son of the diocese, Mark Roth, as our new full-time Director of Development.  Mark brings a wealth of experience to assist parishes, institutions, and the diocese in the extraordinary stewardship of tithe/alms.  We are often called to an extra generosity, a benevolence that is “above and beyond” our ordinary sharing in the collection basket each Sunday.
Some examples of extraordinary stewardship of tithe/alms: the parish or diocese has an appeal for a building project, giving to relief efforts for a natural disaster (the Philippines or Sandy hurricanes, the Haiti earthquake, the Illinois tornadoes), the seminarian fund, our Catholic Schools, Catholic Social Service or other ways to assist those in need, you decide to put the parish, diocese, or other charity in your will, etc.
We thank the Catholic Extension Society and many generous and sacrificial donors here in the diocese for providing resources for this expansion to our development efforts.
Our Loving Lord has blessed us with many gifts; He asks us to share our financial resources with enthusiasm and joy. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
+ Bishop John Brungardt


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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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