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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‘I think it’s awesome’
The following is reprinted with permission from the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation.
Darci Burkes of Coldwater met her two friends in nearby Protection and caravanned north to the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City.  When they arrived at 4 p.m. on Thursday, they started the line that would continue to grow throughout the night.
“I think it’s awesome they do this for people who cannot afford dental care,” said Burkes.  ”Something like this means a lot to us.”
Burkes and her friend Sharron Lee are both cashiers.
“Healthy people make more productive people,” Lee said.  ”We are in the public eye all the time.”
Burkes’ last visit to the dentist was in 2011 when she had a tooth extracted.  She is hoping to have teeth extracted and her two front teeth restored.  But with Medicaid coverage, the services she needs are not covered she says, and with her job, it’s difficult to take time off.
“I am very self conscious about my teeth,” Burkes said as her eyes began to tear.   “I would say thank  you to the volunteers.  If I could give everyone a hug, I would.”

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Kansas dentists provide

free care for 1,200 patients

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Hundreds of people spent the night at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City, hoping to take advantage of free dental care offered Feb. 28 and March 1 through the Kansas Mission of Mercy dental clinic.
Thanks to the help of several hundred local volunteers, including dentists and dental assistants from across Kansas, some 1,200 low-income individuals and families were able to receive needed dental care.
“One woman came in with multiple abscesses,” said Dr. Richard Stein of Stein Dental in Dodge City and co-chair of the Dodge City Volunteer Committee. “Now she has a nice smile. A lot of people, if not for this, would eventually have to go to the emergency room.”
“One hundred percent of the dentists in Dodge City participated” in the clinic, Dr. Stein said. The local dentists were among approximately 115 from across the state who took part.
The evening before, organizers met at the Knights of Columbus hall in Dodge City where the Knights provided a dinner, and organizers gave a presentation on the Mission’s efforts.
“We were blessed by the fact that Dodge City is a town steeped in volunteerism,” noted Dr. Richard McFadden, co-chair of the Volunteer Committee, on the event website.
Patients began lining up at 4 p.m. Feb. 26. By 5:30 a.m. Feb. 27, the center was filled to capacity, and people were being turned away. They would be able to try again the following night.
Those lucky enough to make it inside filed into a large seating area while awaiting triage, where the seriousness of their condition would be determined. After an initial exam, they may be sent to an area awaiting fillings, extractions or oral surgery.
An area prepared for children was lined with stuffed animals. Near the back was a section set off for sanitizing dental tools.
According to volunteer Jane Longmeyer, patients were given a breakfast and lunch, both provided free thanks to the donations of food, food preparation, and $160,000 in funding.
“The community has been extremely responsive,” Longmeyer said proudly. “Organizations throughout the state donated.”
Greg Hill, Executive Director of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, of which Kansas Mission of Mercy is a part, noted that this is the 13th project they’ve done, the first taking place in Garden City in 2003. Other dental associations provide the clinics across the country.
The next Kansas clinic will take place in Salina on Feb. 13 and 14, 2015.
“There’s a real need in the community for dentistry that’s not being met,” said Dr. Stein. “I’m hoping a public health dental clinic can be incorporated as part of the Ford County Health Department,” thus making dental care far more accessible.
“All we need to do is work together. A lot of these people are invisible,” he said, waving his hand across the vast crowd. “This makes them visible.” 



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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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