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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Formation:

Feeding the Spirit within

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Editor’s Note: Promoting the four pillars of Stewardship -- formation, prayer, service and hospitality -- prepares us for, and is part of, our Commitment Sunday, Nov. 23. In this article, as in the bishop’s column, we are focusing on the first pillar, “Formation.”
It’s called “Commitment Sunday,” but it could be called, “Bring a Smile to Jesus Sunday,” or “Christ and Co. Job Fair Sunday.”
One step which leads into, and is part of, Commitment Sunday, is “Formation,” allowing Christ to mold us like a piece of clay.   As we near Nov. 23, Catholics across the diocese will be introduced to a variety of ways they can get involved in their parish. They will also be shown activities and programs designed to strengthen their faith and/or their knowledge of the Church. The first way:
Formation
With a little creativity, formation programs can build the faith life of adults and youth while not putting them to sleep.
“Theology on Tap,” for instance, is a gathering of young adults who meet at a local pub where they listen to a guest speaker, such as Father Wesley Schawe. Jennifer Mai introduced the program to the diocese in 2008. “It seems like the younger generation is looking for a home, a place where they can feel comfortable,” Mai said in an earlier article.
“And this provides that for them.  And it also serves that group of people who may not feel comfortable coming into a Wednesday night Bible study or a Sunday prayer group.”
Or, adults and youth alike might take part in an ITV (Interactive Television) presentation. For example, on Oct. 15, Father Terrance Klein will present a program on “Faith and Literature, An Evening With Harry Potter.”
This program is free and opened to the public. Other programs presented through ITV are designed for catechist formation, so that our teachers have a convenient place to go for their continuing formation.
Presented in cooperation with Newman University, ITV allows participants to take part in the discussion from sites in Dodge City,  Great Bend, Garden City, Liberal, Pratt, Ness City, Scott City, Sharon, Syracuse, and Ulysses (in other words, travelling distance is no excuse!).  
And there is the Pastoral Ministry Formation program, which is open to any adult with a desire to learn more about their faith. It is designed to help people become stronger witnesses and, if they choose, pastoral ministers for the Diocese of Dodge City. They can earn a college degree (through Newman University) in pastoral ministry, or a diocesan diploma (by completing 30 college credit hours.
Pratt resident Dave Borho took another path toward earning a Master’s of Theological Studies (MTS) degree. He simply turned on his home computer.
In 2009, Wichita-based Newman University has teamed with the Diocese of Dodge City to present the MTS degree curriculum through a new, Internet-based program, allowing students to take classes from the comfort of their home.
When asked in 2009 why he decided to commit the time to the class, he told the Register, “I just felt a need, a calling to learn more about Church, God and ministry.
“One thing has always struck me about this and why our bishops are visionary in presenting this program: they are offering the opportunity to lay people to not only know their faith, but to be leaders in their parishes and dioceses by educating them.”
The Heartland Center for Spirituality offers a wealth of formation programs, from Spirit-Life classes, to the simple and fun, “Movies With a Message.” For more information, go to heartlandspirituality.org.
Formation allows youth and adults to, as Pope Francis said, “...encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us in every way, to share with them the love, peace, and joy of the Risen Lord.”
In a 2013 homily, Bishop John Brungardt asked, “How do we spend our time: fruitfully, wasted, or sinfully? I encourage you to use God’s gift of time fruitfully by participating in the formation activities here at the parish and the diocese. There are many great print materials, resources on the Internet, etc., to assist us to grow in our Catholic faith. Let us be diligent students of Jesus.”
For more information, visit dcdiocese.org/adult-formation.

Past Issues

Feb. 24, 2019

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

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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