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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Catholic Social Service office opened 50 years ago in Great Bend

By Tim Wenzl
Southwest Kansas Catholic

Editor’s Note: Catholic Social Service hosted a Chamber of Commerce Coffee on March 5 in Great Bend to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of its office in that community. Coverage of the occasion will appear in the March 22 issue.
Catholic Social Service recognizes March 15, 1965 as its official founding date. It was on that day that the agency opened its doors at an office at 10th and Washington in Great Bend.
Father Walter Weiss was the founding executive director. He received his master’s degree in social work at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His master’s dissertation was an investigation of the need for a Catholic Social Service agency in the Dodge City diocese.
The office for Catholic Social Service was located in Great Bend due to the fact that in 1965, one third of the Catholic population in the Diocese of Dodge City was within a 25-mile area around that city.
The Most Rev. Marion F. Forst, bishop of Dodge City at the time Catholic Social Service was founded, announced the opening of the agency in a circular letter to his priests dated Feb. 27, 1965:
“An expanded Catholic Charities venture by the Diocese of Dodge City will officially get underway on March 15, 1965. On that date the office will be opened.
“How this will work out only God knows. Seemingly the various County Welfare Offices have sought and welcome the diocese’s going into this work. But give us a prayer that the work that’s done is real charity, and truly reflects the Church’s responsibility to ‘love our neighbors.’
“As we launch this Social Service venture, may I add this personal note of thanks to the priests who in the past have carried on the diocese’s charity program. Mostly it was a service to unwed mothers and adoptive parents. Yet Father Gilbert Herrman and Father Eugene van Sloun did a magnificent job in serving anyone at any time or place as best they were able.”
Initially, the Board of Directors was composed of 23 members from the areas of Great Bend, St. John, Larned, Albert, Hoisington, Ellinwood, La Crosse, and Ness City.
The first board included: Bob Rychlec, Frank Schartz, Joseph Mermis, Jr, Clair Cavanaugh, M.D., Larry Keenan, Frances Esfeld, Dave O’Neill, Zenon Lopez, Alfonso Bricoe, Sister M. Constance, Sister M. Ancilla, Father Richard Konda, Msgr. George Husmann, all of Great Bend; Father Bernard Groome and Polly Taylor, St. John; W.R. Brenner, M.D., and Ron Scott, Larned; R.J. Pivonka, Albert; Cody Ochs, Hoisington; Ed Robl and Keith Rickert, Ellinwood; Paul Shramek, Ness City; and Ben Enslinger, La Crosse.
The agency offered service in the areas of “marriage and family counseling, homemaker services, adoptions and aid to unwed mothers.” When the office opened, it was the only agency west of Wichita offering marriage and family counseling on a professional basis.
The agency now has offices located in each of the three deaneries in the diocese. Articles on the services developed and nurtured over the last 50 years have been featured in the diocesan newspaper since November of 2014 and will continue this year.
Throughout its history, Catholic Social Service has worked in the areas of adoption, child care, housing, troubled youth, alcoholism, parenting education, refugee services, children and spousal abuse and prevention, emergency assistance, pregnancy counseling, aging, foster and respite care for children with disabilities, search and reunion services for adult adoptees, birth parents and their families and family counseling.
The mission of Catholic Social Service has been to reach out to those most in need. The agency advocates social justice with the philosophy that people should have equal access to resources, services, and opportunities that are essential for the accomplishment of life-tasks.

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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
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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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