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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Recently married high school sweethearts killed near Wright

They were barely one month wed when the Lord called the young couple home on a snowy day near Wright, the result of a car accident.

On Feb. 23, Luis Diego Galvan Gomez and Maritza Isabel Zamora Galvan, both 21, went together to their Loving Lord. According to police reports, the Subaru they were driving lost control and was struck by a semi truck. It had been snowing and windy throughout the day, with gusts reaching more than 50 miles per hour. The driver of the semi was uninjured.

Father Wesley Schawe celebrated a single Funeral Mass for both Luis and Maritza on March 1 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City.

Luis was the son of Jaime and Martha Galvan. He and his family moved to Dodge City from Mexico when he was an infant. He was a graduate of Dodge City High School.  He loved spending time with his family. He was a “Supra car guy” (Toyota sports car) and loved the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Maritza was born in Dodge City to Juan and Tonya (Bencomo) Zamora. She graduated from Dodge City High School and attended Dodge City Community College, from which she received her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) in December 2018. She was a fashionista, enjoying the artistry of  make-up and clothing—and she loved soccer.

It was in high school that the couple met and fell in love. They married on Jan. 26, 2019.

Luis leaves behind his parents; brothers, Jesus Galvan, Jaime Galvan, Alexander Galvan and Omar Galvan; his grandfather, Juan Galvan, and Raquel Renteria; his niece, Bellatrice Galvan; and several uncles and cousins.  

Maritza leaves behind her parents; brothers, Juan Manuel Zamora, Jr. and Brian Rutillo Zamora; her grandparents, Alvaro and Mary Bencomo and Francisco Zamora and Delphina Mora; a nephew, Arian Zamora; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

At the vigil held the day prior to the funeral, Bishop John Brungardt blessed the bodies of the young couple, both lying in view in the worship area.

 

 

 

The healing reward of kindness

The healing reward of kindness

By DAVE MYERS

There is so much joy in doing something kind for others that it occasionally feels self-serving!

We are a broken people. Not just because of the times; not just here at home. All people. All the time. Everywhere. If we weren’t, what need would we have for a Loving God? Besides, if you’re not broken in some way, there’s a good chance you’re the Second Coming, and you should call the bishop immediately.

Throughout our lives we have the choice to expand our brokenness: drugs and alcohol, pornography, gambling, excessive attachment to things of the world, a multitude of forms of abuse....

Or we can promote our own healing. One strong way to do so is through acts of kindness. We get such joy out of serving others because in doing so we heal ourselves — a healing that Bishop John is humbly asking us to use as a prayer for priestly vocations.

“One must do all one can for everybody, expecting no return save from God only.”  

-- St. John Vianney

So, my wife and I are in front of Hastings in Dodge City (long since gone out of business). I used to love going to Hastings. The movies, the action figures, the books! It was southwest Kansas’s version of Disneyland, at least for a nerd like me.

An older couple from Vietnam approached us and conveyed that they were looking for the Social Security office. They spoke little English and were from a distant town. It was difficult to explain where the office was; there were lots of turns and curves. And it didn’t help that all I really wanted was to get in the store and begin looking for “It Came From Beneath the Sea” on DVD.

Then my wife, Charlene, says, “You follow us! We will lead you!”

What? I said through the look on my face. No! I want to go look for my movie! I don’t have time for ....

“Love is patient, love is kind ...”

--  1 Corinthians 13:4

We get into the car and they follow us along the highway to the first of two turns, around the curved parking lot to the door of the Social Security Office.

We get out of the car. The diminutive couple walk over, put their hands together as if in prayer, close their eyes and bow to us. It was incredibly moving. Life-affirming. And to think I almost missed out on this wonderful healing moment.

On another occasion, while driving in downtown Denver, I came to a red light. On the corner was a man begging for money.

I dug out a couple of dollars, rolled down my window, reached over and gave them to him. Just a couple of dollars, no sacrifice at all.

Then something amazing happened. This man with the beard and wearing a dark hoodie that shadowed his face, held his hand out over my car and prayed over me. I saw St. Francis in this man.
A small gift for him, a great healing for me!

When God puts you in a place to perform an act of kindness, be honored! God is using you! God says, “My precious child needs help. Let’s get ________ (your name) in there. She/he will help ’em out! We can depend on _______!”

“What joy will there be at the judgement for those who will learn from Jesus Christ that the kindness they showed to the poor was kindness shown to him. ‘Yes,’ he will say to him, ‘it was I myself that you came to see in that poor person; it was to me that you rendered that service; it was to me that you gave alms at your door.’”

-- St. John Vianney, see Matt. 25:31-46

 

 

 

Inga Atkinson, "Favorite Catholic School Teacher"

Holy Family School’s Inga Atkinson named Divine Mercy Radio’s

Favorite Catholic School Teacher

Divine Mercy Radio’s contest has named Inga Atkinson of Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend “Favorite Catholic School Teacher.”

Votes were cast by staff and friends from Catholic schools along the radio station’s listening area, which stretches from Hays to Great Bend and all the surrounding communities.

Leslie Unrein, Assistant Director and Underwriting Representative for Divine Mercy Radio, released some snippets from a few of the comments that were received during the voting process. The names of the voters were not included:

  • “Ms. Inga Atkinson! She is fabulous with all her students and sparks interest in education at a young age.”
  • “Our granddaughters have [Mrs. Atkinson] for Pre-K and absolutely love her.”
  • “Mrs. Inga Atkinson at Holy Family School in Great Bend. Actually, she is one of all time favorites at this location.”
  • “(Mrs. Inga Atkinson) She is BEYOND amazing! She has taught all three of my boys, and I have never met anyone like her. She genuinely loves each and every child who comes into her room, and treats them just like her own kids. She is gentle, soft-spoken, and has a heart of gold. Her love of God shines through her heart and into her teaching. I wish every child had the opportunity to be in her classroom—every student deserves to be loved like she loves her kiddos! She, without a doubt, deserves to win this contest. She has taught for many, many years and has affected so many lives in the Great Bend area.”

Atkinson received a Certificate of Excellence and a $50 gift card for “An American Bistro” in Great Bend.

KAIRS names St. Dominic School teacher Judy Strasser

‘Distinguished Teacher of the Year’

St. Dominic School teacher Judy Strasser was named “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” at the annual KAIRS banquet Feb. 11 in Topeka.

KAIRS (Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools) represents more than 35,000 Kansas school children, nearly 2,400 teachers and approximately 22,000 families.

“I have taught at St. Dominic Catholic School for 25 wonderful years,” Strasser said. “The most rewarding thing to me about teaching in a Catholic school is that I can share my faith through Catholic teachings to help my students learn to love one another and to develop a moral and work ethic while receiving an excellent academic education.”

Strasser is married to Mark; the couple have two grown children, Kristin, 35, and David, 31. Apart from teaching the three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic), Strasser said she is privileged to “help prepare my students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist for these many years.  It is so special to see their bright, shining, holy faces when they receive these sacraments.

“As Catholic school educators, we strive to form our students morally as well as academically.  When years later I speak to, or hear about, former students, what a great joy it is to celebrate them for the caring, successful, productive, and upstanding members of society they have become, exhibiting all the Christian values that our school is so dedicated to instilling in them.  Even though I have had only a small part of their formation, I feel like a proud parent.”

Like the children, who will remember special moments from their elementary years throughout their life, teachers also hold special those times throughout the year when children are not just taught, but celebrated.

“Other fond memories I have are of Catholic Schools Week activities, Advent and Lenten activities, Spaghetti Dinners, Fun Days, Talent Shows, and class field trips, but what I treasure most are the relationships I have developed with my students, their families, and the many staff members that I have worked with over the years,” Strasser said. “We are truly a family.

“To receive the KAIRS award is a great honor and I truly appreciate it.  There are so many hardworking, deserving teachers in our diocese, and I share this award with them.”

Approaching its 50th year, KAIRS works to ensure that children attending religious and independent schools are treated equitably in educational law, policy and programs. KAIRS is committed to excellence in education and to maintaining unity within its membership and productive relationships with public school leadership.

 

 

Newman University opens School of Catholic Studies

The Newman University School of Catholic Studies will be the home of the programs below: (Courses are offered both on campus and online.)

Kansas

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Wichita

Master of Arts in Theology, Wichita

Master in Theological Studies, Wichita

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy for Theological Studies, St. Joseph House of Formation, Wichita

The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies, Wichita

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina

Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Bachelor of Arts in Theology as a 2nd degree for deacons, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Bachelor in Pastoral Ministry, Diocese of Tulsa

Arkansas

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy for Theological Studies, Little Rock House of Studies

 

For more information about the graduate theology programs in the Newman University School of Catholic Studies, please view the following youtube videos.

https://youtu.be/Bk-DcR7CyTs — Rome and Israel trips;

https://youtu.be/CrkiA6sHaNk — Degree overview;

https://youtu.be/-aRwmgYh9Qg — Affordability and program quality

 

 

Special to the Catholic

WICHITA — Newman University recently announced the formation of a new School of Catholic Studies, which houses theology, diaconate and pastoral ministry programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The new school also includes formation programs for seminarians in the dioceses of Wichita and Little Rock.

In addition to bringing existing programs together “under one roof,” the Newman School of Catholic Studies will provide expansion opportunity for a variety of future program areas. Currently, the school is in the planning stages for a two-year Catholic Studies degree, which will focus on the great books of the Catholic tradition.

Father Joseph Gile, S.T.D., associate professor of theology and priest of the Wichita diocese, has been named dean for the new school.

Father Gile said creating the school is a great step in continuing to build a solid relationship between the Catholic community and Newman.

Newman and the Diocese of Wichita formed a partnership in 2017, establishing a two-year formation program for its seminarians called the St. Joseph House of Formation. This past year, the program expanded to three years, and this week the diocese announced a fourth year will be added in fall 2019.

Last fall, Newman established a similar association with the Little Rock House of Studies.

This newest partnership began when St. Gregory’s, located near Oklahoma City, had to close its doors.

“When it closed, they came to us asking for Newman to accredit them,” explained Father Gile. “And they also realized the Wichita diocese was starting a house of studies, so it was a perfect opportunity for the two dioceses and Newman University.”

Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., is excited about the new school and what it means for the future of Newman and its students.

“Starting the School of Catholic Studies is a natural progression for Newman,” President Carrocci said. “The programs offered in this new school embrace our Catholic identity and rich heritage and we are proud to bring this new academic option to the Wichita community, the region and all other communities we will be serving.”

Bishop Carl A. Kemme added, “Newman University is a great blessing to the Catholic Community of Wichita and beyond.  As the bishop, I enthusiastically support the development of its new School of Catholic Studies, which will help educate students in the richness of our Catholic tradition and to form future priests for the Diocese of Wichita during their college years.  We are grateful for this unique and important partnership.”  

Father Gile believes the new school will be attractive to Catholic students and their families.

“I think there are a lot of parents who would be delighted to have their sons and daughters come to Newman and study alongside the seminarians — to be in class with them, to learn with them,” Father Gile explained. “And with the grounding in Catholic studies and liberal arts here, I think we can immerse students in the richness of the Catholic tradition.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Dominic grad honored for faith, service, academic achievement

 

Dr. Jeffrey Larkin has been named as the 2019 “Distinguished Graduate” of St. Dominic School in Garden City.

The following is from a presentation by Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Trina Delgado, at the opening Mass for Catholic Schools Week.

“When asked for his definition of ‘Hero’ our distinguished graduate replied:”

 

Hero can mean very different things for everyone, but I’ve always thought of a hero as someone who is generous, humble and able to accomplish something extraordinary in relation to what they are given or born with. Mother Theresa is a great example.

“But on a personal note, while I was stationed in South Korea I was missing the camaraderie and fellowship of an active Catholic parish until I made an effort to get involved in the Church on base. As it turned out, the chaplain for the Medical Group was a Catholic priest who was from Vietnam (which made me think of Garden City) and spoke six or seven languages, including Korean.

“Right away I could tell Father Nguyen was fun and engaging for people of all ages on and off base, and he was also very involved with local Korean Catholic parishes. He inspired me to stay very involved and I even got my second and third degrees in Knights of Columbus while there.

“As I got to know him further, I found out that, while being paid well as a military officer, he more than kept his vow of poverty by sending a large majority of his salary home to his family in Vietnam. The amount of people he touched, lives he influenced, and his ongoing accomplishments while remaining very humble absolutely make him a hero in my eyes.”

 

Delgado told those gathered, “Our graduate of honor attended St. Dominic School from 1990-1995. These were the years prior to St. Dominic having a kindergarten or a 6th grade.  He graduated from GCHS in 2002, and from the University of Kansas in 2006 with a degree in Microbiology. 

“[Dr. Larkin] accepted a Health Professions Scholarship for dental school and in March of that year he was sworn in at Whiteman AFB, in Missouri. He was pinned as Captain in May 2010 at the dental school graduation ceremony with nine other classmates (out of 100 in the class), all going into the Army, Navy or Air Force.

“[Dr. Larkin] started active duty in the U.S. Air Force in July 2010, spending one year at Offutt AFB, Nebraska for his General Dentistry Residency.  He was then placed for one year at Osan Air Base, South Korea, completing his Squadron Officer School there.  This is the captain’s rank level professional military education.

“Our honoree completed two years of training as an irregular warfare medic at Hurlburt Field, (Fort Walton Beach) Florida, and then transferred from active duty to Kansas Air National Guard, August, 2014, and presently holds the position of dentist for the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field, Topeka. He was pinned with the rank of Major in July 2016.

“When asked of special memories of St. Dominic School, Dr.Larkin responded:”

 

“It would be impossible to pick a favorite teacher, but Mrs. Geier, Mrs. Pishny, and Mrs. Deal all had a great impact on my educational trajectory and in life.

“There is no doubt that everyone’s foundation for future success begins in elementary school, and St. Dominic is no exception. I have very fond memories of ‘touch’ football and soccer matches at recess, ‘water day’ on the last day of school (especially the egg toss and water balloons in the huge parachute), the old gym/cafeteria for the Christmas pageant, and winning the spelling bee in 3rd grade. And most importantly, the friends I made at St. Dominic were some of my closest friends all through school.”

 

“I asked our recipient what part did his Catholic education play in helping him become the success he is today:”

 

I received my 1st degree as a Knight of Columbus here at St. Dominic, and that has been a big part of my life through my Catholic parishes in Omaha, South Korea, Florida, Kansas City and now Lawrence at Corpus Christi. Finding something to be a part of from a charitable sense is very important at all stages in life. I don’t know who originally said it, but the quote, ‘To those who have been given much, much is expected’ started at an early age for my brothers and I right here at St. Dominic when we would adopt a family off of the ‘giving tree’ leading up to Christmas every year and buy those presents with our own money from doing chores.

“Catholic schools do a fantastic job of instilling altruism (or selflessness) and a charitable mindset from an early age, and the importance of this cannot be over-stated.”

 

“Today,” Delgado said, “Dr. Larkin is married to—and I quote—an ‘incredible mother and physician assistant at St. Luke’s in Kansas City’; the father of a two-year-old daughter named Kate (and he states, ‘Well-deserved for my mom after raising four boys!’), and has baby number two on the way, due in July!  He has dental offices in Lawrence and Topeka, and is lucky enough to not only have a fantastic dental partner but is able to practice with his Dad as well.

“It’s funny how distinguished graduates come from distinguished families that take that role of parent hero seriously,” Delgado said. “It is our honor today to recognize a very distinguished graduate.  He is no ordinary hero.”

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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