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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Local musicians attend Pastoral Musicians

Conference in Chicago

By Christina Haselhorst
Special to the Register

“SING TO THE LORD!” “Canten al Senor!” “Mwimbieni BWANA!” “Chantez au Seigneur!” “Cantate Domino!”
All of these different languages…making the same proclamation!  
Along with more than 3,000 attendees, representatives from the Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Dodge City traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attend the 2009 32nd Annual National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Conference, July 6-11.
Participants attended many breakout sessions geared towards musical directors, organists, pianists, cantors, religious and other parish musicians, all of whom truly embraced this year’s theme of “Sing to the Lord!”


More than 132 speakers and countless performers were present, providing a plethora of information regarding liturgical music planning, cantor training, social issues and provided information on the upcoming third typical edition of the Roman Missal (a new Mass translation to be coming roughly in November, 2010 that is to more accurately represent the original Latin texts).  
Sister Celeste Albers was especially thankful for that information stating: “I appreciated the sessions that I went to explaining the future of our service music as the ordinary of the Mass changes. The priest who gave us the background and history of the changes was very helpful for me and something that I plan to share with our musicians as well as our whole parish through bulletin articles.”
All participants agreed how inspiring it was to be around over 3,000 talented, spiritual, and friendly musicians. To say those from the Diocese of Dodge City were inspired is an understatement. We came home with an excitement and an overwhelming desire to share what we learned with others; to share just how beautiful and spiritual our participation as musicians in the Mass can be. We were exposed to a giant repertoire of music that we are anxious to share and incorporate in our individual parishes.
Robert Neidhart said that he “was overwhelmed …3,000 pastoral musicians in one place praising and singing … just an extraordinary experience!”
There were a large number of youth from across the nation in attendance at the conference. “Seeing so many young people involved in the music of the convention was also a great inspiration to me, and is very affirming of what we are doing here in Prince of Peace Parish with our youth. Connie Schneweis spends many hours working with our high school students to be cantors for our Masses,” said Sister Celeste.
Dee Burke reflected on the Plenum Address of Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas and advisor to NPM for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “He was a very dynamic speaker.  He reflected on the ways in which pastoral ministry fosters the ‘common, sung expression of faith within liturgical celebrations that strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired voice of the Church at prayer.’” Cardinal DiNardo encouraged the clergy to sing the music of the Liturgy, feeling that the assembly will then realize how important the liturgical dialogue really is.
While this conference offered us the opportunities to meet new people, eat some terrific food, witness some amazing concerts, and attend a very musical Mass (“that gave me a severe case of goose bumps!” – Terry Armstrong), this conference was a musical, spiritual journey. Terry stated, “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of our composers and the fact that they are musicians just like us.” Dan Hubbell agreed saying, “What a wonderful experience. I feel a renewed sense of excitement about doing pastoral music in our parish. The experience of singing with today’s composers and 3000 other musicians really opened my mind to be more creative and become a better musician. The week was also full of interesting seminars that allowed us to share ideas with other people from across the United States and around the world. I would encourage any parish musician to attend an NPM conference.” If you are interested in attending the 33rd Annual Convention, keep an eye on www.npm.org for more information. It will be held in Detroit, Michigan, July 12-16, 2010 with the theme of Hope and Harmony! And in two years (2011), the convention will be in Louisville, Kentucky. The participants all agreed that another trip is in order!
Paul F. Ford, professor of Theology and Liturgy at St. John Seminary, Camarillo, California, stated during a breakout session that “music takes the words of the liturgy down into your heart. The Liturgy of the Word is the oven for the Eucharistic bread and the Holy Spirit is the cask for the Eucharistic wine. The Word of the Lord forms the Eucharist and Liturgists must proclaim this Word to help transform the Eucharist in our hearts.” In other words, song helps to get the Word to the heart so the heart can sing! Sing to the Lord!
“We are called to something beautiful for others.” – Mother Teresa.
“The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing. “Cantare amantis est”, says St. Augustine, singing is a lover’s thing. In so saying, we come again to the trinitarian interpretation of Church music. The Holy Spirit is love, and it is he who produces the singing. He is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ and so leads to the Father. [The Spirit of the Liturgy, (SF, CA: Ignatius, 2000), p. 142]” – Pope Benedict XVI

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May 20, 2018
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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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Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

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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

 

 

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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?

 

 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
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 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

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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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