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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Minnesota en route to NM

By Glenna Borho
Special to the Register

At 4 a.m. Saturday, July 18, a group of 34 high school students and 11 adult sponsors boarded a bus and traveled from St. Charles, Minnesota bound for Mescalera, New Mexico.  
Their true mission was to meet 355 other people in Mescalera to refurbish homes located on the Apache Indian reservation.  This was arranged through Work Camp, the sponsoring organization which has been organizing missions within the United States for more than 30 years.

 
This industrious group hailed from a tri-parish located about 40 miles from Rochester, Minnesota, home of the famous Mayo Clinic.  For one year, the 34 young people had various fundraisers to cover the expenses that would be incurred for their one week mission in Mescalera.
The exact mid-point of their total mileage was Pratt, Kansas.  Randy Dick, who works in the IT Department of Mayo Clinic, was the point of contact.  He called Sacred Heart Church in Pratt to make arrangements for their group to stay at Sacred Heart School’s dining area/music room Saturday, July 18 and on their return trip on July 25.  The group arrived around 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon; they had time to stretch, and then they joined us in celebrating Mass at 6:30 p.m.  That weekend Father Jack Maes was our celebrant.  After Mass, their bus driver drove the group to the Pratt Teen Center where they were hosted to dinner arranged for by Tina Heien, Church Secretary at Sacred Heart.  Along with Tina, the group enjoyed visiting with a number of high school youth and visited with parishioners Rita Hitt, Mike and Rhonda Westerhaus, Michael Nall, Gabriel Nall, Stephanie Becker, Cheyenne Becker, Melissa McGuire, Ian Hampton, Alec Hampton, Grace Fellhoelter and her friend Dominique Staats.
The group left Pratt Sunday morning at 4 a.m. bound for Mescalera.  They worked diligently that week painting, repairing and remodeling homes of the Apache Indians.  Although the Apache were restrained at first in interacting with the volunteer workers, by the end of the week they were embracing one another and exchanging addresses to keep in touch with one another.
When the group returned to Pratt on July 25, they arrived just in time for Mass, which was celebrated by Father Michael Kissane, a Carmelite missionary priest from New York City.  The Stewardship Commission of Sacred Heart hosted the group and the visiting priest at the home of Blake and Chris Himmelwright.  The youth had a great time swimming in Himmelwright’s pool until Mother Nature acquired an attitude problem and let loose with rain, thunder and lightning.  All in all, everyone had a great time.  The other members of the Stewardship Commission are Jerry and Jeanette Siemens, Ed and Sharon Barrett, David and Glenna Borho and Alan and Bekki Pribil.
The bus ride coming home had its challenges.  Their bus broke down in Texas, the replacement bus lost air conditioning in Iowa, but the third bus was the charm. The group arrived home physically tired, but spiritually rewarded for helping those fellow brothers and sisters who so appreciated their gifts of time and talent.
The parishioners of Sacred Heart Church in Pratt feel very blessed to have been chosen by this group to be their host.  This is a true testament of stewardship of time, talent and treasure demonstrated by the St. Charles Borromeo Parish.  Come back again; you are always welcome in Pratt, Kansas!

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