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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Who is your neighbor?

Immigrant couple paints

portrait of an American family

Pictured at right: Daniel and Myra Sanchez, with their children (clockwise from upper left) Alejandra, 7, Tanya, 12, Diego, 4, and Omar Isaac, 2.

It was a dark and rainy night in Great Bend when two cars passed fatefully on Main Street; a girl in one, a boy in the other, a quick wave from each to the other becoming the first official signaling of a shared lifetime to come.
“He was in the truck with his coat on and I was out of the truck getting wet,” Myra Sanchez explained of their first meeting, a few minutes later in the parking lot of a bowling ally, her voice raising in excitement at the memory. “I said, ‘You know what? It’s raining! Look at me!’ And he said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry,’ and he gave me his coat.”
“I was like --,” Daniel Sanchez said, miming his inability to speak when he first laid eyes on Myra.    
Eleven days later the two were married.
“When we got married we didn’t even know each other’s last names,” said Myra from the living room of their Great Bend home, her arm around the couple’s daughter, Alejandra, 7. “It was love at first sight.”

Although Myra, like most young brides, insisted on a big church wedding with a billowy white dress and friends and family in abundance, that would have to wait. Myra’s mother disapproved of the young Daniel, and he knew he had better act fast or lose the girl of his dreams. They were married in a civil celebration, and eventually -- and with the full approval of his in-laws -- in the Church.
Thirteen years later – their anniversary is Dec. 8 – the couple has what might be described as a typical 1950s-era America marriage. Daniel and Myra have two girls and two boys (and a family of gerbils, Alejandra is quick to add); Myra is a full time mom and Daniel is a welder. Their oldest daughter, Tanya, 12, is a server at church, while Myra is a lector.
Together, the couple worries about their children and carefully monitor what they watch on TV.
“I watch everything that he sees on TV,” Myra said of her son, Diego, 4. “He never watches Superman or Batman. I don’t like him to see those shows with their violence.”
They worry about bills, especially as Daniel’s hours are decreased, but are ever thankful for their blessings.
“We have food. We have a house. We have a car. We’re healthy. We’re together,” Myra said. “The thing that makes us a stronger family is that every time we have problems, we just come closer together.”
To spend time with this couple is to see a family that carries the weight of their burdens with dignified resolution. They are quick to laugh and often peer at each other with smiling approval.
The two girls attend Holy Family School. Diego attends the Head Start program. The youngest boy, Omar Isaac, is 2. Tanya recently switched from public school to Holy Family.
When asked what she thought of her new teachers, Tanya quickly replied with a  broad smile, “They’re really nice.”
“It’s pretty great,” Daniel said of Holy Family School. “Everybody respects each other. They help each other.”
“It’s a family,” Myra added. “And we love Father Reggie [Urban].”
Although they’ve been in the United States since their teens, Daniel and Myra hold closely to some of the Mexican traditions they remember from childhood, and said they are sad to see some of those traditions fading away.  
“Every year that passes we lose a lot of traditions,” Myra said. “Right now the kids don’t even know how to speak Spanish – at least not like us.”
“They’re kind of losing that,” Daniel said in agreement. “I’m concerned about our kids. The traditions are going away.”
Myra’s 84 year old father lives with the family -- a tradition of caring for their elderly family members that is echoed throughout much of the world.
“It’s our turn to care for them,” Daniel said, matter-of-factly.
Another poignant tradition of Mexico is that which dictates that relationships with loved ones don’t end at death. It’s an absolute recognition of the continuation of life.
“On Nov. 1 and 2 [All Saints Day and All Souls Day], people have a big party in Mexico,” Myra explained. “The cemetery is all covered, pretty with flowers; they sell food outside. There are a lot of people around. We’re losing all that. We remember this from when we were little, but our children don’t know anything about it.”
The love for their native tongue, their grasping of Mexican traditions -- none of those in any way distract from their respect and appreciation for their home in the United States.
“Some people don’t like us and it’s hard,” Myra said. “We have to deal with looks and comments. I’m proud to be Hispanic.”
At the same time, she said, “We come from a different country, and we have to respect the rules here. We have to respect the people. We are immigrants.”
Immigrants as the couple may be, the six of them can’t help but paint a picture of an all-American family – deeply faithful, unwavering devotion to each other, and despite the hardships, ever thankful for their blessings.     

 

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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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