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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Sacred Mass of Chrism celebrated

By David Myers and Tim Wenzl
Southwest Kansas Register

The Mass of Chrism, held March 25 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was a celebration of the ministry of the priesthood and the unity of the diocese.
Representatives from each parish joined in the celebration and returned to their communities with containers of blessed oils to be used throughout the liturgical year.
The holy oils are closely tied with sacred rituals of the Church. The Oil of the Sick is used to anoint those who are ill; the Oil of Catechumens is for the anointing of those preparing for baptism; and the Sacred Chrism is used for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, ordination, and the dedication of a church and altar.

As bells from “The Inspirations,” a bell choir from Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend, rang out, people from across the diocese filled the cathedral.
“A Chrism Mass is almost a language unto itself, almost an unspoken creed unto itself,” Bishop Gilmore told those gathered. “Our way of praying is our way of believing.”
Bishop Gilmore said that the Chrism Mass is “a feast, the feast perhaps, of our sacramental family. Bishop, priests, deacons, sisters, people, we come together on our sacramental way, in our spiritual life so tied to material, bodily things, so bent on seeking the only communion that finally satisfies. Sights, and sounds, and gestures, and symbols abound here today.
“See now, and hear, and smell, and touch, and taste now the Goodness of the Lord.” (The bishop’s homily can be found at www.dcdiocese.org/register.)
During the celebration, Father Frank Jordan, a native of Scotland, was honored as a 50-year jubilarian (see Page 3); as were six deacons for their 10 years of service (see Page 3). Also honored was a retiring parish life coordinator and representatives of the St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Larned, for 59 years of Catholic Health Care ministry.
“…Father Frank Jordan, celebrating 50 years, is a blessing from afar for … our family,” the bishop said at the dinner following Mass. “Frank had a very checkered career as a young man, moving on to study for the priesthood. He told me before Mass that one kindly abbot wrote back to Frank Duff (founder of the Legion of Mary), who had sent a letter interceding for Frank to go to the seminary.” Frank Duff, the bishop joked, was kind of like “the fourth person of the Trinity in Ireland.”
“The abbot wrote back to Frank Duff saying this man [Father Jordan] will never be a priest,” Bishop Gilmore said, drawing laughter from the crowd and a broad grin from Father Jordan. “Fifty years later, here he is with us. … Thanks for leaving land and home, Frank. Thanks for coming to the wilds of Kansas. And thanks for being a blessing to all of us here.”
To the deacons, who sat at special tables with their wives, family and friends, the bishop said, “Jesus came to serve, not to be served. These six deacons and all the rest of our deacons are sacramentalizations of that very fact. … We are meant to see them and to be reminded of that fact. We’re meant to see them and to be awakened to the implications of our own baptism. Plunged into the death and resurrection of Christ in the waters of baptism, we are, we must, be plunged into a life of service for our brothers and sisters. These deacons remind us of that obligation. They have served honorably and well in these 10 years.”
Marlene Miller, parish life coordinator at St. Stanislaus, Ingalls since 2006, is retiring after serving full time in parish ministry for 25 years. She also was honored during the meal. Prior to serving as parish life coordinator, Miller was pastoral assistant (1992-2006), and parish secretary/bookkeeper (1985-1992).
“Marlene was a parish life coordinator before that designation existed,” the bishop said, adding that a parish life coordinator is “a person who is a little bit like God. It’s a person who is in every place, as people in Ingalls will testify. It’s a person who is all seeing. Marlene was. It’s a person who is all knowing. Marlene was. It’s a person who is all powerful. Marlene could do anything. If there was a problem, Marlene would fix it….
“We thank you Marlene; we’re going to miss you.”
Also honored were those who ministered in Catholic Health Care at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital from the time the hospital opened in 1951 until the recent battle to keep the hospital open. Those representing the SJMH health care professionals were: Sharon Lind, Sister Irene Hartman, O.P., Sister Mary Ann Klein, O.P., Marilyn Bell, John Grummon, Betty Tauscher, and Mary Klinge.
“And we have at a table a group of representatives from Great Bend and Larned who have been very much involved in all that has been going on in the hospital, and they just recently won through to a wonderful success in partnering with the people in Hays to keep the critical access hospital open in Larned.
“When I think of them today I’m reminded of that absolutely fundamental primordial command of Jesus: ‘Heal the sick.’ …
“What made the episode in Larned such a lovely thing for me is that they stayed together, stayed with it; they refused to give up….
“So we have found again a house of hope, a house of healing. I’m grateful to them for their efforts over these trying months, and we rejoice with you today and wish you all the best as you continue carrying out that mission to heal the sick.”

 

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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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