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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Diocese mourns

Sister Rosemary Henrichs

Former Superintendent of Schools

dies in tragic accident

By TIM WENZL
Southwest Kansas Register

Editor's Note: In the file photo at right, Sister Rosemary Henrichs, A.S.C., sings for children at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City. Sister Rosemary died in a car accident in Illinois Sept. 29.

The Diocese of Dodge City has lost an old friend: Sister Rosemary Henrichs, A.S.C., who for six years served as Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Dodge City, died Sept. 29 in a vehicular accident in Illinois.  
“I knew Sister Rosemary Henrichs only a few years, but two things stood out clearly,” said Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore. “She was the consummate Road Warrior, always conscientious, always driving to this school and to that school, always moving on.  And where should our latter-day pilgrim meet her death?  On the road, of course.  Of course. “There was a second thing that all of us will miss.  She was a happy Road Warrior.  The even temper, the long view of things, the easy connecting with all those around her:  we will miss that.  She was self-possessed, satisfied with her work and with her life, and thus deeply happy.  And that was contagious, of course.  Of course.
“Requiescat in pace.”
Sister Rosemary was driving northbound on Illinois 159 when she drove off the road and into a guardrail to avoid a vehicle that had stopped in front of her and was waiting to turn. Her vehicle then went back onto the roadway and was struck by a third vehicle. She died at the scene.
The Most Rev. Stanley G. Schlarman, bishop emeritus of Dodge City, celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial at the Ruma Center Chapel Oct. 4.
Sister Rosemary, 78, celebrated her 60th jubilee as a member of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ on June 6, 2010. During most of her 60 years Sister Rosemary ministered in elementary education, first as a teacher in Olney and Flora, Ill., and in Bissell Hills, Mo. She spent 29 years as principal for Catholic Schools in Centerville, Ill.; Fort Dodge, Iowa, (Holy Rosary School); Zell, Mo., and Waterloo, Ill. She served as Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Dodge City from 1995 to 2001.
In addressing her first pastors and principals meeting at Dodge City in 1995, she shared these comments: “The reason I kept being principal is because I believe the principal can do so much to set the tone of the school. The tone I always wanted was to have the school permeate with the Spirit of God.”
She said that Catholic Schools need to be the best possible academically and that the Spirit of God should permeate the entire day.
“In order for that to happen,” said Sister Rosemary, “our children’s liturgies and our religious rituals must be alive and meaningful and welcome participation. The schools should be an environment where there is a spirit of peace and nonviolence in all that we do. We must have a sensitivity to what God Calls us to be as educators. Religion classes are our right and privilege and they must be taught by competent and creative teachers. We need to have parents who support us and share the value system of the school. And we must be alive (as opposed to stale), and open to change.
“Responding to God’s call, I feel is the basis for all we do. For principals and pastors, I feel God calls you to help create an atmosphere in which each teacher is able to blossom. And teachers, in turn, are called to create atmospheres for their students to blossom.”
Being multi-talented and full of enthusiasm, Sister Rosemary was involved in playing the organ, piano and guitar for liturgical services. She also gave lectures to YMCA, BCCW, and RCIA groups. Annually, Sister was part of a Precious Blood Team that gives a week-long mission in parishes. She gave reflections on the Scriptures at the Ruma Motherhouse and was always available to directors of parish schools of religion to give special religious experiences to children.
Kathryn Werner, who served as Sister Rosemary’s secretary in the Diocese of Dodge City, said, “Sister Rosemary was absolutely the most joyful, optimistic person I have ever known.  She was a peacemaker and encouraged and helped everyone.  We have lost a truly inspiring example of living the Gospel.”
Sister Rosemary’s motto was: “Do as much as you can, as long as you can.”

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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
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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