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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Instruments of God’s peace

St. Isidore/KSU youth spend spring break at Ronald McDonald House

By SHELBY DANIELSEN
Special to the Register
Editor’s Note: Shelby is a junior at Kansas State University.
Between going down slides, creating hamburgers out of play-dough, piecing together crafts and playing the Toy Story memory game, I ultimately gained a newfound respect for my mother.
“As much fun as that was, children are exhausting; I don’t know how she did it with four!” I thought to myself.
While volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house in Omaha, Nebraska as a part of St. Isidore’s spring break mission trip, I found myself growing humble among the children that surrounded me. One moment they are running around outside and climbing up jungle gyms, and the next, they are beside me at dinner, replacing their toys with feeding tubes and oxygen tanks, yet their enthusiasm for life remained.
As I scanned the room, I noticed that every family with a hospitalized child was bearing a smile. I could feel God’s presence in the room. They were all filled with faith, hope and love in a more extraordinary way than I had ever experienced. My pitiful concerns about homework crumbled. This was a house of unity, overwhelming with support and encouragement.

A Saudi Arabian father traveling back and forth between countries in order to give his daughter the proper care, with a wife and three kids still back home.
A teenage girl arriving for her first night in order to treat a brain infection, with her senior prom looming in the next weekend.
A three-year-old girl sitting next to me, eating the same food I was eating, enjoying the same dessert, but lacking something. That something being her small intestine, which means she does not receive any of the nutrients or proteins that we do from food.
“I suddenly felt like I complain too much,” said Matt David, a junior in mechanical engineering and St. Isidore’s volunteer. “I felt inspired to disregard any difficulties I may have in my life for the sake of living to the fullest.”
A few days later, a girl in our volunteer group realized she had left her bracelet at the Ronald McDonald house. As we went back for the bracelet, one of the little girls came forward, drawing the bracelet from her pocket. She had been carrying it with her all along, not even knowing if we would return, just in the hopes of personally returning it and giving one last hug. Her happiness was contagious.
Throughout the week, our group, led by St. Isidore’s Campus Minister Maria O’Halloran, spent time scrubbing bathrooms, painting benches and cleaning out closets at the Hope Center for Kids.
We then worked in the food pantry at Sacred Heart Ministry Center. We painted, organized shelves, cooked meals, walked individuals back with their groceries to their cars or homes, handed out sack lunches, cleaned out the garage and sorted clothing items.
As our group split into two separate groups, we were each able to spend an evening working with Catholic Charities. With a mountain of folders to sort through and organize, we were able to accomplish our task while having the pleasure of getting to know the employees of Catholic Charities.
We were also given the opportunity to tour Boys Town, visit a nursing home, volunteer at a homeless shelter, and attend several Catholic churches throughout the Omaha area.
“One of the major realizations we had during this trip,” Campus Minister Maria O’Halloran said, “is that there are many kinds of poverty, and poverty is all around us – even in our own neighborhoods. One doesn’t have to travel far to find a need, and our trip to Omaha, which is just a few hours away, really illustrated this point for our group. After returning home, we hope that many of the students involved will choose to volunteer in their own communities.”
When our group gathered together for a final prayer service as our mission trip concluded, we felt the bittersweet mood fill the air. The service opportunity, the fellowship we found in each other, the faith that was deepened and the lives that were touched left us in awe of God’s miraculous work.
“I can’t say enough about how impressed I was by our students’ generous, willing, and positive attitudes throughout the entire trip,” says O’Halloran. “They are not only a joy to be with, but also an inspiration as they continue to shine the light of Christ so brightly into the lives of many through their service. This trip had a lasting impact on me, and I hope the same is true for all participants.”
In the end, we were the ones giving thanks – with every individual feeling that “lasting impact”. The poverty we had witnessed did not define the people of Omaha, Nebraska. For, we had encountered the kindest and most selfless people along our journey, who were rich in their faith and left us inspired to serve as they serve. With the utmost gratitude, we thank them for dedicating their lives to service. They are truly angels here on Earth, and we were lucky enough to serve beside them, being used by God as instruments of peace.
As Father Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, once said, “The work will continue, you see, whether I am there or not, because it is God’s work, not mine.”


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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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