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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St. Joseph Parish, Scott City, celebrates 100-year anniversary

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

One hundred years ago March 11, Bishop John J. Hennessy stood inside a newly constructed wood-frame church at Washington Street and Starr Avenue in Scott City, a sapling of a community standing young but strong on the Kansas plains.
Inside the church, a fire burned in an iron stove, keeping the congregation of six families – 23 members strong – warm against the winter chill, as the bishop of what was then part of the Diocese of Wichita dedicated the new Catholic church.
Outside stood at least a few patient horses tied to buggies, as well as a couple of autos – maybe even one or two with the brand new “automatic starter”, invented after the “crank” caused one too many injuries. A century later, on June 19, 2011, Bishop John B. Brungardt stood smiling inside St. Joseph Church -- now a much larger brick structure constructed in 1945 -- as cool air brought welcome relief against the late spring heat to many of the 260 families who now call St. Joseph their parish. In a room beside the main worship area, the Mass was telecast on a video screen for overflow crowds. Outside were dozens of cars, some with GPS mapping systems that voice, “Turn right at the next street” should the travelers become lost.  
At Bishop Brungardt’s side was Father Warren Stecklein, pastor, and native sons, Deacon Dwayne Lampe and the Most Rev. Norbert Hermes, who, until his retirement in 2009, served as Bishop of Cristalândia, Tocantins, Brazil, where he resides today.
In his opening comments, Bishop Brungardt welcomed those gathered to what was a three-fold celebration: the blessing of a new altar, the 100th anniversary of the church, and the solemnity of the Holy Trinity.
From behind the altar --  constructed by Ron Horinek (who built several other pieces in the sanctuary) with funds donated by the Powers family in memory of farmer and carpenter, Clarence Powers -- Bishop Brungardt said that the Holy Trinity is a “demonstration of God’s love.
“In a way, it’s a showing of love for this altar, made of wood and sacred stones. But it’s a deeper love than that. It’s a love for this church. It’s a love for St. Joseph Catholic Parish.
“This church is more than just bricks and mortar and wood and plaster,” the bishop said, “It’s a foundation of this love for the people of God – for each one of you and your parents and grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents, who founded this parish, who demonstrated God’s love through the sacramental life, the life of prayer of formation, through lives of service. This is what we’re celebrating: this love that the Lord is showing us. And we’re showing love back to him through each other as a community of faith.”
With this centennial celebration, he said, the parish looks “forward to the next hundred years as we pass our faith on to our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren, thinking about how that happened years ago with our great-grandparents -- a beautiful gift, generation after generation, century after century, millennium after millennium: the Catholic faith.”
After his homily, the bishop invited children from the congregation to the front as he blessed and consecrated the new altar with holy Chrism.
Following Mass, the congregation gathered in the ornately decorated social hall where life-long parish member, Mike Palen, thanked all those involved with the centennial celebration.
“The last 100 years have been pretty amazing for this little parish,” he said. “We’ve seen nine popes, 10 bishops, and 31 priests. I can only remember a handful of the priests. I remember Father Kelly, a little Irish priest with a great accent; Father [Jacob] Dreher, who taught me how to fish and say the rosary at the same time….
“And we’ve got a guy here, right now, who’s just really special. Father Warren’s been a blessing to this parish from the day he got here.”
The 240 or so gathered in the social hall stood to their feet and offered their priest – reassigned as of July 6 to Larned and Belpre -- a standing ovation. Father Bernard Felix has been assigned to St. Joseph.
On the back of the program read a fond farewell to the departing priest: “The members of the parish would like to acknowledge Father Warren Stecklein’s dedication and leadership for all that he has given us … a vibrant parish, a beautiful new building, and most importantly, his wisdom, guidance and faith. We thank him for bringing light to our community.”
At the rear of the social hall, long tables housed a wide assortment of items up for silent auction, including several baseballs signed by the Royals, sculptures, and a digital camera. Many door prizes were awarded as children took part in a special outdoor fun program.
As a supper of roast beef was served by the Alpha Omega Sorority, a slide presentation created by Donna Long highlighted some of the significant moments in the history of the church. People stood in line to buy a hardbound parish history book created by diocesan archivist Tim Wenzl with the help of parish members, as artist Codye Reystead painted and completed a large painting of Christ which then was auctioned off.
“It’s been a wonderful parish,” Father Stecklein told the Register, “and Father Bernard is lucky to be coming here.”

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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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