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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Secret to a happy marriage? ‘Be patient, forgive, pray!’

By DARLENE DEMEL

   Editor’s Note: The following article originally appeared in the Spirit of St. Joseph newsletter. It is reprinted with permission.

CLAFLIN — What   does   it   take   to   have   a   long, successful marriage?

   “Be patient. Forgive. Pray!”

These are the perfect words spoken from  Mary  Rose  Oberle  when she  was asked  what  advice  she  could give  young couples today.

This sentiment comes from 64 years  with  the  same man by  her  side. We  wanted  to  know  how  and when  it  all started.

In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president; “Gentlemen  Prefer  Blondes” and “Shane” were playing at the box office, while “That’s  Amore” and “Crying  in  the  Chapel” were on the radio.

The first TV Guide was published, and Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man  to  crest  Mount  Everest.

However, back  in  our  small  part  of  the  world,  Victor Oberle and Mary Rose Wondra  were  starting  their life together at Holy Family Catholic Church in Odin.

Victor was born the seventh child of   Anton  and   Lena   (Feist) Oberle,  and attended  Holy Name  School  near  Bushton before  serving in  the  Army from  1950  to  1952.

Mary Rose came  along the  third of 10 children born to Alfred and Regina (Kirmer) Wondra; she graduated from Odin High School in 1952.

Fund-raising  dances  at  the  Holy  Family  parish  hall  were  a common  occurrence  in  the  1950s.  On  one  fateful evening, Victor — with his “Bushton Boys” (including Urban and Paul Oberle plus Willis Bieberle) — drove over to check things out ... and the rest is history.

April 14, 1953: It was a chilly, cloudy Tuesday morning when Father  Cornelius  Leunissen  united  the  pair,  with Paul Oberle  and Leo  Wondra  standing  for  Victor,  while  Ann  and Rita  Wondra, in  long  dresses (one  in  light  green  and  one  in lavender), stood  beside  Mary  Rose, holding her  red  rose bouquet.

The   couple   honeymooned   in   Denver   before returning to their little house in Ellinwood where Victor worked in the oilfield.  They only lived in Ellinwood for about two years before moving to Claflin to raise their family in the same house that they still live in today at the corner of Albro and 3rd Street.

Victor  worked  for 20 years  at Tinkel  Sand  before  starting Oberle Sand & Gravel in 1977, while Mary Rose worked at the local  grocery  store and then at the Claflin Post Office.

Although both have long been retired, Mary Rose still volunteers for the ICC (Immaculate Conception Church) Altar   Society,   the   Claflin Community Senior Birthday Coffee,   and   The   Red   Cross Bloodmobile  when  it  comes  to town. She  also  enjoys  spending her free time doing  embroidery and word puzzles, while  Victor likes a quiet game of solitaire or a round of checkers.

For so many   years, you would   see Victor riding his bike around town getting exercise and enjoying the weather. I seem  to  remember times  when I  thought  he  was crazy because it wasn’t  that warm outside!

The couple has  been blessed with four children: Richard, Patty, Ray, and Christine.

The  family tree has since grown to include 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Patty and Dave  Schmidt’s family includes Tami (Christopher) Tully, Eric (Denise) Schmidt, and Travis  (Shelli)  Schmidt. Great-grandchildren include Madison, Gavin, Justin and Ethan Tully; Maryn and Rhett   Schmidt; and Madison Henning, McKenna and Marissa Schmidt.

Ray and Sandi Oberle’s branch of the family tree includes Emily (Hunter) Peterson,   Nicole (Tyler) Ball, Rebecca Oberle,  Kaylyn  Oberle,  and  Jake  Oberle.  Great-grand-children include Kaycee, Elliott, and Tate Peterson; and Samuel Ball. Christine and  Quentin  Robl  reside  in  Salina and have three children: Megan  Robl,  Jared  (Ashley)  Robl,  and Tanner Robl.

Unfortunately,   their oldest   child,   Richard,   passed   away July 21, 1974 at the age of 20 when he was in the service.

Mary  Rose offered  words  of  guidance, suggesting that one should make  the best  of  every  day.

When  I  pressed  Victor  for  his  words  of advice for young couples, he replied with an ornery grin, “Fight. Ask me how many fights we’ve had!  One – and it’s still going on!”

After the laughter quieted down, Mary Rose told me I not dare put that in the article ... but I knew I had to include it, because it proved to me that maybe one of the best pieces of advice they  have  shown (by  example!) was to keep humor in your life.

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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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