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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The Four Pillars of Stewardship: Prayer

Catechists urged to focus on prayer

By CHARLENE SCOTT MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Editor’s Note: The following is Part I of a two-part series. Part I focuses on “Prayer”, one of the four pillars of stewardship. Part II will address the “Service” pillar, including how catechists can use strong proclamation to encourage children to pray. Stein noted that she utilized several sources in her talk that readers may wish to access. They will be included online, and in the next issue of the SKR.

The Coordinator of Catechist Formation in the Diocese of Dodge City, Coleen Stein, urges catechists to pray because “Prayer is the way we connect and stay connected to God.”
Stein joined Bishop Emeritus Ronald M. Gilmore as a speaker on the Interactive Television Network Sept. 4 and 7.  
“We begin by looking at what is prayer, why is prayer important, how do we pray, and how can we help others, especially our students, pray,” she said.  
“We think of prayer as something we do in order to get something else.  We pray for things:  rain, peace, health, success.  And when we get what we ask for, we believe our prayer is responsible for it.  If we don’t get it, we wonder whether we prayed wrong, or whether God knew better, or whether someone else deserved to win more than we did.” Young Catholics were taught to work at prayer, Stein said.
“Our failure to work hard at praying was what made prayer a failure.”
Young Catholics were taught that God strongly disliked those who fought with siblings, missed prayer times, told lies, or allowed impure thoughts to linger.  
“We were taught about a God who would get us if we didn’t watch out.  This imagined God is concerned about sex more than anything else, and enforcing rules about sexuality.  This is a God who is male, lives in heaven, and is addressed through one-way prayer.
“But the God just described is not the God of Jesus!” she emphasized.
“The God of Jesus is near, always at our side, the source of love and truth.  God is sure, steady, relentless in loving us.  There is no revenge in the God of Jesus, no retaliation, no desire for repayment.
“We are in communion with God, intimate, deep communion.  And this communion, this intense moment of God’s presence, this experience of God is prayer.  Prayer is all about our relationship with a God who loves us.  We enter into this relationship at the urging of God.  God wants an ongoing, vibrant, loving relationship with all of us.”
Just to be is a blessing; to live is holy, Stein noted.
“Our lives are holy.  God loves us just as we are.  God calls all of us into relationship and offers us the possibility of intimacy.  As in human relationships, intimacy grows over time.  It does not usually happen immediately, and we progress in our relationship with God as we do with another person.
“After we are introduced to God, the next step is to become more acquainted with God.  This is when we learn more who God is and how we feel in God’s presence.  As trust grows we may long to explore the possibility of friendship.  When we agree to a friendship with God, God becomes a part of our everyday lives.  We spend more time being aware of God’s presence in our lives.
“God wants us to bring all of who we are into this relationship.  God wants our doubts, fears, and anger, as well as our laughter, love and joy, our greed, envy, and laziness, as well as our generosity, energy, and hope.  When we bring all of who we are into our relationship with God, we open ourselves to be loved unconditionally.”
Think of your oldest and dearest friend, Stein said.
“How did you become such great friends?  The relationship might have happened because you had something or someone in common, because you were sharing a joyous occasion, or maybe you were support for each other during a difficult time.  Regardless of how you met, both parties felt the need to keep it going and so both invested time.  Both invested themselves and shared deeply where they have been and where they are going.  Because you were honest and open with your friend, your friend loved you and still loves you, unconditionally.  And so it is with our relationship with God.”
Our longing to be with God is a reflection of God’s longing to be with us, Stein said.  
“God is madly in love with us.  There is no reason for it.  God just loves us.  That’s why there is a world.  That’s why each of us is here.
“In my own life, I have struggled with knowing how to pray or at least I thought I was struggling.  I was baptized Catholic as an infant, and as a child I was taught the formalized prayers such as The Our Father, The Hail Mary, The Angel of God, The Glory Be…  
“I attended Catholic Grade School until fourth grade when it closed.  It was at this point that I started PSR classes, at that time CCD.  I don’t remember at anytime having anyone teach me about prayer other than formalized prayers.  While it was beautiful that I knew these prayers and said them, I am not sure they were truly mine from the heart.
“As an adult, I have discovered much through the desire to know more about prayer.  One important thing I learned is that if you want to pray, you are already praying.  The desire to pray is the evidence that God is already at work, at prayer, in you.  Most of us pray far more than we think we do.  Anytime we reflect on our families, our children, our students, our job, something we are grateful for, that is beautiful prayer.”
Anything we do that honors, strengthens, or deepens our relationship to God can become a form of prayer, Stein said.  One woman recovering from knee surgery said that swimming was her deepest form of prayer.  
“I imagine I am breathing in God’s love and breathing out my worries,” the woman said.  “And then, because my injured body is so cumbersome on land, I am grateful for how the water holds me up and gives me rest even as I swim.  This reminds me how God’s love does that for me every moment of every day.”  
When a person broadens their concept of prayer, it is easier to be attentive to God during much of the day’s activities, Stein asserted.  
“Making all we do a form of prayer is what the apostle Paul meant when he told his disciples to pray without ceasing.
“Our hearts are like putty – if you knead the putty it stays soft; if you don’t it becomes hard and impossible to move.  Prayer keeps our hearts soft, our minds aware and our vision open to the presence of others and of God.”

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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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