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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Sacred Mass of Chrism

‘Memory and image perfected’

Editor's Note: See Bishop Gilmore's homily in its entirety at bottom.

On April 2, representatives from each parish in the diocese gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Mass of Chrism. Afterward, they took to their home parishes small containers of blessed oil to be used throughout the liturgical year.

The holy oils are closely tied with sacred rituals of the Church. The Oil of the Sick is used to anoint those who are ill; the Oil of Catechumens is for the anointing of those preparing for baptism; and the Sacred Chrism is used for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, ordination, and the dedication of a church and altar.

“In the first preface for Lent we read: ‘As we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ, you bring the image of your Son to perfection within us,’” Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore said in his homily. “To remember is to be transformed. Memory and image perfected.
“...What great events?” the bishop asked. “The event of Healing. Not only were the ordained to do this in memory of Him, they were also to heal as he healed. We continue that today as we bless these oils. When we bless the oil of the sick, when we bless the oil of the catechumens, when we bless the sacred Chrism, ‘the image of Christ is brought to perfection within us.’ Memory and image perfected.”
The Chrism Mass is also an occasion to celebrate the ministry of priests, many of whom came from across the diocese to attend the event.
“Jesus sent the Apostles then to ‘do this in memory of me,’” Bishop Gilmore said. “He continues to send bishops to ‘do this in memory of me.’ Bishops continue to send priests to ‘do this in memory of me.’ In the pilgrim journey of our ordained priests, ‘the image of Christ is brought to perfection within us.’ Memory and image perfected.”
Bishop Gilmore invited the many priests gathered to renew the commitment they professed at their ordination. He asked all those gathered to support the priests through prayer.
The Mass also celebrated the jubilees of Bishop Gilmore, Father Gilbert Herrman, Father Lisle Pottorff, and Father Angel Dy, and it honored Ann Depperschmidt, superintendent of schools as she prepares to leave the diocese, and Virgil Gunter, for his years of service on the Catholic Social Service board. (See the article at right.)
Following Mass, a lunch was served in the Fellowship Hall.     

The homily of Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore on the occasion of the Holy Chrism Mass, 2009:

“In the first preface for Lent we read: ‘As we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ, you bring the image of your Son to perfection within us.’ To remember is to be transformed. Memory and image perfected.
“What great events? The event of the Last Supper, of the making of the Eucharist. Jesus sent the Apostles then to ‘do this in memory of me.’ He continues to send bishops to ‘do this in memory of me.’ Bishops continue to send priests to ‘do this in memory of me.’ In the pilgrim journey of our ordained priests, ‘the image of Christ is brought to perfection within us.’ Memory and image perfected.
“What great events? The event of Healing. Not only were the ordained to do this in memory of Him, they were also to heal as he healed. We continue that today as we bless these oils. When we bless the oil of the sick, when we bless the oil of the catechumens, when we bless the sacred Chrism, ‘the image of Christ is brought to perfection within us.’ Memory and image perfected.
“What great events? The event of every woman in the diocese, the event of every man in the diocese, the event of the laity. We are accustomed to think the Laity an invention of the Second Vatican Council, but you are as old as the first letters of St. Paul. There lay women and lay men collaborated with the great Apostle to the Gentiles, there they partnered with him. We continue that today when we ask you to sanctify the temporal order: your families, your work, your communities, your politics. We ask you to carry this sanctification from the Church into the world, you are making a society that is both more human and more Divine, and you are bringing ‘the image of Christ to perfection within us.’ Memory and image perfected.
“I shall pray, in the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, that the Lord will ‘Easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-crested east.’ May the Holy Week to come allow that ‘Eastering’ to take place in each of our hearts.”

 

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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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