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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Bishop Brungardt installs Mark Brantley,

12 others, as acolytes

Father William B. Palardy, Rector and President of Blessed John XXIII Seminary (far right) welcomed Bishop John Brungardt to the seminary and thanked him for coming to bestow the Ministry of Acolyte on 13 First Theologians, including Diocese of Dodge City seminarian, Mark Brantley, center.

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Seminarian Mark Brantley struggled to find the words to describe the moment he took the chalice for the first time as a new acolyte, Dec. 9.
Brantley was among 13 seminarians at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Massachusetts installed as acolytes by the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt.
“It was the first time that we actually get to serve so close to Christ’s altar,” Brantley said. “As soon as we were instituted, they handed the chalice to me, and I took my place among the extraordinary ministers.
“It was a real moment,” he said softly. “It just has so much meaning, and of course I have this great love for the Eucharist. It was just an awe-inspiring moment.
“[At the time,] you want to stop and think about it,” he added with a chuckle, “but you have to continue serving Communion.”
Bishop Brungardt celebrated the Mass and instituted Brantley and the 12 other seminarians, each from dioceses across the United States: Atlanta, Albany, Boston, Pittsburg, Columbus, Denver....

Once instituted as an acolyte, the seminarian may assist at the celebration of the Eucharist, purify the sacred vessels and, when needed, assist with the distribution of Holy Communion, including taking communion to the sick. The ceremony is an important step celebrated in anticipation of the seminarian’s diaconal and priestly ordinations.
“I think Bishop John had a really good visit with the folks here,” Brantley said, a hint of pride in his voice. “They were really impressed with him, his Mass and homily. A number of the guys came up and were so impressed.”
When he spoke to the Register, Brantley, a former pilot, was, like most students this time of year, in the midst of finals, with thoughts of Christmas break fluttering in the back of his mind. It has been a hectic semester for Brantley, one brimming with challenges and blessings (oftentimes one and the same). The first semester, he was told, is one of the most hectic.
Brantley will spend Christmas with his brother and his family in Colorado Springs, then he returns to our diocese where, among his other activities will be to assist at Mass at St. Andrew’s in Wright on Dec. 29, meet with Bishop Brungardt, Father Wesley Schawe, and the other seminarians, and soon after head back to Massachusetts.
Brantley wanted to express his strong and sincere appreciation for the support of the people of the Diocese of Dodge City.
“It’s incredible,” he said. “I’m here in my room, at my computer, and I’m tired and I look up and see those cards, and there are so many people praying for us -- for me. It’s overwhelming. I’m speechless. I’m in awe. It makes a huge difference knowing people back home are praying for me. I don’t have the words. It truly does make a difference.”



 

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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
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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

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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;
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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?

 

 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
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 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

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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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