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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Sister Teresita Huse, OP, celebrates 80 years a Sister

‘It’s been a happy life’

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

In a Sept. 4, 2011 issue of the Southwest Kansas Register, Sister Teresita Huse, OP, noted, “God’s great goodness to me as a Dominican for 75 years boggles my mind, and God willing, there will be more.”
God was willing.
On April 9, the Great Bend Sister celebrated 80 years to the day that she received her habit at the tender age of 15 at the former Immaculate Conception Convent in Great Bend.     
Eighty years later, Sister Teresita belies any indication that she is anywhere near the 95 years she professes to be. On the phone with the Register, she spoke quickly and concisely; she needed to get ready for a retreat, and hadn’t expected a sudden interview.
“I was the only girl,” she said. “I had three brothers. I was the second child.
“The big thing in my life was the commitment of my parents to a Catholic upbringing,” she added. “I was born in Kingman; there was no Catholic school. They wanted us to have a Catholic education, so for nine years, early every morning they would put us in the car and drive 20 miles to Willowdale where Grandma lived. We would attend St. Peter’s School where the Dominicans taught.”
Sister Teresita’s aunt was a Dominican Sister, as was a cousin, so the Sisters were well known to the siblings. “At four in the afternoon on Friday, I would come out of school and Dad’s car was there. In six years, only twice was he not able to pick us up because of the weather.”
In 1931, St. Patrick School opened in Kingman -- about the time that Sister Teresita’s family moved to Wichita.
“When my brother was in high school and I was in the seventh grade, our little brother died at 5. He was sick for only three days. He had spinal meningitis. Our uncle came to pick us up and said that Cletus was really sick. We were quarantined for two weeks, so we couldn’t even go to the funeral.
“There was no closure,” she said, a hint of sadness in her voice all these years later.  
Her new school was run by the Sisters of St. Joseph, one of whom Sister Teresita approached one day and announced, “I’m going to be a Dominican Sister! That year, they had a skit and there was a Sister in it. Guess who got to be the Sister?”
On the day of the presentation, the future Sister – not even yet a teenager – dressed in habit, and was even mistaken for a Sister by a Christian Brother.
“I was a St. Joseph Sister for one day,” she said with a smile.
A few years later, the habit she wore would be real, and her title not the name of a character in a play. At 15, she became “Sister Teresita.”
“Seven of us became Dominican Sisters April 9, 1934. Sister Petrona Stockemer (born in St. Leo), my only living Dominican Sister classmate, began teaching in 1939. She was an excellent elementary and Trinity High School teacher, and for many years also  ministered as principal and librarian in a number of schools in Kansas and Nebraska. After teaching 57 years, Sister  retired  to the Motherhouse in Great Bend in 1996 and presently resides  in the Convent Infirmary.
“I’m very, very happy with my many years in the convent,” Sister Teresita said. “I’ve been truly blessed.”
Sister Teresita spent many years as a teacher. In 1956, with the admonition of Pope Pius XII to go out and share Christ’s message with the world, Sister Teresita was among those Dominican Sisters who went to Nigeria with the hopes of forming a new congregation. Over the years she’d take three trips to the African nation for mission work, where they presently have 66 African Sisters serving in the congregation.
“Every time I left there,” she said, “I left a piece of my heart. They need health care, education, social services, parishes, water …. The women have to walk miles to the river to get all the water and sand for the men to mix with the cement for the wells. The men have to make 25 big rings of cement [in which to line the wells]. Each well costs only $1,200. We put a sign next to the well: ‘Donated by …’, where they’re from. It’s a nice memorial.”
Sister Rita Schwartenburger, OP, is the director of Hope for the Village Child, which promotes a plethora of worthy life-affirming causes at their Nigerian missions. The Dominican Sisters have enabled the local Sisters to carry on what they started. In the mean time, the local Dominican Sisters of Great Bend went on to become part of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, which is headquartered in Ohio.
With this, Sister Teresita offers a little reminder. “What is today? April 24. On April 23, 1902 Mother Antonina [Fischer] and nine Sisters came by train from New York to Great Bend.”
It was on this day, when several weary Sisters hopped of a train after travelling half way across the country, that the Dominican Sisters in Great Bend began its historic ministry on the soil of southwest Kansas, eventually stretching to the continent of Africa.  
“I love life. God has blessed me with good health. I’ll be 96 in July. It’s been a happy life.”

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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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