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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Local family serves NM mission

A personal journal account

By LYZA FRASCO
Special to the Register

June 21, 2014 – Our Family loaded the covered wagon, a.k.a. the van, and headed out west for the hills of New Mexico, destination: Mission Parish San Lorenzo near Grants, New Mexico.
At St. John the Baptist Parish in Spearville, we have been teaming with this New Mexico parish for about 20 years. Our mission was to meet their mission and put on Vacation Bible School.
Eleven hours later, we arrived at a small country church at the base of a mesa, and were met by a parishioner who showed us to our living quarters.
The “Old Convent” as they call it, is generally where the priest will stay overnight prior to Sunday morning Mass and Confession. (Got that? The only access to a priest they have is for about an hour-and-a-half on Sunday mornings! Thankfully we learned that very soon they will be getting a resident priest.)
Monday through Wednesday we hosted a Catholic style Vacation Bible School for whoever would like to come.
Any takers? Yes! Two families. Doesn’t sound like much, but considering that one family was a Navajo family and it included Grandma, Grandpa, their four children–two of their grandchildren–and a cousin, all in all a pretty good turnout for a land so sparse. Everyone, including the volunteers, agreed that much was learned and that fun was had by all who attended. Since this was the only type of religion class or instruction they have all year, it was a consensus that it was in high demand and badly needed again next year.
To support themselves, and as a form of outreach to the community, San Lorenzo houses and runs a thrift store, and since most of the Navajo on the Reservation have no running water, it offers access to a water-well at a donation price of two cents a gallon.
Earlier this summer our parish (St. John the Baptist in Spearville) held a kids’ clothing and blanket drive. We asked  [at the mission] if they needed help putting it into the store, but they had other plans. On the feast day of St. Lawrence, they hold a very popular “Fiesta,” and as part of the raffle they include some of the items that we donated, i.e. bed spreads, blankets, towels, etc..., (their Grand prize is a 1986 4wd pick-up!) and since it will nearly be back-to-school time, they’ll have a kids’ clothing jamboree sale, since they really have almost no kid-size clothing.
So all in all, the trip out west was very productive and taught our family a few things:
1. Yes, this place is real, with real people, and a real need. It would be great to have more communication with them. If you would like to take the time to go down there and go to Mass, I’m sure they would love it!
2. It is Catholic. In fact, if this parish closed down, families would have to drive 80 minutes to the next Catholic church.
3. It still needs our help. Our donations, both monetary and material, our prayers, and our time spent teaching them is priceless and immeasurable. Also, the next item on their list is to build a cemetery. The Navajo of the parish have designed it and will be the ones to build it once all the funds are raised.
Thank you again for all you do for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Remember God has given each and everyone of us a gift to share, so “Go out into the whole world and tell the Good News.” (Mark 16:15)

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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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