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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Year for Consecrated Life

Being a part of God’s plan for salvation of the world is a ‘pretty big deal’

Brother Mark Schenk, OFM Cap
Religious Vocation from St. Ann, Olmitz
Years in Religious Life: 34
Current Ministry: General Councilor for the Capuchin Order, Rome, Italy

How did you know God was calling you to religious life?

Initially, I was fairly sure that I was not called to religious life so I began participating in vocation meetings to prove it to myself. The plan, however, backfired! After many years of knowing Capuchin friars, sharing in their life, prayer and ministry, I found myself at peace with them. There was no bolt out of the blue; just a steadily growing realization that religious life is where I was meant to be.


What do you most like about religious life?


One of the aspects of religious life that excites me is the sense of purpose it has given me. Being part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world is a pretty big deal. On a more mundane level, religious life has greatly expanded my horizons, allowing me to interact with people from many different cultures and social strata. When I joined the Capuchin Order, I thought my world would shrink, but it has instead become much larger.


What do you find most challenging about religious life?

Losing some of my independence and learning instead to be dependent on others has been challenging. Rather than simply choosing the type of work I want to do, I must see the needs of the community and listen to what it wants of me. Sometimes what the community wants is not what I want. However, I must admit that sometimes doing things I was not thrilled about turned out to be great experiences.


Were there times when you wanted to leave but through prayer and the grace of God you remained?

I don’t think there was ever a time when I seriously considered leaving the Order, but there were times when I doubted my decision. Those were difficult times for me, and probably for those who were living with me. Prayer and the support of my brothers, however, got me through those times.


What brings you peace, happiness, and fulfillment in living out your religious life?


My best moments have been when I have seen the work that my brothers are doing among some of the poorest, most abandoned people in the world. Knowing that we are providing a little hope and human dignity to people that society has forgotten gives me a great sense of fulfillment.


How do you witness Christ to others in the church, society, and the world?


My hope is that by living humbly, simply and joyfully I can witness to the fact that we are called to something better than the empty promises offered by a materialistic world. If you were expecting another Saint Francis of Assisi, you are going to be disappointed, but hopefully I can have a small, positive influence on some of the people I meet.


We see religious life as ever changing.  What have you done to keep up with the changing times?


It’s hard to keep up with the changing times! I tried blogging, but to say that it hasn’t been a great success would be the understatement of the year. I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts, but have not really found a way to evangelize with them. Mostly, I try to read a lot—the newspaper, church documents, books on spirituality and sociology in order to stay current, but also books on history, the writings of Saint Francis, and lives of the saints in order to provide a solid theological foundation for understanding the world.


What would you tell someone who was discerning a religious vocation?


To someone who was discerning a religious vocation I would say, first of all, not to be afraid of pursuing it. The time spent in trying out religious life is not wasted; if nothing else, you will come away with a better understanding of yourself. Secondly, I would say to involve others in your discernment. We are often the worst judges of ourselves; other people see things in us that we don’t see ourselves. Therefore, it is important to talk to others and get their feedback.


After your many years of following your vocation, what would you like people to know?


I would like people to know that it is worth the risk to commit yourself fully to this way of life. Joining religious life necessarily entails saying no to other possibilities, but the only way to find fulfillment in life is give yourself over to something one hundred percent.

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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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