August 08, 2017
Author: Christopher Cox
With sadness, we share the news that our founder, Fr. Mike Crosby, O.F.M., Cap., has died. In December of 2016, a CT scan and subsequent testing resulted in a diagnosis of cancer of the esophagus. In April, just after Easter, Fr. Mike underwent surgery after a course of radiation treatment and chemotherapy. While the initial prognosis looked positive, another CT scan in June revealed that the cancer had returned with force, and Fr. Mike entered hospice care in Detroit early that month.
Michael Crosby died on 5 August 2017 at the age of 77, after suffering with cancer.
Michael Crosby was born on 16 February 1940, the son of Hugh and Blanche Crosby of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was invested in the Capuchin Order on 31 August 1959, perpetually professed his vows on 1 September 1963, and was ordained on 6 October 1966.
A writer and speaker, Michael was also the executive director of the Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment, which focuses on social ministry and activism through investment. Michael did pastoral ministry at St. Elizabeth Parish (now St. Martin de Porres Parish) in Milwaukee from 1968-1973. From 1973 until his death, Michael ministered in the area of corporate responsibility. Additionally, he was a collaborator for the canonization cause of Capuchin friar Solanus Casey.
Michael is survived by his brother Daniel (also a Capuchin friar), as well as his many Capuchin brothers with whom he lived, prayed and ministered during the past 58 years.
Thurs., Aug 10: St. Bonaventure Monastery, Detroit, 5-8 pm,
with service at 7 pm.
Friday, Aug 11: St. Francis Parish, Milwaukee, 5-8 pm, with service at 7 pm
Liturgy of Christian Burial:
Sat., Aug 12, St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary WI; 10:30 am, with viewing beforehand.
Burial in Capuchin cemetery, Mt. Calvary WI
Fr. Mike’s reflections, and those of his brother Fr. Dan, are found on a Caring Bridge site.
July 07, 2017
Author: Christopher Cox
Pioneers in shareholder advocacy to be honored at ICCR’s annual event on September 28th.
NEW YORK, NY, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28TH, 2017 – The Governing Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is pleased to announce that the winners of the ICCR 2017 Legacy Award are Sr. Patricia Daly, OP of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ and Fr. Michael Crosby OFM Cap of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order.
Sr. Pat has worked in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for 40 years. She serves as the Director Emeritus of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment after having served 23 years as Executive Director. Pat is also the Corporate Responsibility Representative for the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ.
Over the years Pat has successfully negotiated with companies on issues of human rights, labor, ecological concerns, militarism, equality, health and tobacco, and international debt and capital flows. Pat has played a role in forcing General Electric to pay for the clean-up of the Hudson River, helped to integrate global warming and the impacts of climate change into the priorities of Corporate America, and along with Fr. Mike Crosby, is a founder of Campaign ExxonMobil, calling this oil giant to task on matters related to climate change.
Sr. Pat is valued not only for her wisdom and leadership on so many issues of concern for the ICCR community, but for the way she has actively mentored many in our ranks, helping to cultivate the next generation of ICCR leaders as well.
Fr. Michael Crosby was one of the earliest members of ICCR and has been active in socially responsible investing and corporate engagement since 1973. Until recently, Mike was the Executive Director of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition in Milwaukee, an important ICCR member in the Midwest. Mike is credited with working to bring Catholic institutions into ICCR membership, and for four decades has been involved in engagements on many social and environmental concerns, most notably human rights in global supply chains, GHG emissions reductions and climate change and the health risks of tobacco.
Mike has been an active speaker, giving year-round workshops and retreats, and is an award-winning author. At ICCR, Mike is known for his passionate calls to action on the critical issues facing our planet and its people.
Said ICCR’s Board Chair Rev. Séamus Finn, “In honoring Fr. Mike Crosby OFM Cap and Sr. Patricia Daly OP, the ICCR community acknowledges the pioneering role that they have both played in bringing the vision of faith and the passion for justice into the cultures and operations of public corporations and the deliberations and decisions that are central to the investment process.”
Said ICCR’s CEO Josh Zinner, “We are thrilled to be honoring Pat and Mike with the ICCR Legacy Award. There could not possibly be two more deserving recipients as, since the very beginning, they have been there pushing companies to do the right thing on so many critical issues of environmental and social justice. They are both models for us all- kind-hearted, thoughtful, compassionate and full of strength. We are so grateful to both for all that they have given to ICCR.”
Both Sr. Pat and Fr. Mike will be honored at ICCR’s special event on Thursday, September 28th at the Riverside Church in New York City. To register for this event, please visit www.iccr.org.
About the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
Celebrating its 46th year, ICCR is the pioneer coalition of shareholder advocates who view the management of their investments as a catalyst for social change. Its 300 member organizations comprise faith communities, socially responsible asset managers, unions, pensions, NGOs and other socially responsible investors with combined assets of over $200 billion. ICCR members engage hundreds of corporations annually in an effort to foster greater corporate accountability. www.iccr.org