Capuchin Father Michael Crosby dead at 77

Fr. Michael Crosby, OFM Cap. Photo courtesy of The Compass, Diocese of Green Bay, Wisc.

Capuchin Franciscan Father Michael Crosby, a longtime advocate of social justice issues died on August 5. He had been diagnosed with cancer in December.

According to Crux (Aug. 7, 2017), Fr. Crosby underwent surgery in April and after a course in radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer returned in June and he entered hospice.

Fr. Crosby was founder of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility in 1971. According to The Compass (Aug. 8, 2017), the Green Bay diocesan newspaper, he was often in the forefront of efforts to introduce shareholder resolutions on behalf of religious orders that covered a wide range of concerns including climate change, sourcing of materials and fair treatment of employees.

A native of Fond du Lac, Wisc., Fr. Crosby joined the Capuchins in 1959 and professed his vows in 1963. He was ordained in 1966.

He belonged to the Midwest Province of the Capuchin Franciscans, and although he was a popular speaker and retreat master, he continued to live with his fellow Capuchins in a mission serving the poor of Milwaukee.

The late Capuchin priest wrote more than 20 books including “Bearing Witness: The Place of the Franciscan Family in the Church,” “Thy Will be Done: Praying the Our Father as Subversive Activity,” “Spirituality of the Beatitudes: Matthews Challenge for First World Christians,” and “Repair My House: Becoming a ‘Kindom’ Catholic.”

Visitation will take place Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 5-8pm with a service at 7pm at St. Bonaventure Monastery, Detroit, MI and on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5-8pm with a service at 7pm at St. Francis Parish, Milwaukee, WI. The Liturgy of Christian Burial funeral Mass will take place on August 12, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, WI. Burial in Capuchin Cemetery, Mt. Calvary, WI.

For The Compass report, click here.

For the Crux report, click here.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Aug. 9, 2017) summary, click here.