SGI board plans for the future in strategic renewal workshop

By Sue Ernster, FSPA

On September 21, 2017, ​the Board of the ​Seventh Generation ​Interfaith CRI met in La Crosse, WI to engage in strategic planning for the future as well as acknowledging the changing path of ​the CRI with the death of Fr. Mike Crosby, O.F.M., Cap.

The day’s process was facilitated by Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, ​with presentations ​by Frank Sherman, Peg Groth, ​and ​Mark Peters. We spent time in groups discussing the external and internal ​trends impacting our vision and mission​ leading to a SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunity and threats) analysis​.​ ​The members ​then ​​shared thoughts on ​objectives and strategies for the next 3-5 years​ and ​some specific actions to facilitate this.

After this discussion, we discerned what would be a possible organizational model which may facilitate our agreed upon mission and vision.

​ I found the workshop to be both challenging and energizing. Fr. Mike Crosby left us a 45 year legacy of shareholder engagement. Despite the headwinds of a challenging political environment and the changing demographics of our members, the group came away feeling that this ministry has been a catalyst for change and we must continue in Mike’s footsteps to bring good news to the poor and God’s creation.

Donations in honor of Fr. Mike Crosby

We have received inquiries about how a person might honor Fr. Mike Crosby, O.F.M., Cap., who passed away on August 5th. ICCR, for example, has encouraged its members to donate to SGI, and we are grateful for the support. They wrote:

Many of you know that Mike was instrumental in helping to recruit Catholic congregations into the ICCR fold and organizing them under regional coalitions for responsbile investment or “CRIs”. Mike himself was the Executive Director of the Midwest CRI also known as the Seventh Generation Interfaith CRI.

Seventh Generation Interfaith CRI is a 501(c)(3) public charity almost entirely based on member dues. If you would like to contribute to its mission in memory of Fr. Crosby, please, make your tax deductible check out to Seventh Generation Interfaith Inc. and send it to the following address:

Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment
1015 N. 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

“Well done, good and faithful servant”

With sadness, we share the news that 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.

Visitation:
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.

Frank Sherman named Executive Director of Seventh Generation Interfaith

The Board of Directors of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investing unanimously approved the selection of Frank Sherman as Executive Director of the organization at its June 22 Board meeting.  The promotion is effective today.

As Associate Director under founding Executive Director Fr. Mike Crosby, O. F. M. Cap. for several years, Sherman demonstrated many traits appropriate to leadership of the organization, including shareholder activism.  As a sitting Board member of Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, he brings immediate connection and presence to the national responsible investing scene.

Before embarking upon his current career, Sherman was a senior corporate leader of Akzo Nobel, a multinational Dutch pharmaceutical firm.