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Michael Crosby is a Capuchin Franciscan and was recently named one of the Most Inspirational People of 2016 by the Catholic Herald. He lives in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves the urban poor, homeless and marginated. His own ministry revolves around his attempt to proclaim the gospel of God's Trinitarian reign and the conversion that is needed to bring about Trinitarian relationships of equality at all levels "on earth as it is in heaven." Specifically it attempts to help develop a spirituality of discipleship for U.S. and other "First World" Catholics. This effort has two main expressions: corporate reform and church reform.
Since 1973 Michael has been a pioneer among Catholics in promoting corporate reform through socially responsible investing. He was influential in getting Catholics to work with the Protestant and Jewish communities in this effort at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). He has been very involved in a wide range of issues--from South Africa and infant formula to climate change and tobacco control. He coordinates the work of religious institutions in the Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, Dakotas (WIM/CRI) who are part of the ICCR.
Michael's preaching and writing on contemporary biblical discipleship has taken him around the world. Toward this end he gives retreats, workshops and parish missions. He has written seventeen books. His latest books have received awards from the Catholic Press Association of Canada and the United States, including a First Place for his Can Religious Life Be Prophetic? His latest books are: Finding Francis, Following Christ (Orbis:2007) and The Paradox of Power: Moving from Control to Compassion in a Violent World (Crossroads:2008). In 2008 the book on Francis received 2nd place for books on "Spirituality" from the Catholic Press Association of Canada and the United States.