About International Compassion Ministry (ICM)


About Fr. Rookey's Passing

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Peter M. Rookey, OSM. Fr. Peter died peacefully in his sleep in the overnight hours of September 9-10, 2014, at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery, Chicago, IL. The friars of the community had gathered around his bed to offer prayers.Born in Superior, WI, October 12, 1916, he was ninety-seven years of age. He entered the Order at Hillside, IL, in 1930 and was a priest for seventy-three years. 

Services for Fr. Peter are as follows:

Saturday, September 13, 2014:
4:00pm - A concert in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows in the Basilica
5:30pm - Visitation for Fr. Peter Rookey until 9:00pm.
8:00pm - Recitation of the Servite Rosary

Sunday, September 14, 2014
3:00pm - Visitation for Fr. Peter Rookey until 8:00pm
7:00pm - Recitation of the Servite Rosary

Monday, September 15, 2014, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
8:30am - Viewing until time of Funeral Mass
10:30am - Morning Prayer - Office for the Dead
11:00am - Mass of Christian Burial
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Private interment. 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 

About ICM

The International Compassion Ministry (ICM) was founded by Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M.

Euraristic blessingFather Peter's gift of healing first became apparent during his assignment as Our Lady of Benburb College, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland which began in 1948. His ensuing part-time ministry of healing was interrupted, starting in 1953, due to a lengthy series of reassignments. It was not until many years later that circumstances allowed him to resume a healing ministry with the 1987 founding of ICM at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, Illinois.

The ICM is essentially a ministry of prayer and compassion. Any resulting healing is done by the Lord, and any other forms of assistance would be secondary and incidental. The ICM serves all people who seek prayers, regardless of their beliefs or religious affiliation. From the ministry’s beginning, people have also been able to request prayer by phone and by mail at:

3121 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
773-638-0159, x102, or x103

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The mission of International Compassion Ministry is evangelization and catechesis. "Go. Proclaim the Good News. Signs like these will accompany those who have professed their faith: they will use my name to expel demons, and the sick upon whom they lay their hands will recover" (Mk. 16: 15-18). "They expelled many demons, anointed the sick with oil, and worked many cures" (Mk. 6: 13).Jesus on Cross statue

Religious orders build up the Body of Christ. The Servites focus on the passion of Jesus and the compassion of Mary, the suffering Servant and His Sorrowful Mother: His "Thine be done" and her "fiat". We can only preach Christ, and Him crucified. Their "yes" brought Resurrection for Him, Assumption for Her - and healing for all.

The ministry’s chief focus is on inner healing. People are usually lead  in the Miracle Prayer, their eyes focused on Jesus crucified. Reconciliation is available. Preparation for Mass with the Scriptural praying of the Servite Rosary of the Seven Sorrows is also encouraged.

"The Lord continued to work with them throughout and confirm the message through the signs which accompanied them" (Mk. 16: 20). "If you don't believe my words believe my works" (Jn. 14:11).


Lord Jesus, I come before you just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me.

In your name I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite you into my life, Jesus. I accept you as my Lord, God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit.

Come, Lord Jesus, cover me with your Precious Blood, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I love you, Lord Jesus, I praise you, Lord Jesus. I thank you, Jesus. I shall follow you every day of my life.

Mary, my mother, Queen of Peace, St. Peregrine, the cancer saint, all you Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.