About Fr. Rookey
Fr. Peter M. Rookey, O.S.M., a solemn professed friar and priest, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery, Chicago, Illinois. He was ninety-seven years of age and a priest for seventy-three years. He was born October 12, 1916, in Superior, WI. Fr. Rookey entered the Servite Order on September 8, 1930, and professed solemn vows on November 1, 1938. He was ordained a priest on May 17, 1941. Fr. Peter served as Assistant Master of Novices, Mt. St. Philip, Granville, WI; Assistant Pastor, Assumption Parish, Portland, OR; Assistant Master of Students, Mater Dolorosa Seminary,Hillside, IL; Assistant Master of Professed Students, Novices & Postulants, Benburb Priory, Benburb, Ireland; Servite General Consultor, Rome, Italy; Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Chicago, IL; Servite Foundations in Louvain, Belgium and Germany; Assistant Pastor, St. Marie du Lac Parish, Ironton, MO; and Director of The International Compassion Ministry. Visitation was Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, IL. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, September 15, 2014, also at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, IL. Interment was in the Servite Section of Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL.
The International Compassion Ministry (ICM) was founded by Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M.
Father 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 was essentially a ministry of prayer and compassion.
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THE MIRACLE PRAYER
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.