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, beginning 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 founding of ICM at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, Illinois, about June of 1987.
The ICM is basically and essentially a ministry of prayer and compassion - any resulting healing is done by the Lord. Any other form of assistance would be merely secondary and incidental.
The ICM serves all people who seek its prayers, regardless of their beliefs or religious orientations. In addition to attending healing services, since the ministry's very inception people have also been able to request prayer by telephone and correspondence.
Staff members are generally available to take prayer requests from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. There is an answering machine to record prayer requests at other times, and when staff members are not able to answer - for example during 12:30 PM Mass and 3:00 PM Prayers. Father Peter is usually in the office from about 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Besides it's headquarters in Olympia Fields, Illinois, the ICM has no other offices. Father Peter and ICM are under the general jurisdiction of the Servite Order's USA Province, which has its headquarters at the Servite Provincial Center, 3121 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL. There is, however, no board of directors per se for the ICM, which is directed by Fr. Peter himself, together with his financial and office managers.
Anyone may obtain the newsletter free of charge by simply calling or writing to our office and requesting to be put on our mailing list. A modest donation is always appreciated to help defray the cost of postage. We much prefer, however, that people review our newsletter via the internet.
With the exception of a couple of salaried employees, all other ministry personnel are selected volunteers, chosen preferably, although not exclusively, from the ranks of the Servite Secular Order.
Except for the sale of a few religious articles, the ministry's financial survival is totally dependent upon the Lord, and upon the freewill donations He inspires people to contribute - we assess no dues nor are there any fees for our services.