by Friar Servants of Mary – USA Province
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.