Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints




Ch'oe Ch'ang-hŭb Peter (1786-1840)

Ch'oe Ch'ang-hŭb Peter was a younger brother of Ch'oe John, martyred in 1801, and the husband of Son Magdalene, beheaded in 1840.

Peter was born about 1786 to a family of a government official. His father died when Peter was 13 years old. Shortly after his father's death, Peter began to study the Catholic doctrine, but he did not get baptized. Since he was separated from other Catholics during the persecution, he did not practice his religion well. In 1815, he started to associate with Catholics and learned his religion again. He had a warm personality and was well liked by others. During the persecution of 1801, he lost all his family property. In that poor situation, he married Son Magdalene, and raised eleven children. Nine of them died when they were young. In 1821, when cholera raged throughout the country and caused many deaths, Peter was baptized. After that time he observed all his religious obligations faithfully. When the missionaries came to Korea, Peter was listed as one of the most faithful Catholics. He used to say: "When I think of the sins I committed in my younger days, I feel I have to die for God to do penance and to save my soul."

Peter was arrested in June of 1839, and was interrogated and tortured. His body was twisted seven times and he was whipped, but he would not deny God and refused to reveal the whereabouts of his fellow Catholics. He was severely tortured even in the higher court, but he endured with courage. Just before Peter was taken out to the site of his execution, he asked a servant in prison to tell his imprisoned wife and daughter not to shed tears but to praise and thank God and follow him in martyrdom.

Peter was beheaded on December 29, 1839, outside the Small West Gate with six other Catholics. He was 53 years old when he was martyred.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355109
59 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 41885
58 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 36722
57 김 데레사 Teresia Kim 43023
56 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 42195
55 고순이 바르바라 Barbara Ko Sun-i 43195
54 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 45236
53 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 42148
52 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 39114
51 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 43020
» 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 57976
49 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 47314
48 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 74240
47 조 막달레나 Magdalena Cho 43256
46 이 가타리나 Catharina Yi 42725
45 김 루치아 Lucia Kim (Kopch’u) 43218

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