Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Saint Pak Chong-won Augustine (1793-1840)

Saint Pak Chong-won Augustine

 

 

    Pak Chong-won Augustine was the husband of the martyr, Ko Barbara. He was born in Seoul. He had a warm personality, was kind and an excellent scholar. He was also an able man.
    Since he lost his father when he was still young, he had to live in poverty, but he didn't complain. He was loyal to his mother, and performed his duties faithfully. He married Ko Barbara. He was very charitable. He taught and encouraged Catholics as well as catechumens. He baptized many children in danger of death. He used to say: "As Jesus loved me, I have to love Him. As He suffered for me, I have to suffer." He had an ardent desire to be a martyr. 
    Augustine tried to advise others to correct their faults. He showed sorrow on his face when he saw someone in a sinful state. But his manner of doing these things was so kind that people were not offended. People used to say: "We have never seen Augustine getting angry." Augustine took the initiative in difficult situations. He made great efforts to introduce missionaries into Korea. His talent and virture were acknowledged by Bishop Imbert, who appointed him a catechist. Augustine performed his duties as a catechist admirably.
    When the persecution broke out, Augustine left his home and continued to take care of his fellow Catholics, particularly those in prison, for eight months. He was finally arrested on October 26, 1839. He was interrogated and tortured many times and so severely that he couldn't move his arms and legs, but he showed no sign of his agony. His flesh was torn apart, but he was happy to suffer for God.
    According to the government report, Augustine explained Heaven and Hell clearly and refused to offer sacrifices to his ancestors.
    Augustine was taken out to Tang-kogae near Seoul, and was beheaded there with five other Catholics on January 31, 1840, at the age of 48.

List of Articles
No. Subject Views
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 271773
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 33382
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 53961
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 35943
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 35548
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 36688
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 33359
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 33463
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 49245
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 31308
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 37725
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 28611
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 47205
» 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 34510
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 29499
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 35732



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