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 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.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 297070
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36156
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 58660
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 38343
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 39467
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 39459
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 36151
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 36135
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 51980
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 33480
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 40939
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 30755
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 51059
» 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38246
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 32431
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 39512

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