Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Petrus Yu Chong-nyul

 

Yu Chŏng-nyul Peter (1836-1866)

 

   Catechist Yu Chŏng -nyul was born in 1836 at Nonje in Pyŏngyang. He became an orphan when he was a small boy. He was very poor, and he made his living by selling straw shoes. He had a very quick temper and treated his wife harshly. He was fond of gambling.
   Between 1863 and 1864 he learned of the Catholic religion. In 1864, when he was 28 years old, he went to Seoul and was baptized by Bishop Berneux and received the name Peter. After Baptism his life changed completely. He treated his wife kindly and gently. As a penance for his past harshness to his wife, he used to beat himself. He also stopped gambling. He led many people to the Catholic faith by his gentle and faithful life.
   In 1866, there was a rumor that there would be a persecution soon, but he lived and acted peacefully. On Lunar New Year's Day of 1866 he might have been inspired by the Holy Spirit, because he went around bidding farewell to his relatives. When he was visiting Kodunni mission station in the evening of the same day and praying with Catechist Chŏng Vincent and many other people, several policemen rushed into the mission building. Many Catholics escaped, but Yu Peter and Catechist Chŏng Vincent's nephew U Se-yong Alexius were arrested. Peter was happy for the chance to become a martyr. They were taken to Pyŏngyang and put in prison.
   The governor of Pyŏngyang let some apostates beat Peter with clubs. Those apostates who refused to beat Peter were beaten by the governor's men. Yu Peter was finally beaten to death on February 17, 1866 at the age of about 30. In order to make sure that he was dead, the governor had his men burn Peter's body. Five apostates then threw the body into the Taedong River. That night Peter's wife took his body out of the water and buried him in the family cemetery.
   Ten years later, in 1876, the governor ordered a stone monument to be erected by the river. Actually, this monument was to praise the governor for killing the Catholics but it became a proof of Peter's martyrdom. The monument is thought to be still standing in Pyŏngyang.

 

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 284145
89 우세영 알렉시오 Alexius U Se-yong 37487
88 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 31514
87 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 50555
86 전장운 요한 Ioannes B. Chon Chang-un 37441
85 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 31038
84 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 31671
83 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 35522
82 랑페르 드 브르뜨니애르 유스토 Iustus Ranfer de Bretenières 37641
81 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 37523
» 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 57828
79 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 35488
78 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 40458
77 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 35487
76 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 31825
75 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 35457



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