Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

 Saint Cho Hwa-so Peter

Petrus Cho Hwa-so

 

 

Peter Cho Hwa-so was born in Suwon in 1914, the son of Andrew Cho who was martyred in 1839. Later he moved to Sinchang in Chungcheong Province and worked as an assistant to Father Thomas Choe Yang-eop. In 1864, he moved to Jeonju for farming. He married Magdalene Han, and they had a son, Joseph Cho. After his first wife died, he married Susanna Kim. He was about 40 years old when a new persecution broke out.
Peter was a light-hearted man. He tried his best to live like a Catholic, fulfilling his duties faithfully. He was well-known for listening to and understanding others.
Peter lived in a mountain area so remote that it was difficult to hear outside news. On December 5, 1866, when Peter was visiting his neighbours with his son Joseph, a group of police rushed in and arrested Peter. He told his captors that he was a Catholic and had learned the catechism from his father. He said that he knew no other Catholics except his son.
When his son Joseph returned home, Peter urged him to run away. Joseph would not flee but surrendered himself to the captors. The two were taken to Chonju and joined other Catholics in prison. On their way to Jeonju, Peter and his son encouraged each other to be steadfast in their faith. Even non-Catholics who heard them admired their strong faith.
Peter encouraged his cellmates in prison to accept martyrdom and to be ready for death. For this he was more severely tortured than others. It is a known fact that Peter encouraged Bartholomew Cho not to give up his faith, saying" "We will be abundantly rewarded in heaven." He reminded his son that they would meet each other in heaven. He was tortured again and again for denying that he knew other Catholics and that he had some western books.
When he reached the execution site, he made the sign of the cross slowly and devoutly and told the executioners to believe in God. Then he was beheaded at Supjeongi in Jeonju on December 13, 1866, at the age of 52.

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103 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 32594
102 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 41837
101 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 37976
100 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 29268
99 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 41788
98 손선지 베드로 Petrus Son Son-ji 33634
» 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 45341
96 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 29496
95 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 26117
94 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 28739
93 장주기 요셉 Ioseph Chang Chu-gi 24609
92 오매뜨르 베드로 Petrus Aumaître 34053
91 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 29389
90 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 36136



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