Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

 

Marcus Chong Ui-bae

 

 

Chŏng Ŭi-bae Mark (1794-1866)

 

    Catechist Chŏng Ŭi-bae Mark was born in 1794 in Gyeonggi Province of a noble family who despised Catholics. Mark finished studying for the government examination and was teaching children. He married, but his wife soon died, and Mark lived for many years as a widower with no children. In 1839, he happened to see Bishop Imbert and Fathers Maubant and Chastan being martyred. Mark, who had thought that the Catholic religion was a heresy, was surprised to see the missionaries dying with such great joy. He began to read some Catholic books, and became convinced that being a Catholic would help him be a better man. He went to Seoul to be baptized. Bishop Ferreol, who came into Korea in 1845, made him a catechist. Catechist Mark performed his duties so faithfully until his death that Bishop Daveluy declared that he was a living saint, and Bishop Berneux said that he would be happy to be in Heaven together with Catechist Mark. Mark used to lead the Catholics and catechumens well and take care of sick people and orphans. He led a poor life intentionally with his second wife P'i Catherine. Since they had no children, they adopted their nephew P'i Paul, who taught Korean to Father Breteni뢳es, while he was staying in their house. 
    Catechist Mark always practiced his religion faithfully and his will was very strong. Everyone around him loved and respected him. He always preferred being martyred to dying at home. Father De Breteni뢳es used to praise his devout attitude at Mass in front of the people.
    When the persecution broke out, Mark helped others escape but he himself did not escape. When he was arrested on February 25, 1866, he showed great joy. He was then 72 years old. He spent a few days in prison with four French missionaries. After severe tortures, he was beheaded at Saenamteo on March 11, 1866.

 

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 331488
104 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 30858
103 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 32155
102 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 32175
101 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 33769
100 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 33966
99 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 33990
98 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 34837
97 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 35172
96 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 35374
95 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 35492
94 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 36742
93 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37971
92 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37997
91 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 38013
90 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 38031



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