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.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 317736
104 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 30444
103 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31740
102 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 31745
101 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 33326
100 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 33519
99 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 33536
98 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 34187
97 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 34203
96 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 34415
95 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 34769
94 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 36167
93 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 36348
92 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 37023
91 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 37343
90 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 37376



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