Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Ioseph Han Chae-kwon

 

 

Han Jae-kwo˘n Joseph (1835-1866)


 Catechist Han Jea-kwo˘ n Joseph was born in 1835 in Imch'o˘ n, Ch'ungch'o˘ ng Province, but lived at Taeso˘ ngdong in Cho˘ nju when the persecution broke out.  
 Before Joseph moved to Taeso˘ ngdong, he had been a catechist, but in Taeso˘ngdong he was not acting as a catechist. He was living there as an ordinary Catholic. His character was so honest and gentle that everybody in the village, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, loved and respected him. He fulfilled all his Christian duties and wanted to die as a martyr. 
 On December 3, 1866, in the evening Joseph was arrested by a group of police. He was sent to the Cho˘ nju prison together with other Catholics. In Cho˘nju he not only was tortured by the government officials but also was troubled by his own family members, who threatened to commit suicide unless Joseph denied his religion. Joseph, however, endured all these difficulties with courage.
 His non-Catholic father begged the governor to release Joseph, and sent Joseph letters urging him to renounce his religion. Joseph gently but strongly refused his father's request. His father even tried to bribe the government officials to have his son released. The government officials tried very hard to get Joseph to deny his religion, but their continued efforts failed. Joseph's father kept bribing the government officials, but Joseph reminded him that he was not his only son. He told his father that he really wanted to die for God.
 On December 13, 1866, Joseph achieved his desire at the age of 31. He was finally beheaded at Supjo˘ngi in Cho˘ nju.
 Some sources call Han Jea-kwo˘n Peter, but most sources call him Joseph.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 314860
104 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 30251
103 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 31534
102 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31538
101 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 33135
100 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 33311
99 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 33349
98 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 33990
97 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 34025
96 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 34223
95 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 34513
94 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 35965
93 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 36094
92 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 36779
91 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 37063
90 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37109



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