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 203588
103 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 46219
102 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 44475
101 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 42768
100 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 42355
99 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 41260
98 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 40830
97 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 39141
96 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 38687
95 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 38156
94 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 37785
93 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 37776
92 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 36939
91 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 36585
90 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 35463



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