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.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 256590
103 오매뜨르 베드로 Petrus Aumaître 64878
102 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 62089
101 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 58283
100 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 55211
99 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 53669
98 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 53433
97 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 53148
96 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 52622
95 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 51673
94 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 51316
93 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 49281
92 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 49219
91 손선지 베드로 Petrus Son Son-ji 47975
90 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 47888



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