Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints



Petrus Chong Won-ji


Choung Woun-ji Peter (1845-1866)



Choung Woun-ji Peter was born in 1845 of a very devout Catholic family at Chinjam in Ch'ungch'oung Province. When the persecution of 1866 broke out, he was an orphan. His father had previously been martyred, and his mother had also died. Peter left home, moved to Soungjidong village in Chounju, and lived in a rented room at Cho Peter's house. He was 21 years old and was married when the persecution of 1866 broke out.

When a group of police rushed into his village to capture Catholics, Peter escaped to a mountain and stayed overnight there. The next morning he was finally captured. When he was first captured, he denied that he was a Catholic, but a moment later, encouraged by Cho Peter, he repented and clearly declared that he was a Catholic.

When he was tortured to reveal who taught him religion, he said that his only religion teacher had been his martyred father. The interrogators were surprised that Peter would dare to believe the religion which actually caused his father's death. Peter said that he believed the Catholic religion in order to meet his parents in Heaven. He was tortured but he showed no sign of weakness.

On December 13, 1866, nine days after his arrest, Peter was taken with his fellow Catholics to the execution site at Supjoung-i in Chounju. On their way one of the execution officials, who was drunk, ridiculed Peter and cursed Heaven. Peter responded, "What a fool you are! It is like cursing your own father and mother!"

All the Catholics who were brought to the execution site looked very happy and peaceful and were saying prayers. Peter was beheaded at Supjoung-i in Chounju on December 13, 1866. He was 21.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 190555
103 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 42478
102 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 42385
101 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 40319
100 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 39106
99 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 38819
98 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 37754
97 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 36227
96 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 35976
95 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 35943
» 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 35547
93 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 35087
92 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 34787
91 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 34099
90 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 33507

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