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 103 Korean Martyr Saints


이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il

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Ioannes Yi Yun-il



Yi Yun-il John (1812-1867) 


  Yi Yun-il John was born in 1812 at Hongju in Ch'ungch'ong-do. He later settled down at Mungyong in Kyongsang Province. He farmed for a living. He was married and had some children. When the persecution broke out, he was 45. John was tall and had a large beard. He was known for his devout faith and simple character. His family was traditionally Catholic and produced many catechists. John tried his best to keep his family traditions.
  According to the testimony of John's son, between November 7 and December 6, 1866, John was sitting in his room, when the police approached his house. He knew that they were coming. He could have escaped, but he did not. To those searching for Catholics John said that he was a Catholic but knew of no other Catholics in his neighborhood. Of 30 or more arrested with John on that day, 8 belonged to John's household. They were all put in the Mungyong prison. Since the governor was absent, there were no interrogations, but his captors tortured John and looted all his possessions. The Catholics were sent to the Sangju prison three days later. In Sangju John was interrogated three times. Each time, John admitted that he was a Catholic but knew no other Catholics excpet those captured with him. The district government official urged John to deny God, but John strongly withstood his persuasion.
  The official finished the interrogations and divided the 70 Catholics into three groups: the first group was made up of those who had children and those who had abandoned their faith; the second was a group of 20 who refused to deny God; the third group made up of leaders like John. The Sangju official, after having consulted with the Lord Regent in Seoul, sentenced them to death on January 4, 1867.
  The Catholics were tortured again and sent to Taegu (Kyongsang Province). Before his departure to Taegu John was so happy that he said to his children: "I now leave to become a martyr. You return home, worship God faithfully and follow me when you grow up."
  John showed good examples to his cellmates. He dedicated himself to prayer and encouraged his fellow Catholics to be steadfast to their faith.
  On January 21, 1867, he was taken out to a suburb of Taegu, ate his last meal and gave all his money to his executioners. He was finally behead and received the heavenly crown. He was 45 years old.
List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 190396
103 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 42463
102 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 42349
101 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 40304
100 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 39085
99 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 38791
98 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 37736
97 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 36220
96 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 35967
95 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 35919
94 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 35531
93 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 35081
92 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 34772
91 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 34074
90 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 33491

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