Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints



Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho




Cheong Mun-ho Bartholomew (1801-1866)

   Cheong Mun-ho Bartholomew was born in 1801 at Imcheon in Ch'ungch'eong Province, and lived in Cheolla Province. Before he was baptized, he had been the governor of a region. When the new persecution broke out, he was 65.
   After baptism Bartholomew resigned from all public offices. His character was so good that he was loved and respected by all, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He taught people catechism. This is another reason why he was highly esteemed.
   When Bartholomew heard the news of persecution in Cheolla Province, he sent a messenger to Cheonju to confirm the news. The messenger happened to be a non-Catholic. Before the messenger returned, a group of police rushed into the village where Bartholomew lived and arrested him together with six other Catholics on December 3, 1866.
   When the seven were led to a regional prosecutor's office, they appeared very happy. They were put in a storeroom. Bartholomew was strongly tempted to renounce his faith, but his companions, particularly Cho Peter, encouraged him. Bartholomew repented and remained steadfast. He prayed hard and endured tortures and sufferings with courage. He told the prosecutor that he would rather die than deny God. He looked very happy when he was taken to the death site on December 13. The executioners were surprised to hear him murmuring prayers. On his way to Supjeong-i in Cheonju for martyrdom, he said to Cho Peter: "Today we are going through the heavenly examination. What a happy day indeed!" He compared martyrdom with officialdom in Heaven. Bartholomew was beheaded at Supjeong-i in Cheonju on December 13, 1866, at the age of 65.
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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 362365
103 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 65185
102 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 70158
101 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 72225
100 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 49886
99 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 79122
98 손선지 베드로 Petrus Son Son-ji 67543
97 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 84453
» 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 50635
95 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 45787
94 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 47207
93 장주기 요셉 Ioseph Chang Chu-gi 44538
92 오매뜨르 베드로 Petrus Aumaître 83772
91 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 49655
90 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 58392

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