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 103 Korean Martyr Saints




Ch'oe Ch'ang-hŭb Peter (1786-1840)

Ch'oe Ch'ang-hŭb Peter was a younger brother of Ch'oe John, martyred in 1801, and the husband of Son Magdalene, beheaded in 1840.

Peter was born about 1786 to a family of a government official. His father died when Peter was 13 years old. Shortly after his father's death, Peter began to study the Catholic doctrine, but he did not get baptized. Since he was separated from other Catholics during the persecution, he did not practice his religion well. In 1815, he started to associate with Catholics and learned his religion again. He had a warm personality and was well liked by others. During the persecution of 1801, he lost all his family property. In that poor situation, he married Son Magdalene, and raised eleven children. Nine of them died when they were young. In 1821, when cholera raged throughout the country and caused many deaths, Peter was baptized. After that time he observed all his religious obligations faithfully. When the missionaries came to Korea, Peter was listed as one of the most faithful Catholics. He used to say: "When I think of the sins I committed in my younger days, I feel I have to die for God to do penance and to save my soul."

Peter was arrested in June of 1839, and was interrogated and tortured. His body was twisted seven times and he was whipped, but he would not deny God and refused to reveal the whereabouts of his fellow Catholics. He was severely tortured even in the higher court, but he endured with courage. Just before Peter was taken out to the site of his execution, he asked a servant in prison to tell his imprisoned wife and daughter not to shed tears but to praise and thank God and follow him in martyrdom.

Peter was beheaded on December 29, 1839, outside the Small West Gate with six other Catholics. He was 53 years old when he was martyred.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 356034
89 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 60870
88 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 59151
87 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 58944
» 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 58122
85 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 57735
84 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 57131
83 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 56968
82 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 56206
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 54941
80 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 50410
79 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 49492
78 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 49440
77 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 48637
76 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 48610
75 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 48444

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