Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Saint Pak Chong-won Augustine (1793-1840)

Saint Pak Chong-won Augustine

 

 

    Pak Chong-won Augustine was the husband of the martyr, Ko Barbara. He was born in Seoul. He had a warm personality, was kind and an excellent scholar. He was also an able man.
    Since he lost his father when he was still young, he had to live in poverty, but he didn't complain. He was loyal to his mother, and performed his duties faithfully. He married Ko Barbara. He was very charitable. He taught and encouraged Catholics as well as catechumens. He baptized many children in danger of death. He used to say: "As Jesus loved me, I have to love Him. As He suffered for me, I have to suffer." He had an ardent desire to be a martyr. 
    Augustine tried to advise others to correct their faults. He showed sorrow on his face when he saw someone in a sinful state. But his manner of doing these things was so kind that people were not offended. People used to say: "We have never seen Augustine getting angry." Augustine took the initiative in difficult situations. He made great efforts to introduce missionaries into Korea. His talent and virture were acknowledged by Bishop Imbert, who appointed him a catechist. Augustine performed his duties as a catechist admirably.
    When the persecution broke out, Augustine left his home and continued to take care of his fellow Catholics, particularly those in prison, for eight months. He was finally arrested on October 26, 1839. He was interrogated and tortured many times and so severely that he couldn't move his arms and legs, but he showed no sign of his agony. His flesh was torn apart, but he was happy to suffer for God.
    According to the government report, Augustine explained Heaven and Hell clearly and refused to offer sacrifices to his ancestors.
    Augustine was taken out to Tang-kogae near Seoul, and was beheaded there with five other Catholics on January 31, 1840, at the age of 48.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 318144
89 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 37428
88 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37433
87 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37483
86 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37485
85 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37503
84 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37569
83 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37588
82 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37603
81 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37622
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 39007
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 39087
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39366
77 김 바르바라 Barbara Kim 39740
76 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 39744
75 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 39750



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