Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Laurentius Han I-hyong

 

 

Han I-Hyŏng Laurence (+1846)

 

Han I-Hyŏng Laurence was born to a noble family in Doksan in Ch'ungch'ŏng Province. He had a strong character and a spirit of self-sacrifice. He studied catechism when he was 14 years old. A few weeks later Laurence became a very devout Catholic. He spent many hours in front of a crucifix meditating and repenting his past sins. Every Sunday and on all holy days of obligation he went to the mission chapel four kilometers away for prayer, regardless of bad weather. During Lent he fasted everyday. When he was 21 years old, he married a Catholic woman and lived in a remote rural area near Yangji.
He was very good not only to God but also to his neighbors, particularly poor ones. He fed poor people in his home and gave them his own clothes. He used to say that God would reward him for his acts of charity.
Bishop Imbert made him a catechist. He was well qualified for the post in knowledge, virtue and good example. He fulfilled his duty satisfactorily.
After Father Kim Andrew was arrested, the captors tried to arrest the Catholics connected with him. Han Laurence was arrested accidentally. He was ridiculed and severely beaten. The captors stripped him naked and hung him from the ceiling. Then they beat him cruelly, commanding him to deny his faith and to reveal the whereabouts of his fellow Catholics. Laurence refused to do so. His captors bound his legs, put broken glass and dishes between his feet, and sawed them with a thick rope, but Laurence endured all the pains admirably. Even his enemies praised him very highly. On his way to Seoul, he refused the horse offered by his captors. He walked the 52 kilometers of rough road with bare feet because of the wounds in his feet.
According to the government record (Sŭngjŏngwŏn Diary), Han Laurence and four women were severely tortured but refused to give up their conviction. They were beaten to death on September 20, 1846. It is possible that Laurence could have been strangled, because, according to the testimony of Archbishop Mutel, they were originally sentenced to be beaten to death, but if they didn't die immediately, they were actually strangled to death. Laurence was 48 years old when he was martyred.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 319634
89 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 37526
88 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37533
87 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37554
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37579
85 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37590
84 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37638
83 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37651
82 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37679
81 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37694
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 39120
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 39190
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39431
77 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 39828
76 앵베르 라우렌시오 Laurentius Imbert 39860
75 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 39860



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