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 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.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 296705
89 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 36115
» 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36122
87 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36137
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 36177
85 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 36186
84 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36193
83 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 36234
82 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 36318
81 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36331
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 36899
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 37671
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 37855
77 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38204
76 이연희 마리아 Maria Yi Yon-hui 38251
75 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 38278

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