Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

 

Marcus Chong Ui-bae

 

 

Chŏng Ŭi-bae Mark (1794-1866)

 

    Catechist Chŏng Ŭi-bae Mark was born in 1794 in Gyeonggi Province of a noble family who despised Catholics. Mark finished studying for the government examination and was teaching children. He married, but his wife soon died, and Mark lived for many years as a widower with no children. In 1839, he happened to see Bishop Imbert and Fathers Maubant and Chastan being martyred. Mark, who had thought that the Catholic religion was a heresy, was surprised to see the missionaries dying with such great joy. He began to read some Catholic books, and became convinced that being a Catholic would help him be a better man. He went to Seoul to be baptized. Bishop Ferreol, who came into Korea in 1845, made him a catechist. Catechist Mark performed his duties so faithfully until his death that Bishop Daveluy declared that he was a living saint, and Bishop Berneux said that he would be happy to be in Heaven together with Catechist Mark. Mark used to lead the Catholics and catechumens well and take care of sick people and orphans. He led a poor life intentionally with his second wife P'i Catherine. Since they had no children, they adopted their nephew P'i Paul, who taught Korean to Father Breteni뢳es, while he was staying in their house. 
    Catechist Mark always practiced his religion faithfully and his will was very strong. Everyone around him loved and respected him. He always preferred being martyred to dying at home. Father De Breteni뢳es used to praise his devout attitude at Mass in front of the people.
    When the persecution broke out, Mark helped others escape but he himself did not escape. When he was arrested on February 25, 1866, he showed great joy. He was then 72 years old. He spent a few days in prison with four French missionaries. After severe tortures, he was beheaded at Saenamteo on March 11, 1866.

 

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 285147
89 우세영 알렉시오 Alexius U Se-yong 37509
» 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 31622
87 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 50759
86 전장운 요한 Ioannes B. Chon Chang-un 37502
85 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 31097
84 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 31700
83 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 35542
82 랑페르 드 브르뜨니애르 유스토 Iustus Ranfer de Bretenières 37669
81 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 37550
80 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 57899
79 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 35551
78 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 40472
77 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 35519
76 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 31850
75 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 35484



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