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.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 302883
89 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 54710
88 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 53677
87 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 53675
86 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 53396
85 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 52707
84 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 52476
83 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 52330
82 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 51668
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 50847
80 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 46092
79 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 46026
78 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 44019
77 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 43730
76 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 43518
75 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 43126

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