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위앵 루카 Lucas Huin

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Saint Martin Luc Huin, the Priest (1836-1866)

Saint Martin Luc Huin, the Priest

 

    Martin Luc Huin was born in Guyonville, France, on October 20, 1836, the youngest of nine children. He was usually called just Luc. His parents were devout vineyard farmers. His father was proud of his family tradition that had priests in every generation. His mother was an equally devout woman. His pastor was also very interested in Luc's priestly vocation so taught him Latin even before he entered seminary. In 1851 he became a seminarian and his academic achievements were highly esteemed. The discipline of his life was also excellent. His only defect was his extreme sensitivity. 
    From the time Luc received sacred orders, he was thinking of becoming a missionary. After he entered the major seminary near his home, he heard many missionary bishops speak about the foreign missions. His desire to become a missionary became stronger. But the fact that his house was destroyed by fire slowed down his desire to become a missionary. The problem with Luc was that he was too attached to his family. 
    Luc was ordained a priest on June 29, 1861. He was very successful in his work as an assistant pastor, but his desire to become a missionary did not vanish. He sent a letter to his bishop asking to be released to become a missionary. The bishop gave him permission but told him to wait until June 1863, when his replacement would arrive. 
    In June 1863, Father Huin obtained permission to join the Paris Foreign Mission Society. He joined the Society in August 1863 and was assigned to Korea in June 1864. He left Paris on July 15, 1864, with nine other missionary priests. He and Fathers De Bretenieres, Beaulieu and Dorie arrived at Naepo, Korea on May 27, 1865, after a long, tiring voyage. Father Huin stayed in Naepo with Bishop Daveluy until June 18, and then he went to Sekori in Haptok. Father Huin was quickly accustomed to the Korean way of life. He was willing to make any sacrifices. He learned the Korean language so fast that he could already hear confessions and teach catechism in Korean by February 1866. The Korean Catholics were very happy to have him around. Father Huin heard more than 500 confessions, administered Extreme Unction to about 20 Catholics, and even performed the sacrament of matrimony for some couples. Before he was martyred, he said, "I am sorry to die, neither because I am still young nor because I have to die so miserably, but because I have to die having done nothing for the salvation of my dear Korean people." 
    Father Huin was arrested on March 12, 1866, and was sent to the Seoul prison with Bishop Daveluy and Father Aumaitre on March 19. He was severely interrogated and tortured in Seoul. Then, with Bishop Daveluy and Father Aumaitre, he was transferred to Galmaemot. Following Bishop Daveluy and Father Aumaitre, Father Huin was beheaded at last on March 30, 1866. He was 30 years old.

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No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 291722
89 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 35534
88 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 35564
87 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 35577
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 35590
85 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 35595
84 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 35611
83 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 35625
82 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 35628
81 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 35811
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 36217
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 37186
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 37252
77 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 37497
76 이 가타리나 Catharina Yi 37558
75 김성임 마르타 Martha Kim Song-im 37587



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