Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints




Ch'oe Ch'ang-hŭb Peter (1786-1840)

Ch'oe Ch'ang-hŭb Peter was a younger brother of Ch'oe John, martyred in 1801, and the husband of Son Magdalene, beheaded in 1840.

Peter was born about 1786 to a family of a government official. His father died when Peter was 13 years old. Shortly after his father's death, Peter began to study the Catholic doctrine, but he did not get baptized. Since he was separated from other Catholics during the persecution, he did not practice his religion well. In 1815, he started to associate with Catholics and learned his religion again. He had a warm personality and was well liked by others. During the persecution of 1801, he lost all his family property. In that poor situation, he married Son Magdalene, and raised eleven children. Nine of them died when they were young. In 1821, when cholera raged throughout the country and caused many deaths, Peter was baptized. After that time he observed all his religious obligations faithfully. When the missionaries came to Korea, Peter was listed as one of the most faithful Catholics. He used to say: "When I think of the sins I committed in my younger days, I feel I have to die for God to do penance and to save my soul."

Peter was arrested in June of 1839, and was interrogated and tortured. His body was twisted seven times and he was whipped, but he would not deny God and refused to reveal the whereabouts of his fellow Catholics. He was severely tortured even in the higher court, but he endured with courage. Just before Peter was taken out to the site of his execution, he asked a servant in prison to tell his imprisoned wife and daughter not to shed tears but to praise and thank God and follow him in martyrdom.

Peter was beheaded on December 29, 1839, outside the Small West Gate with six other Catholics. He was 53 years old when he was martyred.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 309383
89 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 36675
88 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36684
87 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36703
86 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 36705
85 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 36706
84 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36716
83 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 36730
82 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 36766
81 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 36779
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 38173
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 38241
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 38485
77 이 가타리나 Catharina Yi 38789
76 박봉손 막달레나 Magdalena Pak Pong-son 38826
75 이연희 마리아 Maria Yi Yon-hui 38844

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