Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Saint Kwon Tug-in Peter (1805~1839)

Saint Kwon Tug-in Peter


    Kwon Tug-in Peter was born in 1805 in Seoul, to a Catholic family. When he was a child, he lost his father. His mother, who had been a devout Catholic, died when he was 16 years old. His mother's good example made him a wonderful Catholic. He used to get up even before the first cock crows and pray until daybreak. He was known to be kind to everybody.
    After his mother died, he married. He first worked at his brother's herb shop, but later he had a small business for his livelihood. He was poor, but he did not complain. After he moved to another place, he made crucifixes and holy medals not only for his livelihood but also for church expenses.
    When the persecution started in 1839, he was arrested with his family on January 16. Peter showed his rosary to the captors in order to tell them that he and his family were all Catholics. Thus they became the first family to be arrested during the persecution of 1839. Bishop Imbert, who was near Suwon, was informed about the arrest and returned to Seoul to console and encourage the discouraged Catholics.
    They were investigated and tortured in various ways. Peter's wife and his brother-in-law, who could not endure the tortures, denied their faith and were released. Peter, who was still in prison, wrote them to change their minds. According to the testimony of his daughter-in-law, Yi Agatha, his wife acknowledged the mistake of her apostasy and repented.
    Peter was very severely interrogated by the police chief.
    "Why do you believe the Catholic religion?"
    "We all must thank God, who is the Creator of angels, men and all things that exist on earth. Everybody must worship Him."
    "Reveal the names of your fellow Catholics."
    "I cannot do it because my religion teaches not to do any harm to others."
    Peter was tortured severely, and the police chief ordered Peter's fellow inmates to beat him. They beat Peter so badly that he was almost dead twice. According to a record of the Criminal Court, one of the reasons for his death sentence was the fact that Peter made and sold religious articles.
    Peter was finally beheaded outside the Small West Gate on May 24, 1839, at the age of 35, with eight other Catholics. It is said that his face had a mysterious smile even after his head was cut off.

 

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 309380
89 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 54966
88 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 54065
» 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 53942
86 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 53540
85 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 52931
84 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 52717
83 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 52455
82 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 51895
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 50985
80 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 46235
79 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 46162
78 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 44202
77 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 44177
76 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 43899
75 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 43798



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