Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Petrus Hong Pyong-ju


Hong Pyŏng-ju Peter (1798-1840) and Hong Yŏng-ju Paul (1801-1840)


Hong Pyŏng-ju Peter and Hong Yŏng-ju Paul were brothers. They were grandsons of Hong Nang-min martyred in 1801 and nephews of Hong Protasius who was martyred in 1839. They were descendents of a renowned family and lived in Sŏsan. They inherited their faith from their parents which enabled them to uphold the Catholic religion as well as to contribute a great deal to the Catholic Church in Korea.


Both of them were named catechists, and they showed enthusiasm and faithfulness in giving instructions to catechumens. They dedicated themselves to teaching catechism, taking care of sick people and to other charitable activities. Therefore, Fathers Maubant and Chastan admired their talents and zeal and gave them various important responsibilities.


They risked their lives to hide the foreign missionaries in their home during the persecution of 1839. The traitor Kim Yŏ-sang put them on the list of those to be arrested.


The Hong brothers were finally arrested. Their captors tried to force them to reveal the whereabouts of their fellow Catholics and to deny their faith, but they did not succumb to the demands. They did not reveal the location of their fellow Catholics. They were brought to the chief prosecutor, who happened to be one of their relatives. He did not want to torture them directly, and asked his men to torture them severely to make them give up their faith. Other inmates, robbers and murderers, beat Peter and Paul for the prosecutors. However, Peter and Paul remained steadfast in their faith.


Peter and Paul were taken to Tangkogae and were beheaded there. Peter was beheaded on January 31, 1840 with five other Catholics, and Paul was beheaded on February 1, 1840 with two other Catholics. Peter was 42 years old and Paul was 39 years old when they were martyred.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355332
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 41368
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 65244
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 43078
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 45684
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 43245
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 40817
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 41356
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 56132
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 37299
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 44633
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 34668
» 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 56882
62 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 46473
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 38359
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 45339

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