Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Saint Pak Chong-won Augustine (1793-1840)

Saint Pak Chong-won Augustine



    Pak Chong-won Augustine was the husband of the martyr, Ko Barbara. He was born in Seoul. He had a warm personality, was kind and an excellent scholar. He was also an able man.
    Since he lost his father when he was still young, he had to live in poverty, but he didn't complain. He was loyal to his mother, and performed his duties faithfully. He married Ko Barbara. He was very charitable. He taught and encouraged Catholics as well as catechumens. He baptized many children in danger of death. He used to say: "As Jesus loved me, I have to love Him. As He suffered for me, I have to suffer." He had an ardent desire to be a martyr. 
    Augustine tried to advise others to correct their faults. He showed sorrow on his face when he saw someone in a sinful state. But his manner of doing these things was so kind that people were not offended. People used to say: "We have never seen Augustine getting angry." Augustine took the initiative in difficult situations. He made great efforts to introduce missionaries into Korea. His talent and virture were acknowledged by Bishop Imbert, who appointed him a catechist. Augustine performed his duties as a catechist admirably.
    When the persecution broke out, Augustine left his home and continued to take care of his fellow Catholics, particularly those in prison, for eight months. He was finally arrested on October 26, 1839. He was interrogated and tortured many times and so severely that he couldn't move his arms and legs, but he showed no sign of his agony. His flesh was torn apart, but he was happy to suffer for God.
    According to the government report, Augustine explained Heaven and Hell clearly and refused to offer sacrifices to his ancestors.
    Augustine was taken out to Tang-kogae near Seoul, and was beheaded there with five other Catholics on January 31, 1840, at the age of 48.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355258
74 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 47357
73 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 47207
» 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 46451
71 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 46064
70 정하상 바오로 Paulus Chong Ha-sang 45974
69 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 45823
68 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 45668
67 이정희 바르바라 Barbara Yi Chong-hui 45397
66 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 45321
65 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 45320
64 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 45256
63 전장운 요한 Ioannes B. Chon Chang-un 45073
62 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 44619
61 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 44525
60 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 44361

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