Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Laurentius Han I-hyong



Han I-Hyŏng Laurence (+1846)


Han I-Hyŏng Laurence was born to a noble family in Doksan in Ch'ungch'ŏng Province. He had a strong character and a spirit of self-sacrifice. He studied catechism when he was 14 years old. A few weeks later Laurence became a very devout Catholic. He spent many hours in front of a crucifix meditating and repenting his past sins. Every Sunday and on all holy days of obligation he went to the mission chapel four kilometers away for prayer, regardless of bad weather. During Lent he fasted everyday. When he was 21 years old, he married a Catholic woman and lived in a remote rural area near Yangji.
He was very good not only to God but also to his neighbors, particularly poor ones. He fed poor people in his home and gave them his own clothes. He used to say that God would reward him for his acts of charity.
Bishop Imbert made him a catechist. He was well qualified for the post in knowledge, virtue and good example. He fulfilled his duty satisfactorily.
After Father Kim Andrew was arrested, the captors tried to arrest the Catholics connected with him. Han Laurence was arrested accidentally. He was ridiculed and severely beaten. The captors stripped him naked and hung him from the ceiling. Then they beat him cruelly, commanding him to deny his faith and to reveal the whereabouts of his fellow Catholics. Laurence refused to do so. His captors bound his legs, put broken glass and dishes between his feet, and sawed them with a thick rope, but Laurence endured all the pains admirably. Even his enemies praised him very highly. On his way to Seoul, he refused the horse offered by his captors. He walked the 52 kilometers of rough road with bare feet because of the wounds in his feet.
According to the government record (Sŭngjŏngwŏn Diary), Han Laurence and four women were severely tortured but refused to give up their conviction. They were beaten to death on September 20, 1846. It is possible that Laurence could have been strangled, because, according to the testimony of Archbishop Mutel, they were originally sentenced to be beaten to death, but if they didn't die immediately, they were actually strangled to death. Laurence was 48 years old when he was martyred.

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No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 331587
74 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 44450
73 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 44309
72 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 43632
71 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 43617
70 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 43022
69 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 42998
68 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 42811
67 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 42756
66 이정희 바르바라 Barbara Yi Chong-hui 42566
65 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 42519
64 정하상 바오로 Paulus Chong Ha-sang 42507
63 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 42495
62 전장운 요한 Ioannes B. Chon Chang-un 42419
61 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 41933
60 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 41904

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