Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Saint John Baptist Yi Kwang-nyol (1795~1839)

Saint John Baptist Yi Kwang-nyol


    John Yi Kwang-nyol was a younger brother of the martyr Augustine Yi Kwang-hon. John became a Catholic with his elder brother. John was outstanding in honesty, enthusiasm and faith. Soon after he decided to become a Catholic, he was listed among the important Catholics who used to travel to Peking. John was baptized while he was in Peking. After his return home, he abstained every day, and he decided to lead a celibate life. His spiritual life was so outstanding that everybody admired him. John always wanted to be one with God.
    John was arrested on April 8, 1839. He was twisted and beaten with sticks. It was customary that for each interrogation an executor had to hit a criminal with the stick 30 times until each stick was broken. Therefore, for each interrogation 30 such sticks had to be ready. Whipping was done with flexible branches tied together and these could take the criminal's flesh off if he was hit hard enough.
    John endured all the pains and was determined to witness to his faith. He was supposed to be killed with his brother Augustine, but according to the old Korean law, two brothers could not be killed on the same day. So Augustine was killed first and John had to wait in prison. His words and deeds in prison impressed so many people.
    According to the government document Sungjungwon Diary, John was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on July 20, 1839, with seven other Catholics. He was 45 years old when he was crowned with martyrdom.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 357231
44 박봉손 막달레나 Magdalena Pak Pong-son 43598
43 랑페르 드 브르뜨니애르 유스토 Iustus Ranfer de Bretenières 43573
» 이광렬 요한 Ioannes B. Yi Kwang-nyol 43559
41 김 데레사 Teresia Kim 43548
40 조신철 가롤로 Carolus Cho Shin-chol 43545
39 이 바르바라 Barbara Yi 43545
38 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 43544
37 김장금 안나 Anna Kim Chang-gum 43542
36 김 바르바라 Barbara Kim 43540
35 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 43537
34 박큰아기 마리아 Maria Pak Kun-a-gi 43535
33 김성임 마르타 Martha Kim Song-im 43526
32 박아기 안나 Anna Pak A-gi 43520
31 김업이 막달레나 Magdalena Kim Ob-i 43516
30 김 루치아 Lucia Kim 43510

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