Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Ludovicus Beaulieu

Saint Bernard Louis Beaulieu, Priest (1840-1866)

Bernard Louis Beaulieu was born on October 8, 1840 in Langon, France, the son of a 19-year old mother. His father had died five months after the marriage. His mother was a very devout woman and dedicated her son to the Blessed Mother. She later married Mr. M. Dufour, a  widower  and the father of a daughter, for the purpose of giving an education to her son.

Young Louis started to serve as an altar boy at the age of seven. His teacher recommended him for the minor seminary in Bordeaux in October of 1849. He met a missionary who had worked in Sutchen, China for a long time, and began to dream of becoming a missionary in a foreign land.

In 1857, Beaulieu entered the major seminary in Bordeaux. While he was studying there, he lost one of his best friends, Amelien Virac, and also his mother on November 7, 1858. These tragedies helped Beaulieu to make up his mind to become a missionary.

Beaulieu had to wait for four more years  before  he  became a  missionary. His spiritual director and the archbishop of Bordeaux did not easily grant him permission. At that time Beaulieu had not reached the canonical age for ordination. While he was waiting to be ordained,  he  taught  in  a  local  minor seminary. In March of 1863, he was very sick of pneumonia and his desire to become a missionary seemed to vanish. But after his archbishop gave him permission to become a missionary, Beaulieu recovered from the illness.

Despite the opposition of his uncle, who was like his own father, Beaulieu entered the seminary of the Paris Foreign Mission Society on August 27, 1863, and finally was ordained a priest on May 21, 1864. He was assigned to Korea on June 15, 1864.

He left France on July 15, 1864, and arrived in Korea on May 27, 1865. He was welcomed by Bishop Berneux. The bishop sent all young missioneries to mountain villages in order to avoid danger. Father Beaulieu was sent to a village near Father Dorie. They met each other frequently for confessions. When they traveled, they went at night in the Korean mourning costumes which covered their whole bodies and faces. They also encouraged each other to be faithful to the Lord in their ministry.

Father Beaulieu could speak Korean well, so Bishop Berneux decided to send him to Kwangju, southeast of Seoul. But Father Beaulieu was arrested on February 27, 1866, before he could leave for his destination. After severe tortures and sufferings he and the other missionaries were beheaded at Saenamt'o on March 7, 1866. Father Beaulieu was 26 years old when he was martyred.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 354080
14 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 41011
13 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 41011
12 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 40516
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 38922
10 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 38020
9 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 37912
8 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 37359
7 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 36984
6 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 36496
5 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 36233
» 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 35884
3 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 34468
2 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 34345
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 32865

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