Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Petrus Yu Chong-nyul


Yu Chŏng-nyul Peter (1836-1866)


   Catechist Yu Chŏng -nyul was born in 1836 at Nonje in Pyŏngyang. He became an orphan when he was a small boy. He was very poor, and he made his living by selling straw shoes. He had a very quick temper and treated his wife harshly. He was fond of gambling.
   Between 1863 and 1864 he learned of the Catholic religion. In 1864, when he was 28 years old, he went to Seoul and was baptized by Bishop Berneux and received the name Peter. After Baptism his life changed completely. He treated his wife kindly and gently. As a penance for his past harshness to his wife, he used to beat himself. He also stopped gambling. He led many people to the Catholic faith by his gentle and faithful life.
   In 1866, there was a rumor that there would be a persecution soon, but he lived and acted peacefully. On Lunar New Year's Day of 1866 he might have been inspired by the Holy Spirit, because he went around bidding farewell to his relatives. When he was visiting Kodunni mission station in the evening of the same day and praying with Catechist Chŏng Vincent and many other people, several policemen rushed into the mission building. Many Catholics escaped, but Yu Peter and Catechist Chŏng Vincent's nephew U Se-yong Alexius were arrested. Peter was happy for the chance to become a martyr. They were taken to Pyŏngyang and put in prison.
   The governor of Pyŏngyang let some apostates beat Peter with clubs. Those apostates who refused to beat Peter were beaten by the governor's men. Yu Peter was finally beaten to death on February 17, 1866 at the age of about 30. In order to make sure that he was dead, the governor had his men burn Peter's body. Five apostates then threw the body into the Taedong River. That night Peter's wife took his body out of the water and buried him in the family cemetery.
   Ten years later, in 1876, the governor ordered a stone monument to be erected by the river. Actually, this monument was to praise the governor for killing the Catholics but it became a proof of Peter's martyrdom. The monument is thought to be still standing in Pyŏngyang.


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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355258
104 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 33157
103 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 34638
102 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 34748
101 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 36195
100 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 36533
99 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 36784
98 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 37268
97 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 37647
96 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 38206
95 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 38318
94 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 39209
93 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 40798
92 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 41276
91 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 41308
90 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 41320

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