Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints



Marcus Chong Ui-bae



Chŏng Ŭi-bae Mark (1794-1866)


    Catechist Chŏng Ŭi-bae Mark was born in 1794 in Gyeonggi Province of a noble family who despised Catholics. Mark finished studying for the government examination and was teaching children. He married, but his wife soon died, and Mark lived for many years as a widower with no children. In 1839, he happened to see Bishop Imbert and Fathers Maubant and Chastan being martyred. Mark, who had thought that the Catholic religion was a heresy, was surprised to see the missionaries dying with such great joy. He began to read some Catholic books, and became convinced that being a Catholic would help him be a better man. He went to Seoul to be baptized. Bishop Ferreol, who came into Korea in 1845, made him a catechist. Catechist Mark performed his duties so faithfully until his death that Bishop Daveluy declared that he was a living saint, and Bishop Berneux said that he would be happy to be in Heaven together with Catechist Mark. Mark used to lead the Catholics and catechumens well and take care of sick people and orphans. He led a poor life intentionally with his second wife P'i Catherine. Since they had no children, they adopted their nephew P'i Paul, who taught Korean to Father Breteni뢳es, while he was staying in their house. 
    Catechist Mark always practiced his religion faithfully and his will was very strong. Everyone around him loved and respected him. He always preferred being martyred to dying at home. Father De Breteni뢳es used to praise his devout attitude at Mass in front of the people.
    When the persecution broke out, Mark helped others escape but he himself did not escape. When he was arrested on February 25, 1866, he showed great joy. He was then 72 years old. He spent a few days in prison with four French missionaries. After severe tortures, he was beheaded at Saenamteo on March 11, 1866.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 318267
14 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 37386
13 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 37064
» 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 36386
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 36201
10 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 34792
9 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 34447
8 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 34228
7 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 34226
6 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 33575
5 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 33547
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 33350
3 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 31778
2 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31774
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 30476

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