Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

St. Perpetua Hong Kum-ju (1804-1839)

St. Perpetua Hong Kum-ju

 

    Perpetua Hong Kum-ju was born outside the city of Seoul. She was a powerful woman in character, intelligence, manner and language. She grew up in the home of her grandmother. She married a pagan man at the age of 15 but  managed somehow to practice her religion. Her husband died early, and she left her husband's home with her son and lived in Minari-kol. Her son also died soon after. The owner of the house where she stayed, Philip Choe, taught her the catechism anew, and Perpetua prayed so fervently that she frequently wept during her prayers. People admired her charitable activities and said that she helped others like a servant.
    Perpetua used to say: "I want a red garment, because I want to be a martyr." She was arrested, and was tortured and commanded to deny God and reveal the hiding places of the Catholics. But she did not even moan. The policemen twisted her legs, and then stripped her and hung her from the prison ceiling to beat her, but she remained calm. Three days later she was sent to the higher court and severely beaten on her legs on three occasions, but she did not succumb to the judges. She almost died of fever in prison, but she recovered very quickly and served the other inmates unselfishly. Everybody in prison regarded her as their elder sister.
    Perpetua was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839, at the age of 36 with eight other Catholics.

List of Articles
No. Subject Views
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 310286
44 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 59574
» 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36762
42 박봉손 막달레나 Magdalena Pak Pong-son 38971
41 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 46244
40 조신철 가롤로 Carolus Cho Shin-chol 39181
39 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 42408
38 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36808
37 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31199
36 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 40538
35 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 60385
34 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36780
33 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 61583
32 앵베르 라우렌시오 Laurentius Imbert 39013
31 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 55074
30 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 42217



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