Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Magdalena Han Yong-i


Han Yŏng-i (Magdalene)



Han Yŏng-i Magdalene was the mother of Kwŏn Chin-i Agatha. When Magdalene was young, she married Kwŏn Chin, a scholarly government official belonging to a noble family. Kwŏn became a Catholic when he reached middle age, and he also had his wife Magdalene become a Catholic. He was baptized on his deathbed and asked his wife Magdalene to live as a Catholic for ever. After that, Magdalene lived a very poor but very devout life. Although she was very poor, she didn't complain but thanked God for her poor life.
Magdalene's daughter, Kwŏn Chin-i Agatha, came with her friend, Yi Agatha, to live with her mother. The three women lived together fervently, practicing their faith and doing many acts of mortifications.
Magdalene was accused by an apostate and was arrested on July 17, 1839, together with her daughter Agatha and the daughter's friend. Magdalene was put in one prison, but her daughter Agatha and two other women were put in a neighboring prison under guard. The traitor, Kim Yo?sang, tempted Kwŏn Agatha to be his mistress, but she wouldn't listen to him. She was released by the police who had pity on her youth and beauty. The policemen who helped Kim Yŏ-sang were punished by the government. Later Agatha and two other women were arrested again.
Meanwhile, Magdalene was being severely tortured. She was twisted and beaten, but her faith and courage persevered. She was calmly and peacefully waiting for the glorious crown of martyrdom.
She was finally beheaded on December 29, 1839, outside the Small West Gate with six other Catholics. She was 56 years old.


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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 332021
59 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 38648
58 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 34004
57 김 데레사 Teresia Kim 40473
56 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 39564
55 고순이 바르바라 Barbara Ko Sun-i 40380
54 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 42564
53 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39858
» 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 36782
51 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 40349
50 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 55244
49 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 44346
48 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 70399
47 조 막달레나 Magdalena Cho 40614
46 이 가타리나 Catharina Yi 40372
45 김 루치아 Lucia Kim (Kopch’u) 40467

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