Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Stephanus Min Kuk-ka



Min Kŭk-ka Stephen (1788-1840)




   Min Kŭk-ka Stephen was a descendant of a noble family. He had a strong and warm personality. He was born to a non-Catholic family, and his mother died when he was quite young. He was baptized with his father and his brothers, and practiced his religion faithfully. He married a Catholic woman, but she died soon after the marriage. He did not want to remarry, but his friends persuaded him to take another Catholic wife. The second wife also died six or seven years later, and his daughter from the second wife died soon after.
   After that Stephen made his living by handcopying books. He was very devout and converted non-Catholics by his good example and teaching. Since he was named a catechist, he made greater efforts to teach people and to convert non-Catholics.
   Stephen was arrested at the end of the persecution. He was tortured and told to renounce his faith. His body was twisted and pricked with sharp objects. But he used to say: "I can never deny God, even if I am beaten ten thousand times. If you release me, I will not only continue to believe but also to spread the faith." They beat him more severely. He was beaten with a large club 40 times. He spent his days in prison persuading apostates to change their minds and profess their faith again.
   Catechist Min Stephen was taken out to the court again and beaten with a club 30 more times. A few days later he was strangled to death in Seoul on January 30, 1840. He was 53 years old.


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No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 356399
103 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 82948
102 오매뜨르 베드로 Petrus Aumaître 82658
101 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 78080
100 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 74540
99 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 71075
98 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 70251
97 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 69044
96 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 68939
95 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 68399
94 손선지 베드로 Petrus Son Son-ji 66217
93 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 66020
92 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 65471
91 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 63941
90 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 63617

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