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 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

St. Ignatius Kim Che-jun (1796-1839)

St. Ignatius Kim Che-jun

 

    Ignatius Kim Che-jun was a grandson of Pius Kim Chin-hu, who was martyred in 1814, and the father of Father Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean priest, who was martyred in 1846. Ignatius led a very devout Catholic life as long as he lived. When his son was selected by the missionaries to be sent to Macao to study for the priesthood, Ignatius realized the danger that his whole family might face by sending one of the family members abroad. It was a brave action on the part of Ignatius.
    Ignatius was accused by one of his sons-in-law and was arrested by a group of police led by the traitor Kim Yo-sang. According to a witness, Ignatius was strong enough to resist several men, but he allowed himself to be arrested with no resistance.
    Ignatius was treated as a criminal against the state, not only because he was a Catholic himself, but because he allowed his son Andrew to go to Macao against the state law. Witnesses do not say what kind of tortures he received, but he must have undergone much more cruel tortures than others. Ignatius denied his religion under the tremendous, overpowering tortures. Despite the fact that he denied his religion, he was not released from prison, because his crime of having allowed his son to go abroad could not be forgiven.
    The Catholics around him in prison tried to convince Ignatius that he would never be released even if he denied his religion. They persuaded him to change his mind, withdraw his apostasy and profess his faith again to the government officials.
    The Apostle Peter denied the Lord three times, but he repented. Ignatius too rose again and went on to die as a martyr. He appealed to the higher court and withdrew his apostasy. He was severely beaten on three occasions, but this time Ignatius was strong and courageous.
    Ignatius received the crown of martyrdom. He was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839, with eight fellow Catholics. He was 44 years old when he was beheaded.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 297276
89 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 36176
88 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 36177
87 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36201
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 36245
85 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36263
84 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 36313
83 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 36339
82 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 36377
81 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36395
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 36983
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 37751
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 37931
77 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38268
76 김로사 Rosa Kim 38365
75 우세영 알렉시오 Alexius U Se-yong 38372



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