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 Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 296713
89 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 36115
88 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36127
» 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36141
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 36177
85 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 36188
84 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36194
83 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 36236
82 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 36318
81 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36333
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 36901
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 37674
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 37857
77 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38206
76 이연희 마리아 Maria Yi Yon-hui 38254
75 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 38279



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