Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Saint Kwon Chin-i Agatha (1820-1840)

Agatha Kwon Chin-i


    Kwon Chin-i Agatha was a daughter of a government official, Kwon and his wife, Han Magdalene, who was martyred on December 29, 1839. She was married when she was 12 or 13 years old. But Agatha lived with one of her relatives, because her husband was too poor to have a home. They had merely performed the marriage ceremony. 
    When the Chinese priest, Yu Pang-che Pacificus came to Korea, Agatha worked for him as a housekeeper. Agatha told the priest that she wanted to keep the virtue of virginity, and the priest had her marriage annulled so that she could be a virgin. Soon afterwards rumors began to spread about their relationship which were to do great harm to the Church. Because of this, when the French priest, Father Maubant arrived he had Father Yu sent bank to China. He also called Kwon Chin-i Agatha aside and awakened her to the situation she had helped create. As a result, the rumors which had disturbed the minds of the believers for many months began to subside. Agatha also realized how her actions had unwittingly caused a serious problem. She was repentant and determined to make up for it by offering herself as a martyr to God.
    Kwon Agatha was arrested with Yi Agatha and a servant girl on July 17, 1839. They were brought to a private house under surveillance of a guard. However they escaped with the help of the policemen and hid themselves in a Catholic home in Seoul. But the servant girl, who was captured first, told the captors where the two Agathas were staying, and they were arrested again. Many severe tortures could not make them deny their faith. 
    Kwon Agatha met her mother, Han Magdalene, in prison and they had their last conversation, looking forward to their eternal happiness in Heaven. 
    Agatha sent a letter to one of her friends. The letter was full of fervent affection and obedience to God's Will. This young Korean woman offered God more tears and more fragrant perfume than Mary Magdalene of Jesus' time.
    According to the government document (Sungjongwon Diary) the 21-year old Agatha was taken out to a place called Tangkogae near Seoul and beheaded there on January 31, 1840, with five other Catholics.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 296890
89 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 53850
88 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 53096
87 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 52934
86 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 52293
85 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 52130
84 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 52023
» 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 51958
82 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 51023
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 50504
80 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 45689
79 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 45548
78 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 43478
77 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 43177
76 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 43089
75 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 42762

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