Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Teresia Kim Im-i

 


Kim Im-i Theresa (1811-1846)

 

   Kim Theresa was one of the pious women who were arrested on July 10, 1846 at the home of Hyŏn Charles. Theresa was born in 1811 in Seoul of a Catholic family. From the time she was young, she loved to read the lives of saints and imitate their virtues. When she was 17, she decided to remain a virgin. She thought of nothing else but loving God and serving her neighbors, particularly those in mourning. She also used to take care of dying people.
   Theresa's relatives and friends suspected why she would not get married. In order to avoid the suspicion of others, she went into the princess' palace as a seamstress and spent three years there. Later she lived at the homes of her relatives or her friends, especially the home of Yi Mun-u John's foster mother.
   Theresa was very happy to work as a housekeeper for Father Kim Tae-gŏn Andrew in 1845. She seemed to expect another persecution and to welcome it. She once told her sister that if Father Kim were arrested she would follow him even unto death. She told her sister not to expect to live long in the world.
   The day before she was arrested, she went to her sister's home. Her sister asked Theresa to stay with her overnight. Theresa said that she had to go to Hyŏn Charles' new home to discuss important matters with the Catholic leaders. She left, and that was it. She was arrested on July 10, 1846.
   Kim Theresa, U Susanna, Yi Agatha and Chŏng Catherine were arrested together, and they spent more than two months in prison. They all showed good examples of patience, love and humility while they were in prison. Of the four, Kim Theresa was by far the most courageous and encouraged the others to be steadfast in their faith. The document of the government (S
ŭngjŏngwŏn Diary) stated that they would not deny their faith despite severe interrogations and tortures. On September 20, 1846, all four women and three others were either beaten or strangled to death, becoming glorious martyrs. Theresa was 36 years old when she was martyred.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 296850
» 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 36132
88 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 36137
87 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 36158
86 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 36191
85 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 36203
84 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 36227
83 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 36256
82 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 36332
81 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 36342
80 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 36914
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 37687
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 37872
77 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 38223
76 이연희 마리아 Maria Yi Yon-hui 38295
75 김로사 Rosa Kim 38301



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