Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Catharina Chong Chor-yom


Chŏng Ch'ŏl-yŏm (Catharina)


Chŏng Catharina was arrested with three other women at the home of Hyŏn Charles on July 10, 1846. Catharine was born of a servant woman. Some say that she was baptized in infancy, others that she became a Catholic when she was 16 or 18 years old. Her character was genial, but her heart was very courageous.
When she was 20 years old, her master tried to force her to take part in the superstitious winter solstice ceremony, but Catharine refused to participate. Her master, in anger, bound her arms behind her and held her over a fire. Later she was dragged out and beaten until she fainted. The same thing happened again the following spring. The wounds on her body always showed. Her face was pale and she could not do hard work.
After her wounds healed, she came up to Hanyang and hid herself in a Catholic home. She later became a housekeeper for Father Kim in 1845. Catharine was arrested with U Susanna, Kim Theresa and Yi Agatha on July 10, 1846. According to the document of the government, the pious women were tortured severely but none of them would deny their religion.
They were in prison for over two months. September 20, 1846, was a glorious day for the seven martyrs. According to the government document, they were severely interrogated and tortured and their bodies were twisted, but they would not deny their faith. Therefore, they were either beaten or strangled to death. Catharine was 30 years old, when she was martyred.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 319104
89 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 37493
88 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37498
87 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37540
86 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37542
85 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37555
84 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37611
83 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37630
82 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37650
81 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37662
» 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 39088
79 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 39169
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39416
77 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 39796
76 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 39825
75 앵베르 라우렌시오 Laurentius Imbert 39834

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