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.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 362344
89 우세영 알렉시오 Alexius U Se-yong 44496
88 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 43017
87 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 61897
86 전장운 요한 Ioannes B. Chon Chang-un 46319
85 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 39453
84 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 37400
83 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 43113
82 랑페르 드 브르뜨니애르 유스토 Iustus Ranfer de Bretenières 44525
81 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 44520
80 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 71358
» 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 44559
78 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 46469
77 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 43115
76 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 37772
75 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 43166

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