Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

 

Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam

 

 

Nam Chong-sam (John Baptist)

 


Nam Chong-sam John was born in Cheongju in 1812. He was a nephew and an adopted son of Nam Sang-gyo Augustine, a high ranking government official. Nam Augustine refused to continue working for the government because he thought it was not good for his life of faith. Nam John, however, was anxious to be a high official of the government. At the age of 26, he passed the examination of Hongmungwan Kyori, and at the age of 39 he became the governor of the coastal area facing the Japanese coast.
It was difficult for a Catholic to be a government official. Nam John was supposed to take part in or sponsor superstitious ceremonies required by the government. He also had to attend Kisaeng parties. All these things were not good for a life of faith, but John could not leave the government position because he had to support his many relatives. He tried to keep away from superstitious ceremonies and to live according to his faith and conscience as much as possible. He also tried to help poor people. After a few years, however, John resigned from his position as a regional governor, returned to his home and taught foreign missionaries the Korean language.
In 1863, his financial situation became difficult again, and he went to Seoul and became the king's Sungji, the teacher of the Chinese literature for the children of high ranking ministers of the government. Because of this he had frequent occasions to meet the Lord Regent.
In 1866, a Russian ship invaded Hamgyong Province. Everybody in the government was upset and didn't know what to do. The government officials thought that the French or English in Peking might be able to expel the Russians. The Lord Regent's wife, Min-ssi, a great friend of the Catholics, suggested that some French missionaries who were already in the country could be contacted through Sungji Nam Chong-sam. The Lord Regent asked Nam John to bring Bishop Berneux to the royal palace so that he could influence the French people in Peking.
When John was looking for Bishop Berneux, the bishop was in Pyongyang. When the bishop returned to Seoul, the Russians had already left. This incident backfired and created an occasion for a persecution. High government officials who were displeased because Catholic influence infiltrated the royal palace strongly urged the Lord Regent to resume the persecution.
Nam Chong-sam John was arrested on March 1, 1866, and was imprisoned. After suffering much from torture, he was sentenced to death and was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on March 7, 1866. He died calling out the names of Jesus and Mary. John was 50 years old when he was gloriously martyred.

 

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 294929
89 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 53438
88 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 52662
87 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 52422
86 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 51807
85 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 51733
84 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 51708
83 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 51641
82 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 50630
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 50099
80 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 45562
79 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 45335
78 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 43170
77 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 42860
76 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 42849
75 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 42496



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