Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


St. Perpetua Hong Kum-ju (1804-1839)

St. Perpetua Hong Kum-ju


    Perpetua Hong Kum-ju was born outside the city of Seoul. She was a powerful woman in character, intelligence, manner and language. She grew up in the home of her grandmother. She married a pagan man at the age of 15 but  managed somehow to practice her religion. Her husband died early, and she left her husband's home with her son and lived in Minari-kol. Her son also died soon after. The owner of the house where she stayed, Philip Choe, taught her the catechism anew, and Perpetua prayed so fervently that she frequently wept during her prayers. People admired her charitable activities and said that she helped others like a servant.
    Perpetua used to say: "I want a red garment, because I want to be a martyr." She was arrested, and was tortured and commanded to deny God and reveal the hiding places of the Catholics. But she did not even moan. The policemen twisted her legs, and then stripped her and hung her from the prison ceiling to beat her, but she remained calm. Three days later she was sent to the higher court and severely beaten on her legs on three occasions, but she did not succumb to the judges. She almost died of fever in prison, but she recovered very quickly and served the other inmates unselfishly. Everybody in prison regarded her as their elder sister.
    Perpetua was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839, at the age of 36 with eight other Catholics.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 314627
89 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 37106
88 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37113
87 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 37117
86 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37146
85 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37175
84 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37200
83 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37205
82 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37256
81 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37258
80 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 38629
79 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 38681
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39049
77 김로사 Rosa Kim 39328
76 한아기 바르바라 Barbara Han A-gi 39393
75 고순이 바르바라 Barbara Ko Sun-i 39408

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