Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

Saint Kwon Chin-i Agatha (1820-1840)

Agatha Kwon Chin-i

 

    Kwon Chin-i Agatha was a daughter of a government official, Kwon and his wife, Han Magdalene, who was martyred on December 29, 1839. She was married when she was 12 or 13 years old. But Agatha lived with one of her relatives, because her husband was too poor to have a home. They had merely performed the marriage ceremony. 
    When the Chinese priest, Yu Pang-che Pacificus came to Korea, Agatha worked for him as a housekeeper. Agatha told the priest that she wanted to keep the virtue of virginity, and the priest had her marriage annulled so that she could be a virgin. Soon afterwards rumors began to spread about their relationship which were to do great harm to the Church. Because of this, when the French priest, Father Maubant arrived he had Father Yu sent bank to China. He also called Kwon Chin-i Agatha aside and awakened her to the situation she had helped create. As a result, the rumors which had disturbed the minds of the believers for many months began to subside. Agatha also realized how her actions had unwittingly caused a serious problem. She was repentant and determined to make up for it by offering herself as a martyr to God.
    Kwon Agatha was arrested with Yi Agatha and a servant girl on July 17, 1839. They were brought to a private house under surveillance of a guard. However they escaped with the help of the policemen and hid themselves in a Catholic home in Seoul. But the servant girl, who was captured first, told the captors where the two Agathas were staying, and they were arrested again. Many severe tortures could not make them deny their faith. 
    Kwon Agatha met her mother, Han Magdalene, in prison and they had their last conversation, looking forward to their eternal happiness in Heaven. 
    Agatha sent a letter to one of her friends. The letter was full of fervent affection and obedience to God's Will. This young Korean woman offered God more tears and more fragrant perfume than Mary Magdalene of Jesus' time.
    According to the government document (Sungjongwon Diary) the 21-year old Agatha was taken out to a place called Tangkogae near Seoul and beheaded there on January 31, 1840, with five other Catholics.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 285074
89 김아기 아가타 Agatha Kim A-gi 52127
88 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 52123
87 권득인 베드로 Petrus Kwon Tug-in 51546
» 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 51157
85 다블뤼 안토니오 Antonius Daveluy 51040
84 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 50874
83 최형 베드로 Petrus Choe Hyong 50738
82 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 49828
81 김대건 안드레아 Andreas Kim Tae-gon 49112
80 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 45157
79 이광헌 아우구스티노 Augustinus Yi Kwang-hon 44930
78 한재권 요셉 Ioseph Han Chae-kwon 42502
77 위앵 루카 Lucas Huin 42158
76 정문호 바르톨로메오 Bartholomeus Chong Mun-ho 41621
75 정국보 프로타시오 Protasius Chong Kuk-bo 41375



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