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 Views
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355103
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 41311
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 65176
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 43025
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 45631
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 43229
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 40720
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 41290
» 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 56079
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 37190
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 44589
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 34571
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 56822
62 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 46415
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 38215
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 45279

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