Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Antonius Kim Song-u


Kim Sŏng-u Anthony (1794-1841)



Kim Sŏng-u Anthony was born in 1794 and lived in Kusan in Kyŏnggi Province. He was honest and generous and known to be rich. According to a witness, Anthony was a man of warm personality and generosity and he was respected even by non-Catholics. His great grandchildren, like their grandfather, were later widely respected in their home village.
Anthony and his relatives heard about the Catholic religion, and they all became believers. Finally his whole village became Catholic.
After his mother died, he moved to Seoul and lived outside the East Gate. His two younger brothers remained in Kusan and both of them were arrested. The older one, Augustine. died in prison in May of 1841 at the age of 43 and the second one suffered in prison for a long time. After his wife died, he remarried another very devout Catholic woman.
After the missionaries came to Korea, Anthony provided a small chapel in his house, where Father Maubant offered Mass quite frequently.
At the end of 1839 a traitor accused Anthony to the government and the whole family was arrested and sent to prison in January of 1840. He was severely tortured. To the police chief, who demanded that he deny his faith, he said that he would die as a Catholic. Even in prison he acted normally, as if he were at home. He didn't express any desire to be released. Even non-Catholic inmates liked him and two pagan inmates were instructed and baptized by him.
By the end of April of 1841 he was interrogated and tortured again. On April 29, 1841, he was strangled to death at the age of 47. He had been in prison for 15 months. His body was brought home and solemnly buried in Kusan, and transferred to the Major Seminary in Yongsan (in Seoul) in 1927. His remains are now preserved in Kusan Martyrs' Shrine.


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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 356521
74 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 41694
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 65485
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 43357
» 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 45889
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 43470
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 40983
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 41721
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 56357
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 37460
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 44829
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 34835
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 57116
62 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 46665
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 38512
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 45534

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