Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Stephanus Min Kuk-ka



Min Kŭk-ka Stephen (1788-1840)




   Min Kŭk-ka Stephen was a descendant of a noble family. He had a strong and warm personality. He was born to a non-Catholic family, and his mother died when he was quite young. He was baptized with his father and his brothers, and practiced his religion faithfully. He married a Catholic woman, but she died soon after the marriage. He did not want to remarry, but his friends persuaded him to take another Catholic wife. The second wife also died six or seven years later, and his daughter from the second wife died soon after.
   After that Stephen made his living by handcopying books. He was very devout and converted non-Catholics by his good example and teaching. Since he was named a catechist, he made greater efforts to teach people and to convert non-Catholics.
   Stephen was arrested at the end of the persecution. He was tortured and told to renounce his faith. His body was twisted and pricked with sharp objects. But he used to say: "I can never deny God, even if I am beaten ten thousand times. If you release me, I will not only continue to believe but also to spread the faith." They beat him more severely. He was beaten with a large club 40 times. He spent his days in prison persuading apostates to change their minds and profess their faith again.
   Catechist Min Stephen was taken out to the court again and beaten with a club 30 more times. A few days later he was strangled to death in Seoul on January 30, 1840. He was 53 years old.


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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 354861
» 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 41841
58 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 36659
57 김 데레사 Teresia Kim 42991
56 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 42156
55 고순이 바르바라 Barbara Ko Sun-i 43107
54 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 45155
53 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 42115
52 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 39065
51 조증이 바르바라 Barbara Cho Chung-i 42989
50 최창흡 베드로 Petrus Choe Chang-hub 57874
49 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 47221
48 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 74161
47 조 막달레나 Magdalena Cho 43142
46 이 가타리나 Catharina Yi 42679
45 김 루치아 Lucia Kim (Kopch’u) 43112

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