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Saint Sebastianus Nam I-gwan (1780~1839)


Saint Sebastianus Nam I-gwan


    Sebastianus Nam I-gwan was born into a noble family. His parents became Catholic at the end of the 18th century. His mother died when he was still young. His father was arrested in 1801 and died in exile. Sebastianus was about 20 years old at that time. While he was in exile in Danseong, Gyeongsang Province, he got married. He was not baptized yet, and he could recite only the Our Father and Hail Mary. Since he had no children, he took a concubine without knowing that it was wrong. At the age of 40, when he was very ill, he was baptized and let the concubine go. A few years later he was released from exile and went to Uiju with Paulus Chong Ha-sang and his group to bring Chinese Father Yu to Korea. Sebastianus became Father Yu's assistant and let him stay in his house.
    At the beginning of the persecution, Catechist Sebastianus left Seoul for the countryside for some unknown reason. According to witnesses he was too well known to evade arrest. He was preparing himself in prayer for the trials of prison. He was arrested in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province. An apostate reported his hiding place to the police and led a group of policemen to arrest him. The police chief tortured him and demanded that he give up his religion, but Sebastianus did not budge. He was twisted and beaten during three different interrogations.
    Just before he was taken out for execution, he asked one of the guards of the women's prison to tell his wife that he would go first and wait for her in Heaven. Sebastianus was beheaded with eight other Catholics outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839. He was 60 years old when he became a martyr.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 333026
44 김효임 골룸바 Columba Kim Hyo-im 60894
43 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 38097
42 박봉손 막달레나 Magdalena Pak Pong-son 40552
41 김제준 이냐시오 Ignatius Kim Che-jun 47242
40 조신철 가롤로 Carolus Cho Shin-chol 40707
39 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 44513
38 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 38161
» 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 32342
36 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 41999
35 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 62314
34 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 38160
33 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 64503
32 앵베르 라우렌시오 Laurentius Imbert 40485
31 최경환 프란치스코 Franciscus Choe Kyong-hwan 56660
30 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 43751

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