Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Magdalena Han Yong-i


Han Yŏng-i (Magdalene)



Han Yŏng-i Magdalene was the mother of Kwŏn Chin-i Agatha. When Magdalene was young, she married Kwŏn Chin, a scholarly government official belonging to a noble family. Kwŏn became a Catholic when he reached middle age, and he also had his wife Magdalene become a Catholic. He was baptized on his deathbed and asked his wife Magdalene to live as a Catholic for ever. After that, Magdalene lived a very poor but very devout life. Although she was very poor, she didn't complain but thanked God for her poor life.
Magdalene's daughter, Kwŏn Chin-i Agatha, came with her friend, Yi Agatha, to live with her mother. The three women lived together fervently, practicing their faith and doing many acts of mortifications.
Magdalene was accused by an apostate and was arrested on July 17, 1839, together with her daughter Agatha and the daughter's friend. Magdalene was put in one prison, but her daughter Agatha and two other women were put in a neighboring prison under guard. The traitor, Kim Yo?sang, tempted Kwŏn Agatha to be his mistress, but she wouldn't listen to him. She was released by the police who had pity on her youth and beauty. The policemen who helped Kim Yŏ-sang were punished by the government. Later Agatha and two other women were arrested again.
Meanwhile, Magdalene was being severely tortured. She was twisted and beaten, but her faith and courage persevered. She was calmly and peacefully waiting for the glorious crown of martyrdom.
She was finally beheaded on December 29, 1839, outside the Small West Gate with six other Catholics. She was 56 years old.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 363066
14 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 43235
13 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 43140
12 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 42143
» 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 40528
10 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 39606
9 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 39578
8 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 38994
7 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 38579
6 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 38154
5 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 37891
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 37525
3 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 36096
2 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 36001
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 34434

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