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.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 319577
14 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 37487
» 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 37182
12 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 36499
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 36272
10 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 34853
9 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 34512
8 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 34348
7 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 34299
6 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 33647
5 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 33626
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 33406
3 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 31842
2 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31829
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 30542

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