Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints

 

St. Perpetua Hong Kum-ju (1804-1839)

St. Perpetua Hong Kum-ju

 

    Perpetua Hong Kum-ju was born outside the city of Seoul. She was a powerful woman in character, intelligence, manner and language. She grew up in the home of her grandmother. She married a pagan man at the age of 15 but  managed somehow to practice her religion. Her husband died early, and she left her husband's home with her son and lived in Minari-kol. Her son also died soon after. The owner of the house where she stayed, Philip Choe, taught her the catechism anew, and Perpetua prayed so fervently that she frequently wept during her prayers. People admired her charitable activities and said that she helped others like a servant.
    Perpetua used to say: "I want a red garment, because I want to be a martyr." She was arrested, and was tortured and commanded to deny God and reveal the hiding places of the Catholics. But she did not even moan. The policemen twisted her legs, and then stripped her and hung her from the prison ceiling to beat her, but she remained calm. Three days later she was sent to the higher court and severely beaten on her legs on three occasions, but she did not succumb to the judges. She almost died of fever in prison, but she recovered very quickly and served the other inmates unselfishly. Everybody in prison regarded her as their elder sister.
    Perpetua was beheaded outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839, at the age of 36 with eight other Catholics.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 355258
13 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 63724
12 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 65227
11 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 65746
10 손선지 베드로 Petrus Son Son-ji 65901
9 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 68152
8 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 68681
7 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 68754
6 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 70024
5 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 70818
4 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 74267
3 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 77821
2 오매뜨르 베드로 Petrus Aumaître 82407
1 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 82664



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