Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Won Kwi-im Maria (1819-1839)


 Won Kwi-im Maria


    Won Kwi-im Maria was born in 1819 in Yongmori, Kyuanggun. She lost her mother when she was a child, and followed her father, who wandered around begging for food. When she was nine years old, one of her relatives, Won Lucia, who was a very devout Catholic, took her and taught her prayers and the catechism. She also taught Maria embroidery for her lifelihood. Maria was very intelligent, genial and pious. Her aunt was proud of Maria's devotion and faithfulness. Maria was baptized at the age of 15. Soon after that she received an offer of marriage. But she refused to be married because she wanted to offer herself to God. The next year she put her hair up in a style which indicated that she was a married woman.
    Maria was accused of being a Catholic by a neighbor and was arrested. She looked a little discouraged when she first was put in prison. But she thought that everything was according to God's Will, and regained her usual peacefulness. 
    Mary was interrogated by the police chief.
    "Are you a Catholic?"
    "Yes, I am, as you say."
    "Deny God, and you will be saved."
    "I want to worship God and save my soul. If I have to die, I would rather die for God to save my soul."
    Maria's legs were twisted and she was beaten with a cudgel. Many of her bones were dislocated, but her faith was not shaken.
    According to the government document Sungjongwon Diary, Maria and seven other Catholics were beheaded outside the Small West Gate on July 20th, 1839. Maria was 22 years old, when she was crowned with martyrdom.
    She was beatified on July 25th, 1925 and canonized on May 6th, 1984 at Yoido, Seoul, by Pope John PaulI.

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No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 319391
74 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 43815
73 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 43299
72 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 43098
71 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 42674
70 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 42494
69 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 42063
68 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 41799
67 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 41743
66 정하상 바오로 Paulus Chong Ha-sang 41455
65 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 41432
64 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 41422
63 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 41407
62 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 41399
61 이정희 바르바라 Barbara Yi Chong-hui 41396
» 원귀임 마리아 Maria Won Kwi-im 41373

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