Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Teresia Kim Im-i


Kim Im-i Theresa (1811-1846)


   Kim Theresa was one of the pious women who were arrested on July 10, 1846 at the home of Hyŏn Charles. Theresa was born in 1811 in Seoul of a Catholic family. From the time she was young, she loved to read the lives of saints and imitate their virtues. When she was 17, she decided to remain a virgin. She thought of nothing else but loving God and serving her neighbors, particularly those in mourning. She also used to take care of dying people.
   Theresa's relatives and friends suspected why she would not get married. In order to avoid the suspicion of others, she went into the princess' palace as a seamstress and spent three years there. Later she lived at the homes of her relatives or her friends, especially the home of Yi Mun-u John's foster mother.
   Theresa was very happy to work as a housekeeper for Father Kim Tae-gŏn Andrew in 1845. She seemed to expect another persecution and to welcome it. She once told her sister that if Father Kim were arrested she would follow him even unto death. She told her sister not to expect to live long in the world.
   The day before she was arrested, she went to her sister's home. Her sister asked Theresa to stay with her overnight. Theresa said that she had to go to Hyŏn Charles' new home to discuss important matters with the Catholic leaders. She left, and that was it. She was arrested on July 10, 1846.
   Kim Theresa, U Susanna, Yi Agatha and Chŏng Catherine were arrested together, and they spent more than two months in prison. They all showed good examples of patience, love and humility while they were in prison. Of the four, Kim Theresa was by far the most courageous and encouraged the others to be steadfast in their faith. The document of the government (S
ŭngjŏngwŏn Diary) stated that they would not deny their faith despite severe interrogations and tortures. On September 20, 1846, all four women and three others were either beaten or strangled to death, becoming glorious martyrs. Theresa was 36 years old when she was martyred.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 317918
29 김 바르바라 Barbara Kim 39729
28 베르뇌 시므온 Simeon Berneux 39727
27 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39351
26 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 39069
25 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 38989
24 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37612
23 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37581
22 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37580
21 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37546
20 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37485
19 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37469
» 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37453
17 홍금주 페르페투아 Perpetua Hong Kum-ju 37416
16 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 37404
15 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 37398

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