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 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Saint Sebastianus Nam I-gwan (1780~1839)


Saint Sebastianus Nam I-gwan


    Sebastianus Nam I-gwan was born into a noble family. His parents became Catholic at the end of the 18th century. His mother died when he was still young. His father was arrested in 1801 and died in exile. Sebastianus was about 20 years old at that time. While he was in exile in Danseong, Gyeongsang Province, he got married. He was not baptized yet, and he could recite only the Our Father and Hail Mary. Since he had no children, he took a concubine without knowing that it was wrong. At the age of 40, when he was very ill, he was baptized and let the concubine go. A few years later he was released from exile and went to Uiju with Paulus Chong Ha-sang and his group to bring Chinese Father Yu to Korea. Sebastianus became Father Yu's assistant and let him stay in his house.
    At the beginning of the persecution, Catechist Sebastianus left Seoul for the countryside for some unknown reason. According to witnesses he was too well known to evade arrest. He was preparing himself in prayer for the trials of prison. He was arrested in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province. An apostate reported his hiding place to the police and led a group of policemen to arrest him. The police chief tortured him and demanded that he give up his religion, but Sebastianus did not budge. He was twisted and beaten during three different interrogations.
    Just before he was taken out for execution, he asked one of the guards of the women's prison to tell his wife that he would go first and wait for her in Heaven. Sebastianus was beheaded with eight other Catholics outside the Small West Gate on September 26, 1839. He was 60 years old when he became a martyr.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 317922
14 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 37360
13 민극가 스테파노 Stephanus Min Kuk-ka 37037
12 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 36361
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 36184
10 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 34780
9 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 34427
8 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 34213
7 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 34202
6 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 33547
5 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 33527
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 33335
3 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 31753
» 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 31751
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 30456

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