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 348082
14 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 39626
13 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 39520
12 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 39452
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 37980
10 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 37090
9 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 36924
8 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 36368
7 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 36010
6 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 35252
5 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 35214
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 34939
3 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 33479
2 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 33368
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 31965



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