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 362962
14 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 43199
13 정의배 마르코 Marcus Chong Ui-bae 43096
12 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 42107
11 한영이 막달레나 Magdalena Han Yong-i 40491
10 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 39571
9 남종삼 요한 Ioannes B. Nam Chong-sam 39541
8 이매임 데레사 Teresia Yi Mae-im 38955
7 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 38543
6 이 아가타 Agatha Yi 38117
5 임치백 요셉 Ioseph Im Chi-baeg 37861
4 볼리외 루도비코 Ludovicus Beaulieu 37490
3 남이관 세바스티아노 Sebastianus Nam I-gwan 36050
2 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 35969
1 장성집 요셉 Ioseph Chang Song-jib 34404

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