Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions -20 September

Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

– Korean martyrs (1821-1846)- Saint Kim Taegon Andrea is the first Korean-born Catholic priest; the patron saint of Korea- Saint Paul Chong Hasang was one of the first converts of Korea; a lay apostle; he wrote the first catechism for the Roman Catholic Church in Korea (entitled “Jugyo Yoji”)

Saint of the Day for September 20

(d. between 1839 – 1867)

This first native Korean priest was the son of Korean converts. His father, Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and was beatified in 1925. After Baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year he crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai and was ordained a priest. Back home again, he was assigned to arrange for more missionaries to enter by a water route that would elude the border patrol. He was arrested, tortured, and finally beheaded at the Han River near Seoul, the capital. Paul Chong Hasang was a lay apostle and married man, aged 45.[more]