St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon and Companions
Patron Saint of Korean Clergy
Son of Korean converts who were martyred during the persecution of 1839 (and beatified in 1925), Andrew Kim Tae-gon was baptized at fifteen.
He traveled thirteen hundred miles to the seminary in Macao, China, and was ordained to the priesthood six years later.
He traveled back to his home and became involved in smuggling missionaries into the country to spread Christianity.
During the year 1846, he was arrested with Paul Chong Ha-sang and their companions, and they were all tortured prior to being beheaded for his beliefs.