Saint Andrew Kim Taegon

Saint Andrew Kim TaegonAlso known as

  • Andrew Kim
  • Andreas Kim Tae-Gon
  • Andeurea Gim Dae-Geon



Born to the Korean nobility; his parents were converts to Christianity, and his father was martyred. Andrew was baptized at age 15, then travelled 1,300 miles to the nearest seminary in Macao, China. While still in seminary, he travelled back to Korea to work in the missions, travelling with Saint Marie-Nicolas-Antoine Daveluy. Ordained in Shanghai on 17 August 1845 by Bishop Jean-Joseph-Jean-Baptiste Ferréol who was en route to Korea as its new Vicar Apostolic. Father Andrew became the first native Korean priest, and the first priest to die for the faith in Korea. Leader of the Martyrs of Korea.








The Korean Church is unique because it was founded entirely by laypeople. This fledgling Church, so young and yet so strong in faith, withstood wave after wave of fierce persecution. Thus, in less than a century, it could boast of 10,000 martyrs. The death of these many martyrs became the leaven of the Church and led to today’s splendid flowering of the Church in Korea. Even today their undying spirit sustains the Christians of the Church of Silence in the north of this tragically divided land. Pope John Paul II at the canonization of Andrew in 1984

O God, You have created all nations and You are their salvation. In the land of Korea Your call to Catholic faith formed a people of adoption, whose growth You nurtured by the blood of Andrew, Paul and their companions. Through their martyrdom and their intercession grant us strength that we too may remain faithful to your commandments even until death. Amen.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Andrew Kim Taegon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2020. Web. 15 June 2021. <>