Unlike many countries, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was introduced into Korea by lay people and not by priests or religious. St. Andrew Kim (1821 – 1846) was the first native Catholic Priest in Korea and he administered to Christians secretly in a time when the faith was not allowed there. Those who were caught were tortured and killed, and Father Kim was one of them. Together with St. Paul Chong Hasang and hundreds of other Korean Catholics, he was a martyr who gave his life to the Lord Jesus. St. Andrew Kim is the patron saint of Korean clergy. His feast day, together with the other Korean martyrs, is on 20 September.