This is for your Just Too Cool file.
I’ve been informed that the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center has made St. Jerome their patron. HERE
During a humble ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey Chapel Sept. 11, St. Jerome, who lived from 347 to 420, became inducted as the patron saint of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
St. Jerome has been associated with writing, cataloging and translating works of history, biographies, and a biblical translation and is traditionally regarded as the most learned of the Latin Fathers. Therefore it is only fitting that he be chosen as the patron saint of linguists, according to Chaplain Maj. Chan Young Ham.
The tradition of patron saints as guardians over areas of life, to include occupations, dates back to as early as the fourth century. St. Michael, paratroopers, and St. Barbara, field artillery, are examples of military occupations that have previously inducted a patron saint.
I have a couple of friends who were sent there for language studies.
If they have a challenge coin, I’d be happy to make an exchange!