St. Jerome named Patron Saint of the “Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center” @DLIFLC

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 10.16.16This 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!

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  1. Ellen says:

    St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians too.

  2. Stephanus83 says:

    Cool news. I learned Russian there three years ago. I also learned lots about Saint Junipero Serra while I was stationed there.

  3. Philmont237 says:

    They just posted a longer article that is not just a Flickr post. It turns out that the Melkite-Greek Catholic priest who led the ceremony is a faculty member.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    This is excellent.

    Hmm…here’s a draft of a letter I might write.

    From: Semper Gumby, Commander, Amphibious Mess-Kit Repair Battalion

    To: Secretary of Defense James Mattis

    Via: Commandant of the Marine Corps

    Subj: Patron Saints

    Ref: Pres. Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

    1. The naming of St. Jerome as Patron Saint of DLIFLC on 11 Sep 2017 is a welcome development, improving the morale and welfare of all officers and men. To reference Pres. Lincoln, this development can only lead to the further progress of our arms.

    2. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds- by naming two Saints as co-patrons of Meals Ready to Eat. Nominated on 14 Sep 2017 are St. Hildegard (nutritious chow) and St. Anthony of the Desert (bacon!).

    Respectfully submitted,
    Semper Gumby

  5. Obumbrabit says:

    My grandfather Louis Oven who emigrated from Slovenia in the 1940’s worked there for a time.

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