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From the Arch, Volume 11,Venerable Janice Grinnell

Issue V


It is not too late to still wish all of you a Happy New Year – because although some of you have been here for J Term, most of you will be returning this weekend for the start of the Spring Semester and it will be your first appearance on campus in 2017.  There are many activities that are already in the works for this upcoming semester, and I am looking forward to seeing all of you.

We are entering a new era in the history of our country with the arrival of a new President.  There are many who are excited about this change that is occurring, and there are those who are distraught.  But one of my life lessons that I have learned is this: what we focus on becomes our reality.  What does this mean?  Simply put, if we embrace life with a positive outlook, we will have a positive attitude.  If we approach life with negative feelings, thoughts, and attitudes, we will become negative in all that we see and do.  It is difficult to learn to maintain an even keel in this world when events around us are not what we want them to be.  But we are the only ones who can change who we are and how we respond.  Having a positive attitude is not a Pollyanna way of living, it is a way of finding hope on a daily basis.  Focusing on that which is good, that which has integrity, that which is life-giving is in fact how we find peace and contentment – even in the midst of difficult situations.

We at St. Augustine’s are here to help you navigate through your time at URI, and look forward to being with you on your journey.  So travel safely if you are not here, and know that we look forward to seeing you soon!

And know that God Blesses you and is with you always!


Free Cooking Classes with Ellen


February 9th, March 9th,

April 13th

St. Augustine’s is proud to introduce Ellen Perkins.  Ellen is a retired Executive Chef who is now engaged with us to offer Senior Lunches to our congregation and friends.  As part of this new program, Ellen would like to work with any students who would care to join her when she prepares these meals to receive free cooking lessons while helping her to prepare these meals.  You will be working with her in our commercially licensed kitchen; AND, you will be able to enjoy a free lunch as a result of your time with her.  The first lunch is February 9th and she needs two students to help from 10:30 – 1:30.  This will include setup and cleanup as well as cooking lessons.  She will be preparing two soups, Cape Cod salad made with Salad greens,dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, Gorgonzola cheese,and a Citrus Apple vinaigrette .


Jan Grinnell @ or text  401-965-1550 with name and your interest in participating in this wonderful opportunity!

MLK Week on Campus


February 6 – 10



URI offers a week of various opportunities for each of us to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King through lectures, a Unity Luncheon,  and other programs. Details of the weeks schedule will be available shortly after you return to campus.  Stay tuned for another mailing that provides this important information.

 Canterbury Club sponsored

Snow Tubing – Yagoo Valley


February 11th

We are planning a snow tubing excursion to Yawgoo Valley.  This will hopefully be Friday evening, February 11th.  We would leave from St. A’s at 12:15 pm for a 1:00 – 2:00 pm tubing.  After the snow tubing, we will go to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Old North Road to peel potatoes for one of the local shelters, and then have pizza.  This is still in the planning stages, but we need to get a count of who might be interested in going.  Please contact Jan at or text at 401-965-1550.

Canterbury Club Peel and Pizza


February 11th 3:00 pm

Join the Canterbury Club and folks from St. A’s in peeling potatoes to help provide breakfast for the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church breakfast on February 12th that feeds 300 mostly homeless folks. These will be made into home fries the next morning.  It takes at least 5 people,and can be up to 8 or 9.   We will spend about two hours to peel and dice about 100 lbs of potatoes at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd followed by pizza

  February 15th


Feed a Friend – Mardi Gras

Join us on February 15th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM for our FREE with NO STRINGS attached Mardi Gras Feed a Friend.  We will be offering our famous home cooked meal.  The menu is still be crafted by our volunteers, but will be as delicious as ever.  Please note that we also include vegetarian and vegan options.  Come and bring a friend to share this special meal as you settle into your Spring Semester. 

Feed A Friend 2016-17

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper


February 28th 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Come and join St. Augustine’s in celebrating Shrove Tuesday (last day before Lent) with a FREE pancake supper!  This is like a bonus Feed a Friend!  Actually, it is the 4th anniversary of the initiation of our idea to host Feed a Friend meals for students on campus. So, come to celebrate and share good food and good fellowship!

Student Gatherings with Jan at DD in the Union

I am always looking for someone to share a cookie or cup of coffee with me on campus!  I try to come to the Student Union and sit outside the Dunkin Donuts at least one or two times a week.  So if you are interested in sitting and talking about anything or everything that is on your mind, please connect with me to set up an appointment!  My contact information:

Text: 401-965-1550


So come alone, or bring along some new friends for me to meet!


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