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…links below…










14 January 2017

39 years of wedded bliss!

… to the best husband in the whole wide world! By His Grace!



December 2016 forward…

A pesky & persistent medical challenge is now mine to maze through…by His Grace!

Thank God for my ‘Medical Resource Book’ with Medical Profile/Log and Medication Log, etc. categories! This walk

will just sharpen my skills for continuing to teach The Book to others who are so much

more ill and hurting.

May God bless them all.


January 2017

AND, my laptop up’ed and died of pure fatigue; spent

6 weeks eventually changing over to a new one while reading, journaling, thinking…getting healthy again!

Wonderful! Now back to the desk! AND, my website is also being revamped!  

God Bless Ms. Renee for all!!!


14 February 2017

Surprised my sweet spouse of 39 years…Mass and

Dinner at the Retreat Center joined by my sister and husband! What a lovely way

to spend time in His presence and with each other.

Valentine’s Day!


16 February 2017

We three amigas cantored Mass in the  nursing home

co-owned by our favorite first cousin in Lafayette, LA! Fr. Donald Pelous, our

teacher and friend of old was Celebrant then off to lunch! Afterwards a visit with a

another former teacher! Always look forward to this special day!


19 February 2017

Attended a meeting of the Orchid Society! Have

always wanted to see and hear about this most interesting of God’s eye for the

most delicate! The botanical names are plain fascinating

and their beauty is Light itself!


21 February 2017

German Heritage Museum invitation to become a

Board Member and, of course, said yes!! First meeting with the best of

people and ideas galore in such a sacred space!

German Heritage Museum


07 March 2017

Drive ‘Ms. Renee’ to Grand Lake High School

… teaching of the A.C.T.S. preparatory lessons to many, many  students! I visit  

with genealogist/cousin  Beverly Delaney whose heart is in calling all in Cameron

Parish by name; especially ‘our people!’


12 March 2017

#2 meeting of the German Heritage Museum

Board and I have my Wiring Diagram in a Binder all ready to go!!

Invited first cousin, Wayne Hensgens, to come and see!



17-19 March 2017

Members of ‘Faith Renewal’ weekend in

Lake Arthur utilizes Arthur Avenue for rest and prayer/3 women of God.




22 March 2017

Catholic Diocesan Television Taping

Airing:   May & June 2017


‘Lead, Kindly Light!’

Final airing post 27 years!!


27 March 2017

Renee and I spend hours at the German Heritage

Museum, Roberts Cove, LA to work the Hensgens Family Reunion Data, etc…!!!

Love working in this sacred place!



31 March 2017

The Germanfest Folklife Singers Committee meets 

for lunch to work on the rehearsal schedule, songs, performance times…

spending wonderful time together planning for our

dear Singers!


5-7 April 2017

A Directed Private Retreat

on Arthur Avenue with a Spiritual Dir.

 arriving for 3 sessions.

 By His Grace!


24 April 2017

My daddy’s 100th Birthday on a Monday morning

which he would have loved heading off to work; “back to the salt mines” he would

have said!



30 April 2017

18th JHensgens Family Reunion, Roberts Cove!

Host Family ~ Nicholas Anthony Hensgens/Deshotels/118


19th   Reunion in 2019 in Lake Arthur!!


01 May 2017

Proceeding to go through one Binder at a time mining

them for publishing. Also color coding so as to disperse in 2029 sending to five

locations & my ‘Archival Special Collection1’



02 May 2017

Two friends of old are visiting kin and friends!

We were together in the Washington, D.C. area and spent many a good time in that

glorious Capitol. An ‘Arthur Avenue Heritage Tour’ #46 

& lunch at ‘The Regatta’ were so enjoyed.


15 May 2017

Attended first meeting with the ‘No. 1 Ladies Hiking

Club’ along with my retired military husband who has hiked a few miles in his

36 year career! Listened to tales of The Camino, Spain.

Still thinking about walking it!


In process …

Handing up CSPH Heritage Center (Jan.2003-15 August 2017).

which has been an honor to work with a wonderful team in creating the Center!

Will work as Consultant.

And, more CSPH Heritage

Ministry on the way!


02 June 2017

German Heritage Museum-To teach a

‘Heritage Workshop’ for 1. Organizing a Family Reunion, 2. Ordering

ancestral archival paper and data/7



07 June 2017

American Press Feature Writer on Arthur Ave.

for a Heritage Tour #47  and subsequent feature article. Also, another feature

About Teaching Heritage! What does that look like?!?!

Printed 25 June 2017!


11 June 2017

Final airing of ‘Lead, Kindly Light’ segment on

diocesan television,,,27 years later and 480 wonderful people in the Lord’s 

vineyard as His hands, feet, heart and mind! Thank you,

Father for the opportunity to serve!


25 June 2017

American Press feature article and pics of Arthur

Avenue/Mom and Dad in the ‘Life at Home’ section. Rita LeBleu wrote to

an interesting way to track one’s Family Tree quoting

 Renee Reina and Constance Victoria!!!


19-20 July 2017

CSPHospital Heritage Ctr.

Selections for the exhibit in

Historic City Hall in commendation to the medical contributions all in celebration ~ 

The 150th Birthday of the Incorporation of Lake Charles

as a City!


24 July 2017

Our son is 35 and

tomorrow my husband will be 81!




31 July 2017

My daddy’s 32nd anniversary of death.

Miss his way, wisdom, smile and voice!




11 August 2017

# 6 Facilitated Spiritual Faculty Retreat Day,

Sacred Heart Catholic School, Ville Platte, LA held at Mother of the Redeemer  

Monastery in Plaisance! What a privilege!/60. What a grand

and respectful group!


13 August 2017

#3 German Heritage Museum Board mgting,

Roberts Cove, LA…wonderful agenda for creative ideas, to do list for Germanfest,

etc…great, talented and caring people all! Real workers!



15 August 2017

Forward movement in the ‘Heritage Center’

at CSPHospital by ‘handing up’ the Center to a two ladies who have the heart

and passion for all things heritage. Twas an honor and

Privilege to put her together and serve.


18 August 2017

A Day of Reflection for the dear feature writer

who compiled and composed the June article on Arthur Avenue – ‘The

Spirituality of Time Management!’



23 August 2017

Opening Mass for Our Lady Immaculate Catholic

School, Jennings, LA … new principal Rebecca Chapman-Brantley…a special

friend of old!! I have a special present for her!!



12 September 2017

Commenced attending monthly Knights of Columbus meetings

with my favorite husband, Vic and Constance! A rosary is offered, meal is served and the women head home!!




17 Sept. and 01 Oct. 2017

‘Germanfest Folk Singers’ rehearsal visiting people

along the way to and from! We attend Mass throughout the Diocese of Laf/LC

7th year as Director and so very grateful to the singers!



22 Sept. 2017

Taught the Medical Resource Book’ to the

Brothers of Mother of the Redeemer Monastery, Plaisance, LA/5

Medical Resource Book



29 Sept. 2017

Opening of the 150 Birthday of Lake Charles

Exhibit, Historic City Hall to include artifacts and memorabilia from the

‘Heritage Center’, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hosp.



7 & 8 October 2017

22nd Germanfest in Roberts Cove, LA!!

Anticipating mucho happenings!

Seventh year directing ‘Germanfest Folk Singers’/34. Third year presenting the ‘St.

Leo IV’ Church Tour From The Pew’/54 Saturday



10-17 October 2017

Visit to Chapel Hill, NC and attending the

High Point Furniture Mart with my son! The Fall in NC is earthly perfection!




14 October 2017

Baby Shower to prepare and welcome our

Monlezun/Peters Baby into the world/15

Three generations in the home again tahing-tahing all!



24 October 2017

Return to Eucharistic Ministry at CSPHospital

after a 2.5 year sabbatical! Great to return being with the patients and associates.




27 October 2017

Power washed the graves in the ‘Monlezun

Neighborhood’, St. Anthony Cemetery in Lake Arthur, LA just in time for All Souls

Day 2017…all will have their faces washed and fresh

flowers to boot!


15 November 2017

Met to discuss “Voices of Daughters’ - an audio of

Catholic Daughters of Cameron Parish; their remembrance of Hurricane Rita and

the rebuilding of their churches and parish family!

To be executed in 2018!


17 November 2017

10th year as a Benedictine Oblate with Holy Angels

Convent, Jonesboro, AR! And, 136 years celebrating my Hensgens/Reiners

ancestors arrival in New Orleans, LA from Germany!

And, pick up ironing in Roberts Cove, LA!!!


24 November 2017

The day after Thanksgiving is the day that the

Christmas decorations are organized and placed throughout the house to seasonal

music especially Aaron Neville!! Renee takes care of

the tree every year, bless her heart!


28 November 2017

My dear mother’s 17th year of death. I miss her daily.

Ms. Marilyn Flavin invited RAR and I to lunch at the Pioneer Club celebrating our




03 Dec 2017

Our traditional ‘St. Nick’s’ at specified homes in

Roberts Cove, LA with the choir of St. Leo IV Catholic Church Parish &

w/ St. Nick, Little Black Peter AND Santa Claus…all in a

school bus! What a great time/8 homes places.


06 Dec 2017

Visit to German Heritage Museum for the visit of

St. Nickolas on this, his day! He visits with the children and tended by many! On to Sacred Heart School in Ville Platte to

work details of Place Based Heritage Education Day, a Silent Retreat and/or

Arthur Avenue Heritage Tour for wonderful children and adults!


December 2017

The parish priest of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic

Church parish was given a key to AAvenue for retreat…to discern, write

and be in the quiet! We are thrilled and so is he! He loves

the home!


12 Dec 2017

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Hitting my 70th year stride teaching ‘Silent Retreat


 all the years long!

Thank you, Father for Your will, way and wisdom.

10th year publishing: www.leadkindlylight.net


December 2017

Traditional ‘Christmas Family Gathering’ on

Arthur Avenue begun by our parents many, many years ago. We are 89 in #

not all are able to gather (!) but gather we do/69 adults (18

little ones!)


27 December 2017

Mom’s 96th Birthday!! Tis the date we take the ‘house

down’ post-Christmas and enjoy a slice of birthday cake…and gratefully remember.











January 2017: 



BUILT IN 1904:

‘The Lady’ is 113 YEARS OLD; our ancestral home of origin!


Link Categories: 


Silent Retreat Series:

1989 Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Commenced 1990-my home in Lake Charles and March 2000 to Arthur Avenue:


08 May 1990 to 23 October 2015 on Arthur Avenue only;


‘Speak A Word’:

Faculty Retreats & Spiritual Days

 07 May 1990 to

11 August 2017:



‘Silent RetreatCONNECT:



links now combined:


‘All Along The Way’ New Link:



‘Journals & Binders’

age 16 to 70!:


‘Arthur Avenue Heritage Tours’

10 February 2009 to 07 June 2017:



‘Place Based Heritage Education Day’

01 May 2009 to 04 November 2016:



Family ChronicleCONNECT:



Events on Arthur Avenue March 2001 to December 2017:



Number of persons through the home

03 March 2001 to 23 December 2017:

TOTALS of events, categories or participants:







Total - #701 Retreatants




#49 Silent Retreats – (#332 Retreatants)





#185 Events




 #09 not counting sub-links!


#06 not counting sub-links!


16 Main Documents now combined









#408 persons smiled thru the home!




 17 school visits, 5 different schools = #444 participants


 5 links, 10 Family Lineages









2,260 men, women and children! Wonderful!

03 January 2001 to 11 November 2017:

+16 years x 52 Fridays in a year = 832  days in the Home


+146 events in the home

(x 24 for we spend 2 days and one night for each event) =

3,504 glorious hours spent on Arthur Avenue…to date!





TOTAL Silent Retreats & ‘Speak A Word’:  849 persons hearing of ‘a way’ living the Dailiness of Prayer, Ordering the Home and Time Management with a Christian Perspective!





01 March 1995 to

22 September 2017

Medical Resource Books:

01 March 1995 to 22 Sept. 2017

Taught in Groups and given to  Individual:  1,428

Volunteer hours – 3 hours per person culminating to  teach = 4,284 hours                 

2018- to make the MRB interactive and upload on two new sites.



27 May  1990 to 11 June 2017

Lake Charles Catholic Diocesan Television

Segments May 1990 to June 2017:

‘Points of Interest’, ‘In His Image’, ‘From the Pew’, ‘Building Bridges’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light’!

#480 interviews

To contact, write and interview – 3 hours per 480 interviews = 1,440 hours handed up!

The Diocesan TV ‘Glad Tidings’ ended 25 June 2017 after 27 years interviewing!


March 2001 to March 2015

15 years serving as ‘Eucharistic Minister’ CHRISTUS St. Patrick

Hospital Dept. of Pastoral Care and tending The Heritage Center est. 2003 to Spring 2015…on leave!

 24 October 2017 returned to the Dept. of Spiritual Care.’ Forward!

Handed up the
‘Heritage Center!’

15 August 2017


7 & 8 October 2017

7th year directing Germanfest Folk Singers!...as well as…

4th year facilitating the ‘St. Leo IV Catholic Church Tour’ on Saturday and Sunday/#211 souls in attendance!

First year on German Heritage Board of Directors! Wonderful!



31 December 2015 – December 2017

Sabbatical in some ministries in order to focus on ‘Binders

Galore’ giving thought to ‘Silent RetreatCONNECT ’ and ‘HeritageCONNECT’ as well as preparing to publish a brand spanking

new updated website data program which is in process! (10th year publishing lkl.net 2007-2017!)

God bless Ms. Renee all the days of her life!



Discerning ‘Roberts Cove Heritage Theater’

bringing together

intergenerational folk for Germanfest, German Heritage Museum Tours, St. Nickolas for the children at The

Museum every year, etc…we shall see!



2018 forward

Discerning tying together all links & ministries

in story form’ from first memories to current date, all  in gratefulness,

as it will be ongoing, til, death do I part!!

Then all is digitized for the beyond!!