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Guadeloupe: Pioneers, Quote re: Pioneers travel teachers Quote re: travel teachers and Events,  1965 to  1977


Complied by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988, revised 1991, October. 1994: March 2010, July 2011, September 2012

Note: data in brackets  or parenthesis is the sources:  see source page for details  SOURCES


PIO: 1965: As of June to July 1969: Mr. & Mrs. Jean Desert  Jean Dessert Martinique & family from Haiti, (USA pioneer) to Point-a-Pitre:  Note; Mr. Jean Desert is the only one listed in US records. Newsletter reports both. [NL/03.b;AF/01.a]

PIO: 1965: As of June; Sidney Friday from British Guiana [NL/03.b] __________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1970: May-December; Jean Sablon, from Haiti {USA PIO.} __________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1972: September. to July '1973; William Allan Hurt, USA,  [AF/01.a]

PIO: 1972: December. to September. 1973; Dr. John & Charlotte Yates,  John Yates Family USA[AF/01.a] __________________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1973: January; Charles 1975 Charles Fitzsimmons & Betty Fitzsimmons, Canada, listed as US  pioneers, via Antigua [PF/25-04aEstall] Later to St. Barthelemy  and then Martinique {from Daniel Caillaud}

PIO: 1973: July-May 1975; Patricia Truit 1975 Patricia Pruit pioneer to French Islands, USA [AF/01.a] ____________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1974: ??/??; Stanley & Florence Bagley, Florence Bagley USA, to Pointe-a-Pitre [AF/01.a] Later to St. Barthelemy and then Martinique {from Daniel Caillaud} 

PIO: 1974: ??; Daniel Caillaud, Daniel Cailaud to peioneer Guadeloupe Canada. ___________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1975: January-September; James & Patricia Habegger, Patty & Jim Habegger Guadeloupe USA to Pointe-a-Pitre .[AF/01.a]first to Guadeloupe , later to Martinique (when?)  {from Daniel Caillaud}

PIO: 1975: November to May 3, 1976 Nancy Hart & Gale Burland [PF/25-0.5] ___________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1976: April 6, Robert Hanevold, Bob Hanevold USA [PF/25-0.5]

PIO: 1976: May 3-26, Elizabeth Asbury, Canada [PF/25-0.5  _______________________________________________________________________________________

1977?  Pat and Cam Dodds from Canada in Guadeloupe and Marie Galante island. {from Daniel Caillaud}

PIO:  1978, 3 March - December 1979: Arrived Pointe-a-Pitre as travel teacher, later staying in Saint Anne.

PIO: 1979 -1984: Saturday, 13 January  Mama Bahâ’i ­ arrived Pointe-a-Pitre - returned as pioneer.

Note:  Mama Baha'i in STL 2 Mama Bahá'í was a descendant of Mirza Muhammad-Quli, the faithful half-brother and  companion in exile of Bahâ’u’llah [From Office of Pioneering Canada] ______________________________________________________________________________________

1979: Micaela Fox, m. Charles Fitzsimmons - Martinique  {from Daniel Caillaud}

1979: Dorothy Scott Dorothy Scott -Guadloupe 

1979: October to June 1991: Farhad and Michelle Arbab Farhad, Michelle and baby, Sandra arrived in Guadeloupe in October 1979: left in June 1991;

1979: September to 1980: Mrs Monavar Arbab (Farhad's mother) arrived in Guadeloupe in September  and passed away in Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe) in September 1987.  (from Farad and Michelle Arbab)

1979-1980 - other Persian family, stayed a few months only. ?????  (from Daniel Caillaud) 



1977: 31 October to 4 November: Dr. Sirus Homayun

1978: February: Roya Kamran

1978: 25 March to 1 April: Dr. Sirus Homayun

1980: 19 March to 26 October: Dr. Sirus Homayun

1980: December, Michael and Chris Day, New Zealand


Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly

NSA = National Spiritual Assembly 

1965: As of June; First pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Jean Desert and Sidney Friday have arrived.  Two declarations reported shortly afterward. [NL/03.b] 1965 Jean Desert in Guad with first group - Guad __________________________________________________________________________________

1966: April; Rídvan message calls for formation of NSA OF LWVI in April, 1967 [NL/03.g]

1966: April; LSA elected in Pointe-a-Pitre. [check location]  [NL/03.g]____________________________________________________________________________________

1967: Early; 13 members hold Feasts, firesides, Wed/Sat. LSA meets once a month [NL/03.j]

1967: May, June ?; Early believer; Clement Angelique, Pointe-a-Pitre

1967: August. ?: Early believer; Joseph ??? [NL/21.c]

1967: September. Sign with principles posted on Jean Desert's door receives much attention. L/21d ____________________________________________________________________________________

Note: the photos below , of events, have no further information, any given to me will be appreciated!

1974 St. Thomas - Estall, H Deuschle -_a

1974: L to R: Roland and Vivian Estall, Hedy Deuschle


1973: 2nd Left: Darlene Hodge 3rd. Right: Terry Madison


L to R: Magda Smith, Francis Foss, Ethel  Harris,.... 


 Pauline Paul,  Bill Nedden,  Alan Smith.....


NSA Meets in Guadeloupe

1975 Guadeloupe Narl Conv LVI_a

1975: National Convention

1977: April 22-24: Formation of 1st NSA of French Antilles,   Dr. Varqa, UHJ representative.


Left to Right: Daniel Caillaud, Florence Bagley, Dr. 'Ali Muhammad Varqa

CBC  Rowland Estall.  Talks were given by Guy Martail, Lea Nys, Francis Griffith on history of French  Islands (was this session taped?) Friday, 22nd the national Hazira was dedicated, 48 rue Francois, ARAGO, Pointe-a-Pitre [pr/5c]


Hand of the Cause Varqa far Left

1978: 25 March to 1 April: Dr. Sirus Homayun: Firesides, Deepenings and a radio and television interview was held during this visit. On the afternoon of the first day, the 3 daughters of Mrs. Gary enrolled.

1980: 19 March to 26 October: Dr. Sirus Homayun: Firesides, Public Meetings,  Deepenings, with a radio interview lasting 30 minutes on the subject “ Status of Women in Iran”. Also an article for the newspaper “War, Economy and the Baha’i Faith.”


1984 First National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Guadeloupe  


Back row Left to Right: Robert Hanevold,  Darlene Hodge,  Marian Barnes,  Daniel Caillaud,  Allan Fuller

  First row: Left to Right:  Aurel Andre,  Florence Bagley,  Barbara Guy,  Jose Saint Prix

Marie Galante: 1967 to 1983

Marie Galante

NOTE: Marie Galante is an island just south of Guadeloupe and a goal of the Nine Year Plan.

1967: May/June?, Received visits from Point-a-Pitre ,Guadeloupe believers, good interest shown  [is this the first Bahá'í  visit to the island?, check it][NL/21.b]

 1967: November. First believer; Miss Ermite Joseph [NL/21.d,pg.11]____________________________________________________________________________________

1968: March. 2nd. Bahá'í, Gustave Janvier (transferring from Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe),[NL?21.f]

 1968: August. Enrollment listed, but no name given. [NL/21.h]____________________________________________________________________________________

 TT : 1983: November 2 days, Linda O'Neil, Canada [PF/25-0.6]

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NOTE: My goal  was to trace the growth and development of the Faith in the islands  from their beginnings, as far as I could find, up to the  formation of  each ones own National Spiritual Assembly.

This document is neither exhaustive nor definitive, we learn as we go, but  what I have can be added to or changed as necessary.

Hopefully, I can put this material into a form which, through the medium of oral  history, will breathe the life into the bare facts and statistics.  I   feel that it is our stories and impressions and feelings that help to  convey the enormous process that is taking place in the Baha’ˇ' World   during this period of development. I am only sorry that it was not done  earlier, we have lost so many stories already.

I truly appreciate all the help given to me in this research and can only hope it is helpful to others.

  PP... November 1994

8 June 2012

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