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St. Eustatius: Pioneers,Quote re: Pioneers and Pioneering, Travel Teachers,Quote re: travel teachers, and Events;  1966-1990


Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1991; revised October 1994, March 2010, July 2011



TT :=travel teacher from outside the national area;

TTP:=travel teacher and pioneer from within the national area;

TTL:=West Indian travel teacher;

HND:=Hand of the Cause of God;

CBC:=member of the Continental Board of Counsellors; ABM:=Auxiliary Board Member;

NSA:=member of a national spiritual assembly.

 Note:  Data shown in parenthesis  [  ] is my data source:  see source page for details in link  SOURCES


PIO: ?? : Hope Hubbert, Canada


PIO: 1984: November, Mary Ruth Jeffries, USA [PF/25-0.6]


PIO: 86: March, William & Marjorie Richter, USA [PF/25-0.6]


TT : 1966: August 1-3; Francis Foss, USA, [NL/03.g]


TTP: 1969: Summer: Pat Paccassi


TT : 1973: February or March. Elizabeth Thomas [PF/25-ALP-NTC]

TTL: 1975: July/August, several days, Marilyn Phillips [PF/25-0.5]


TTs: 1977: December 15-January 15, 2 weeks, Elizabeth & David Thomas [PF/25-0.5]


ABM: 1978: July 1-4, Shirley Mather, St. Thomas [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1978: January-June???, Elizabeth Thomas, USA [PF/25-0.5]



Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991 & November 94, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: listed below are the NSA's who were responsible for the Leeward Islands and the dates the responsibility was assigned:


1953 South America/North America;

1957 Greater Antilles;

1962 Dominican Republic;

*1964 United States;

1967 Leeward, Windward & Virgin Islands;

1972 Leeward & Virgin Islands;

1981 Leeward Islands;

1991 West Leeward Islands.

*=First time listed specifically instead of being included as part of a larger grouping; i.e. "Leeward Islands"

Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly

NSA = National Spiritual Assembly


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

1966: May-June; Opening mentioned at USA National Convention [NL/03.g]

1966: August. Yolanda Maxwell reports 2 new Bahá'ís. [NL/03.h].


1967: Early; O. T. Sheldon serves as sports director, representing the Bahá'í Faith, for the Island, supervising 1960 youth.[NL/21.b]

1967: Late: O.T. Shelton is asked to be the Bahá'í speaker on a panel discussion  held at the Methodist Church; Subject: Christian Citizenship and  "The Use of Leisure", based on the teachings of their faith. [NL/21.e]


1969: Summer: Patricia Paccassi teaches and visits homes of believers.

1969 St Eustacis_a

Marcella Francis with  Patricia Paccassi


1980: SA 7-12: St. Martin TV show seen here [PF/25-0.5]

1987: April: ??? William Richter has 15 minute radio program, 7:20 am  Monday thru Friday, on station PJE-3 [PF/25-0.6]


1988: ??: Meeting held  here, (but for what or why???)

1988 -circa- St. Eustacisjpg_a


1990: April: newsletter sent out regularly with upcoming activities, and keeps friends informed Feasts & Holy days, along with quotations  from the Writings [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 Assembly.  As 1991 was the formation of the first NSA of the West Leeward Islands and information is available from this time on in St. Eustatius, I am using it  as the cutoff date for this research document. The following years will  be done by other researchers.

This document is neither exhaustive nor definitive, we learn as we go, but  what I have, and/or discover, will be passed onto each national office.

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 Bahá'í 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

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