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'Missionary' celebrates 70 years of religious life

By Rose Ybarra
The Valley Catholic

SAN BENITO — "Each morning before I begin my day, I spend a few moments reflecting on the symbol that is uniquely ours as Sisters of Divine Providence," said Sister Zita Telkamp, who wears a silver necklace bearing this emblem as a sign of commitment to her religious community’s charisms.

"The design represents the earth enclosed in an open trefoil, which is a symbol for the Triune God we call Providence," the Sister of Divine Providence website explains. "God’s Providence is made visible through acts of justice and compassion and through an inclusive, hospitable presence."

Pictured: Sister Zita Telkamp of the Sisters of Divine Providence, program director for La Posada Providencia in San Benito, was recognized by Bishop Daniel E. Flores for 70 years of religious life at the annual Mass for World Day for Consecrated Life February 10, 2019, at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine.