Initially, Sister nursed in our different Homes of Compassion and then worked in Tonga for a period where she was involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry. In recent years Sister has worked in the Compassion Soup Kitchen here in Wellington, where she has enjoyed working with volunteers. Sister Telesia has a presence and looks very matriarchal. In 2021 Sister Telesia was honoured in November 2021 with the Benemerenti medal, awarded by Pope Francis for services to the Catholic Church.