San Benito nun among 41 vying in on-line vote for $50,000

The Catholic Extension issues the Lumen Christi Award every year

A nun from San Benito is among 41 Catholics from across the United States vying for a $50,000 grant to improve their community.

The Catholic Extension is holding on-line voting for the Lumen Christi Award.

Voting ends on Friday, April 5th with the winner getting $25,000 dollars and their nominating diocese gets another $25,000 dollars.

Sister Zita Telkamp with the La Posada Providencia immigrant shelter just outside San Benito is among the nominees.

The San Benito nun works with asylum-seekers who come from all over the world fleeing from political oppression, natural disasters, poverty and more.

According to the Catholic extension website, Sister Telkamp offers more than a roof and a meal. She offers a real community based on Christian love.

Volunteers and staff make it their goal to treat every guest like family as they begin the long process of integration into American culture.

Click here to vote for Sister Zita Telkamp