Telesforus Jenti was born in Lela, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia, on April 6, 1960. He entered the Carmelite novitiate in Batu on July 20, 1983. In 1984 he started his study on philosophy and theology in Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology in Malang. He had his simple profession on July 14, 1985. On August 5, 1990 he proclaimed his solemn profession. He, then, continued his study and finished it in 1991. In the same year on September 21, he was ordained as a Carmelite priest. mengikrarkan kaul perdana pada tanggal 14 Juli 1985 dan kaul kekal pada tanggal 5 Agustus 1990. His first assignment was as the assistant to the parish priest of Curahjati, East Java. After several years working there, he was transferred to Malang and became the parish priest of Kayutangan Malang. His next ministry was as the parish priest of Tidar Malang and the parish priest of Batu. In 2009 he was elected as the commissary of the East Indonesia Provincial Commissariat. For this he moved to Nita Maumere Flores. He hold that position for three years and reelected in 2012. In 2016 upon finishing his task as the commissary, he was assigned as the coordinator of the provincial commissariat.