Pastor Leo Tibesar
"The Sunday liturgies," Friesen says, "emphasize the universal dimensions of our faith, including the way our pastor, Father Tibesar
, leads us in the prayers of the faithful that call us beyond our local or even national concerns to include people and circumstances around the world."
may have inherited his
missionary genes through his
namesake and relative on his
father's side, the late Maryknoll Father Leopold Tibesar.
was well known for his
mission work in Manchuria before World War II and in Japan afterwards.