Stephen Weber, one of the original founders of Japan Mission, died in
Kobe, Japan, on June 15, 1994 at the age of 91. Born in France, Stephen,
the "Dean" of the Province served in the Marist Brothers'
China Province, then following the revolution, moved to Japan to open
a school. His local Superior, Brother Vincent Moriarty wrote to the
Stephen died in his sleep aster a long illness; he went peaceably to
God. Brother Ramon had visited him earlier in the afternoon, and Stephen
was alert at that time. He received wonderful care at both the nursing
home and hospital Himeji."
Marist Community in Japan Sector gathered for final prayers and distribution
of the cremated remains which will be buried at the FMS burial site
preceding obit appeared in the August 1994 NewsnotesI of the Poughkeepsie
Province. The following notice was published in the Advent 1994 issue
of Today's Marist Brother.
June 15, 1994, Brother Stephan Weber was called to his eternal reward
at a hospital run by the Hospital Sisters of Saint Francis, not too
far away from the beautiful castle of Himeji, one of the main tourist
attractions of Japan. As we gathered around his deathbed for the customary
prayers, surrounded by a large group of Japanese sisters and attending
nurses (mostly non-Christian) we could hear their tearful whispering
voices muttering what could be the best eulogy for our departed Brother,
"How different ... and how peaceful ... the death of a Brother!"
call to the Marist way of life took him for a short time to Saint-Genis
Laval (France) and then to San Maurizio in Italy where he took the habit
on September 8, 1920. Four years later, in December 1924, he arrived
in China and spent most of his teaching career at Saint Louis College
of Tientsin. After the Communist Revolution in China, Stephan moved
for a short time to Hong Kong and from there to Japan in 1951 as one
of the co-founders of our mission. We can see in this earthly pilgrimage
God's continuous and insistent call towards the FAR EAST. From Alsace
to Italy to China and finally to Japan.