Throwback Thursday: Looking at What Powers the Way of Lights

Written by Brad Weisenstein, Originally Published in the Belleville News-Democrat  (Used with permission)

Paul Simonson fixes a section of flexible lighting on Oct. 22, 2008, for one of the Way of Lights displays at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. DERIK HOLTMANN — News-DemocratThe power company can thank Elroy Rule for its big Christmas bonus: He was the idea man behind the Way of Lights.

This Throwback Thursday looks at what keeps the lights on for the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and furthers the work of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate among the world’s rural poor. On Nov. 23, 1970, we featured a photo of the brand-new light display that was to open Dec. 1, 1970.

In 1970 Rule was the business manager at the Shrine in Belleville. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.


It's a lot of work - but its worth it!