From Bill Dillon

Hi Venarders, as you know Jim McCormick and I have been planning on a
visit to Summit University this spring to commemorate the 50th year
closing of the Venard. We feel it best to leave it loose and free so
that folks can do their own thing, walking the grounds and buildings,
raiding the refectory, paying calls on old friends at Lourdesmont.

Summit University has suggested the May 19 - 21 weekend as a good
choice, and we agree. We think it makes most sense to plan this visit
without a firm agenda/itinerary so that everyone can feel free to do
whatever and with whomever they want. We will have a tour on Saturday
with time to wander the grounds as well as plenty of time throughout
the weekend for individual activities. The university suggested the
Clarks Summit Ramada Inn and they have rooms set aside with the Summit
University discount of $79. Rooms are guaranteed until April 20th
(rooms will likely still be available even if you reserve a room after
April 20th). I've pasted a list of other hotels (you may be able to
get a better deal through sites like or and
some restaurants in the area.

We hope you'll give this weekend jaunt some thought - we'll be back to
you in a month or so to gauge interest and get a feel for who might be
joining us. Jim with the help of many of you has put together an
amazing list of Maryknollers and he is still looking to add even more
contact information for those not yet lucky enough to have been
found. Jim will be sending out our current contact list in about a
week and hope you can help us add any others that should be on the

I've listed some general travel related information below that you may
find helpful. We're looking forward to having a great weekend reliving
mostly pleasant memories only Venarders could relate to and visiting
with friends and renewing friendships forged years ago on a common
journey. Please feel free to forward to anyone you may think
interested and my apologies in advance if I've sent you this and
you've asked not to be included. Best regards, Bill and Jim

Some Hotels
Comfort Inn $63  570-586-9100
811 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Days Inn $51  570-383-9979
1946 Scranton Carbondale Hwy, Scranton, PA 18508

Econ Lodge $33  570-586-1211
649 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, PA

Ramada Inn $79 (saw it on line for $64)  570 586-2730
820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Hampton Inn  $114  570 586-1515
890 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport  570 602-200
100 Terminal Rd, Avoca, PA 18641

19 miles to the Venard  24 - 33 minute drive

Some Airlines that Fly into Wilkes-Barre Scranton
American Airlines
Delta Airlines
United Airlines

Rental Cars
Avis, Enterprise and Hertz are available near airport

Some Restaurants
Camelot Inn 570 585-1430
17 Johnson Rd., Clarks Summit, PA

727 S. State St, Clarks Summit, PA

Local Catholic Churches
Our Lady of the Snows  570-586-1741
301 S State St, Clarks Summit, PA
Saturday Mass: 5 PM
Sunday Masses: 7, 9:30, 11:15 AM

St Gregory Parish  570 -587-4808
330 N Abington Rd, Clarks Green, PA
Saturday Mass: 5 PM
Sunday Masses: 8, 10, 12 noon

St Benedict
a849 Newton Ransom Blvd
Saturday Mass:, 4 PM
Sunday Masses: 8, and 11 AM

My contact info, cell: 248 762-9897
Jim's cell: 303 506-0700