Emmaus Ministries

Emmaus Ministries

A commitment to the forgotten and the faceless of society – a Christian presence and outreach in Erie, Pennsylvania since 1974.


EMMAUS MINISTRIES: A Commitment to the Forgotten and the Marginal
— to the faceless of society who get left out and left behind without support at times of crisis

— to the single mother whose life is a constant struggle to provide simple necessities for her children

— to the child lost in poverty whose present is barely human and whose future is already lost

— to the elderly whose basic needs are too great for a check that is too small

— to the working poor who work in the lowest of low paying jobs and never get ahead

Contact Information

Emmaus Ministries, Inc.
345 East 9th Street
Erie, PA 16503
Phone: 814-459-8349
Fax: 814-459-8066
Sister Mary Miller, OSB
Margaret Kloecker
Rita Scrimenti

Emmaus Soup Kitchen
218 East 11th Street
Erie PA 16503

Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
310 East 10th Street
Erie PA 16503

Support Emmaus through Erie Gives!

Erie Gives is a one day online fundraiser taking place on Tuesday, August 9th hosted by the Erie Community Foundation. Last year Emmaus received over $37,000 from over 300 donors. That is an amazing increase of about 65% over the previous year. Emmaus also placed in the top ten in # of donors.

Breaking the Bread

There are people  
in the world so hungry,
that God cannot
appear to them
except in
the form
of bread.
Mahatma Gandhi 

From the Director

Sister Mary Miller

Sister Mary Miller (right) with Emmaus guest.

“We rise by lifting others,” Robert Ingersoll wrote. Three Erie groups gave credence to this quote by recently recognizing Emmaus Director Sister Mary Miller for her 35-year commitment to the poor and hungry of Erie. In early April, Mercyhurst University presented...

For the Record

Great Growing Season

Emmaus Food Pantry guest receives plant

The growing season this year is overflowing abundance and two local greenhouses want the less fortunate to share in the produce. Bonnie Leamer of B&R Greenhouse and Janel Levin of Potratz Flowers delivered 70 flats of vegetable plants to the Emmaus Food Pantry recently. Guests were invited to take as many as they wanted of the future tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and other good-tasting foods. “This should be a great tomato season,” said Leamer and a guest from the Pantry, shown in the photo, took her at her word and selected a tomato plant.

Why I Don’t Like Working in Soup Kitchens

Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus volunteer

“Why I Don’t Like Working in Soup Kitchens” is the intriguing title of Breanna Mekuly’s article on her experience at Emmaus that was recently posted on the website Patheos: hosting the conversation on faith. Mekuly who spent ten weeks this summer as an intern with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, begins her article: “Last week I served at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen in Erie, PA. The next day, Sr. Mary who runs the kitchen asked me how my experience was. I hesitated before telling her the truth; I didn’t like it and actually, I don’t like soup kitchens in general.”

To read the entire article,...

Gift to Emmaus

Mary Alice and Tom Doolin

Mary Alice and Tom Doolin, recent recipients of the prestigious Edward C. Doll Community Service Award, remembered two ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie when it came to selecting nonprofits to benefit from a $12,000 grant that accompanies the award. Emmaus Ministries and the Neighborhood Art House, along with the Bayfront East Side Taskforce, were selected by the Doolins, who received the honor at the Erie Community Foundation’s annual meeting held at the Bayfront Convention Center. “Mary Alice and Tom are two people who have given copious amounts of time as well as financial gifts to better Erie, the city that is so dear to...

Walking Together on the Road to Emmaus

Volunteer at Emmaus

Over 300 people volunteer at Emmaus food pantry, soup kitchen and Kids Cafe.Call 814-459-8349 if you would like to volunteer.

Patti Holland and family have deep roots at Emmaus

Patti Holland Emmaus Ministries Volunteer

By Liz Allen
When members of the Holland family help Emmaus Ministries, they go the distance – from Erie all the way to Pittsburgh.

Patti Holland traces her family’s connection to Emmaus back to the days when her mother-in-law, the late Mary Holland, a school nurse, met Sister Mary Miller, who was the principal of St. Andrew School.

When Sister Mary became the director of Emmaus Soup Kitchen in the 1980s, Patti started to volunteer at the soup kitchen on Christmas Eve so that her husband, Dave, could carry on the family tradition of taking their four sons, David, Andrew, Tim and...

Donate to Emmaus

There is no such thing as a donation that is “too little.” Over 90% of our donations are under $100.

Beth Sammartino views Benedictines as extension of family

Beth Sammartino Emmaus Ministries Donor

By Liz Allen
“When you have landed on Benedictine soil,” you remain grounded in the charitable work of the sisters and their ministries.

That is one image that Beth Sammartino draws upon to explain why she gives back to the Benedictines by supporting Emmaus Ministries.

In particular, Beth likes to help out Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes, who works as the women’s advocate at Emmaus.

“She is so caring in such a dignified way with the poorest of the poor,” Beth says. Sister Rosanne likes to...

Remember Emmaus with a Memorial

We are grateful to family members who ask that memorials be made to Emmaus on the death of loved ones. Visit our secure site to offer a memorial.

+ Robert G. Lindenberger (vol)

+ Paul V. Verno

+ Shirley H. Thorwart Guilford

+ Margaret Mary Sabatini Baldini

+ Robert J. "Jerry" Lyons

+ Valerie Ann (Kehoe) Smith

+ Betty Marie Langowski

+ James "Jimmy" Gennario Iesue

+ Gilda Arduini Vitelli

+ Theresa MIchalski Dzikowski

+ Edward J. Malinowski

Fulfill the Emmaus Wish List

We are in URGENT NEED of food items such as powdered milk, canned chili, beef stew or pasta, soup and canned fruit for our emergency bags. We ALWAYS need diapers (all sizes) and baby formula.

The Kids Cafe Store is in need of the following items:
Nail Polish
Travel size Kleenex
Pump bottles of hand soap
Dollar Store toys for Bingo prizes

Attention Bakers!!! We welcome homemade treats for our guests. If you're a baker, know that our Emmaus guests appreciate cookies, cakes, pies…sweets of any kind.

Call 814-459-8349 for more information or to schedule your donation.

Pray with Emmaus

Please join with the Emmaus community in reciting this prayer daily.

Prayer of St. Vincent DePaul

You will find that charity
is a heavy burden to carry,
heavier than the kettle of soup
and the basket of bread.

But you must your gentleness
and your smile keep.

Giving soup and bread
isn’t all that you can do.

The poor are your masters-
terribly sensitive and exacting
as you will see.

But the more demanding they seem
the more unjust and bitter
the more you must give them your love.

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