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
Breanna Mekuly

Emmaus Soup Kitchen
218 East 11th Street
Erie PA 16503

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

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 admiring a Marian image at Emmaus

Dear Friends of Emmaus, Like most Catholic girls who grew up in the 40’s and 50’s I had a great devotion to Mary. My family prayed the daily rosary together, made 9-day novenas to her, and recited her litany during weekly Marian services...

For the Record

Full-STEAM Ahead

Students with instructor, Dianne Porter, forming the bird houses at Chestnut Hill Elementary School in Millcreek.

Steam, soup, and Emmaus: In the winter months, steam often flows from the soup being made in the kitchen at Emmaus. But this springtime, there’s a different kind of STEAM associated with Emmaus: the Full-STEAM Ahead program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in the Millcreek Elementary Schools donated 83 cans of soup to the soup kitchen as a part of a bird house making experience.

The Full-STEAM Ahead program in Millcreek is created to empower 4th and 5th grade girls to explore all possibilities of future career options and participate in a hand-on activity.

“During the activity on April 20th,” said Kristina...


Students from Villa delivering homemade cookies.

During what they coined #OutreachDay2018, students, faculty and staff of Villa Maria Academy and Cathedral Preparatory High Schools volunteered for over 40 different locations around Erie County, including Emmaus Ministries.

Students were assigned to a group of about fifteen and accompanied by a staff or faculty member.

Those assigned to Emmaus contributed food – students from Villa made cookies from scratch and students from Prep, along with Fr. Mike DeMartinis, made goulash. When the Villa students delivered cookies, their teacher Wendy Gunther commented that for some of the young women, this was their first time ever...

Ending Hunger One Step at a Time

Emmaus staff members Breanna Mekuly, Sister Mary Miller, and Margaret Kloecker, along with Benedictine Oblate and CROP Hunger Walk board member Barb Roseborough, and CROP Hunger Walk event coordinator, Rev. Jim Haas

Emmaus Ministries received $850 in donation from the local Erie County CROP Hunger Walk. The walk, which took place in September of 2017, collected $56,000 which was allocated to over 20 local and more international organizations that work to address hunger.

In an attempt to end world hunger, the CROP Hunger Walk is organized to “walk with the world to feed the hungry, educate others, and restore hope, rejoicing together in the Spirit of God.”

This year’s CROP Hunger Walk will take place on September 23, 2018 on Presque Isle.

Pictured: Emmaus staff members Breanna Mekuly, Sister Mary Miller, and Margaret Kloecker,...

Walking Together on the Road to Emmaus

Volunteers and Donors

Emmaus depends on many volunteers and donors at the food pantry, soup kitchen and Kids Cafe.Call 814-459-8349 if you would like to volunteer. Click here to make a donation.

Volunteer Profile: Marie Wolf

Marie Wolf

Today I was the sous chef at the soup kitchen. Marie Wolf, a volunteer at the soup kitchen and food pantry for seven years, brought me in and taught me how to prepare a meal for 150 people. We prepared pulled pork, potatoes with butter and garlic, fresh fruit, chili, and chicken and rice soup. I had plenty of questions for Marie. Because of all these questions I had, I decided to do an interview with Marie so others could learn, too, what Marie does when she works with Emmaus' cook, Shirley Whaley, in the kitchen.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By Breanna Mekuly, a new employee with Emmaus Ministries. She grew up in Wisconsin, studied theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and relocated to Erie this summer to intern with Sister Joan Chittister. She began working with Emmaus mid-fall 2016.

Week of May 14-18

“Hi,” said the woman on the other side of the phone, “My name is Pam and I often come to the food pantry. Whenever I come, Sisters Claire and Lucia always welcome me and ask how I’m doing. I haven’t been in a while – because of my work schedule – but I just wanted to call and let them know I’m doing well.”


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.

+ John Joseph "Skip" Gasper

+ Michael J. "Mick" Dragoone

+ Charles "Chuck" G. Lindenberger

+ Ann M. Skapura DiMarco (vol)

+ Della Josephine (Rizzo) Delio

+ Ruth (Spiegel) Gray

+ John J. Suminski Jr.

+ Richard Donikowski

+ David A. Waltz

+ Hans-Jorgen Gronborg

+ Stanley John Malesiewski

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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