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

Dear Friends of Emmaus, I had to do something recently that I've never done at Emmaus. I had to close the soup kitchen for a day. A fight had broken out the day before and, in addition to a lot of cursing and punch throwing, one of our staff members got pushed against the wall and had to go to the...

For the Record

Emmaus Congratulates Board Member on Romero Award

Mary Hoffman, Emmaus board member and volunteer

Mary Hoffman, board member and volunteer at Emmaus Ministries, was presented the 2018 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award by Mercyhurst University Department of Religious Studies on Tuesday, March 20.

She was honored for "her longstanding work educating and serving all of God's children - in our community and abroad - particularly those with special needs."

The Romero Award is named for the late archbishop of San Salvador who died from an assassin's bullet on March 28, 1980 or his outspoken and uncompromising commitment to the poor and oppressed of El Salvador. The Vatican announced earlier this month that Pope Francis has...

40 Cans for Lent

Left to Right Tom Wittmann, Mark Connolly and John Curtin with Rita Scrimenti, Emmaus' social worker

Chocolate. Facebook. Twitter. Meat. Sweets. Alcohol. Soda. During Lent, these are some of the most common things people give up.

Rather than solely fasting during Lent, the Knights of Columbus Council 4123 encouraged parishioners at their St. George Parish in Erie to donate a total of 41 cans, the equivalent of one item of food per day during Lent and one for Easter Sunday, to Emmaus Ministries.

"We ask you to please join in this opportunity to make a small sacrifice," said the Knights to their parish, "and turn it into a big difference in the lives of others."

Overall, they donated over 1,000 pounds of canned...

Erie Benedictines Arrested in D.C. Advocating for Dreamers

  Pictured: Benedictines for Peace members Tinamarie Stolz, Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus board member Anne McCarthy, OSB, Jacqueline Small, and regular Emmaus volunteer Sam Miller

On Tuesday, February 27, five members of the Erie Benedictine family - three of whom have direct connections to Emmaus Ministries - were arrested in Washington, DC as they called on Congress to advocate for immigrants.

Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus staff member, Sister Anne McCarthy, Emmaus board member, and Sam Miller, Emmaus volunteer participated in a Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers, which brought together over 200 Catholics from across the country, most of whom are sisters and other Catholic leaders. The Day of Action consisted of public prayer, a press conference calling for Congress to enforce a clean Dream Act and path to...

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.

Longtime Pantry Volunteer Dmitry Tishchenko Turns 90 years old!

Longtime Pantry Volunteer Dmitry Tishchenko Turns 90 years old!

From Sister Lucia Surmik, coordinator of the Emmaus Food Pantry: “Our quiet, smiling, ever young Dmitry has been a dedicated volunteer at Emmaus Food Pantry for fifteen years. Dmitry, very quietly but so cheerfully, gathers our empty cardboard boxes and loads them on the truck for recycling. He is seen filling in wherever he is needed, especially helping the elderly and guests who need extra assistance with their bags of food. We have been blessed with Dimitry’s gentle and peaceful presence among us. We wish him a very Happy 90th Birthday!”

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 March 12-16

"Last week, for the first time in my life, I was arrested." This is how I began the conversation this week with our Tuesday crew of volunteers when Sister Mary sat us all down and asked me to explain to them my involvement in the Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers. Many of them just stared at me and I thought they must wonder why - like so many others - I chose to give up my freedom to stand up for a group of people whose freedom is at risk.

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.

+ Florence Orloff Zatkoff (vol)

+ Francis "Fran" E. Peskorski

+ Ann Marie Scully Chojnacki

+ Josephine Skovron Tanner

+ Robert A. Ostryniec (vol)

+ Kenneth W. Rohler Sr. (vol)

+ Barbara Hildum Juarez Keller (vol)

+ Anna M. (Spor) Raines

+ Jim Lieb (vol)

+ Paul Meaden (vol)

+ Rose A. (Raymondo) Rozumalski

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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