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
Valerie Luckey

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

I’ve always been challenged by the Dorothy Day quote that graces the cover of this newsletter. And I agree with her that what’s most needed today is “a revolution of the heart?” A revolution that must begin in each one of us.

For the Record

Emmaus Awarded $95,000 from State Grant

Emmaus Food Pantry was awarded $95,000 from the Food Recovery Infrastructure grant of Governor Wolf’s Administration aimed at supporting nonprofit food pantries to fight hunger and prevent food waste.

The funds will be used to buy the food pantry a new box truck and replace the aging walk-in freezer. “The new freezer, in particular, will enable us to accept more perishable food donations and prevent unnecessary waste of food when so many are in need,” said Margaret Kloecker, associate director. Emmaus Food Pantry serves 550 families in the City of Erie each week.

The Wolf Administration awarded over $9 million to 145 food...

Mask-Masking at the Monastery

Mask donation

Even with stay-at-home orders in place due to the pandemic, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie are trying to find creative ways to stay connected to the poor of the city. Spearheaded by Emmaus Ministries board member, Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, a group of Sisters have taken on the work of making masks to distribute at the soup kitchen and food pantry.

Postulant Jacqueline Small and Sisters Jen Frazer and Kathy McCarthy sew the masks, while Sisters Stephanie Schmidt and Beth Adams team with postulant Colleen Leathley to cut the material for sewing. On May 1, Jacqueline and Emmaus staff member Sister Valerie Luckey dropped off a...

A Romolo Easter Continues

Romolo's donation

That Tony Stefanelli, owner of Romolo Chocolates in Erie, is loyal friend of Emmaus cannot be disputed…even during a pandemic. On Easter Wednesday, guests who came for their take-out dinner received a bag of sweets including jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps, and a taste of Romolo's chocolate. Emmaus staff members Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes and Rita Scrimenti, as well as soup kitchen volunteer, Annette Slater, helped put together these bags and prepared them to distribute.

An Erie treasure, Romolo’s candy shop and cafe has been donating chocolate and other sweets to the soup kitchen for many years. Sister Rosanne said, "Tony has...

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.

Joan Martter

Joan Martter with soup kitchen guest, Tom

Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly interviewed Joan Martter about her time volunteering at Emmaus. This is what she had to say.

Breanna: How long have you been serving at Emmaus?
Joan: I first started serving at the soup kitchen in 2000. Initially, I came to the soup kitchen to deliver the proceeds of our Angel Tree for Sister Rosanne’s children’s Christmas celebrations.* I was working with Fairview High School and the Angel Tree was a part of our Key Club. Soon after, I started bringing desserts once a month to the soup kitchen.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By Breanna Mekuly, an employee with Emmaus Ministries

Months of January and February

Tim is one of the friendliest guests of the soup kitchen I’ve ever met. He always smiles and enjoys joking around. The other day as I walked past he called me over and, chuckling to himself, said: “Breanna, are you a nun yet?” I laughed and told him that’s not where my life is headed. “Well, if you keep working here,” he said, “I bet they’ll get you soon!”


Someday are better than others. Today was hectic at the soup kitchen. The cops came looking for one of our guy guests. A woman had a bad reaction to a drug she had taken and paramedics had to be called. Then another woman came in with a nasty attitude. But our volunteers and guests, of course, took it all in stride and treated one another with goodwill.


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.

+ Joseph V. Martone

+ Barbara A. Cunic Esper (vol)

+ Agnes S. (Kaliszewski) Kinem

+ Theresa C, Czupkowski Snyder

+ Joseph J. Desser

+ Ronald N. "Ronnie" Sitter

+ Rosemary (McCabe) Kaveney (vol)

+ Marie E. (Lubelski) Kuzmin

+ Cynthia Hauser Manna

+ "Connie" Bruno Ratajczak (vol)

+ Joseph Nies

Fulfill the Emmaus Wish List

You can always help us stock our shelves at the soup kitchen with ground coffee, instant tea and instant lemonade, jelly/jam, peanut butter, maple syrup, mayonnaise/miracle whip, soup, and canned fruit. We ALWAYS appreciate diapers (all sizes) and baby formula.

The Kids Cafe Store is in need of the following items:
School supplies
hand sanitizer,
hair supplies (shampoo and conditioner, hair ties, brushes, picks, head bands, etc.)

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.

Emmaus Ministries