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

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

Fairview cares

Shirley Whaley accepts donations from: John Feketi, director of facilities, Carol Elliott, 3rd grade teacher, Erik Kincade, superintendent

Fairview School District Superintendent Erik Kincade oversees the annual “Fairview Cares” fundraiser where students in his district raise money—$25,000 in 2016—for four different charities. This year Emmaus Ministries was one of the recipients and Erik and his wife Shannon decided to continue the spirit of “Fairview Cares” by parking their 24’ box truck in various Fairview neighborhoods during August and asking residents to fill it with items for guests at the pantry, soup kitchen and Kids Cafe.

Picture: Emmaus cook Shirley Whaley accepts donations from: John Feketi, director of facilities, Carol Elliott, 3rd grade teacher, Erik...

Splash Lagoon

What annual event do you look forward to? A family picnic? A visit from your best friend from high school? A traditional Christmas Eve celebration? It’s a unanimous vote from the children at the Emmaus Kids Cafe –“our summer trip to Splash Lagoon!!”

And, once again, thanks to the generosity of a few, they were not disappointed. Businessman Denny Oswalt began this annual end of summer treat 15 years ago and, following his untimely death, others stepped forward. Matt and Rachel Gregoroff solicited the support of their parish, Russian Church of the Nativity, to subsidize the first stop of the bus trip—a visit to Payless in the...

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.

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.

Why I Don’t Like Working at Soup Kitchens

Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus Ministries volunteer

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.

All I did was serve fruit on the line this time. In the midst of asking guests if they would like what I’m serving and then scooping canned fruit onto plates with as much dignity as possible, I overheard quite a few conversations.

For example, one woman begged a server to help her carry her plate. She had just suffered a miscarriage, she said, and by the looks of her, it...

Donate to Emmaus

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

Betty Amatangelo

Betty Amatangelo cuddles her three-month-old grandson, Henry, while Henry's twin, Josie, sleeps on the swing.

When Betty Amatangelo was dismissed from her job at Mercyhurst University in a cost-cutting move in November 2014, the lost income hit her family's budget and also took an emotional toll.

But Betty and her husband, Tony, never considered reducing or dropping their gifts to Emmaus Ministries. They remain committed to tithing – giving back 10 percent of their income – because they know their donations make a difference. They also know what it's like to struggle with problems similar to those facing guests at Emmaus.

“We both fought addictions and alcoholism and are blessed with...

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.

+ Diana J. Swain Chandley

+ Edwin C. Weckerly

+ Sophie Stella Bruno

+ 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

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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