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

Every morning I read a periodical called Give Us This Day that includes the daily scriptures and a “saint” of the day feature. I love reading about inspiring people and look forward to who will be highlighted. But when I opened the book one day and found “Mrs. Barrett” as the featured “saint,” I was puzzled. Never read about her, saw a statue to her, or recited, “Saint Mrs. Barrett, pray for me.”

For the Record

GE Donation

 Joe of the GE union and Sister Karen of Emmaus Ministries

On the morning of Thursday, March 7th, GE union workers brought boxes of prepared sandwiches, oranges, and more to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

The sandwiches were originally prepared for the GE union workers on strike but the night before, Wabtec and GE decided on a 90-day negotiation period so the GE union workers ended their strike. With all the food they bought to continue feeding strikers, they donated to Emmaus instead.

Emmaus received over 300 already prepared sandwiches, 10 bags of frozen meatballs, 7 bags of prepared Sloppy Joe’s, boxes of bread, dozens of eggs, and oranges.

“We handed out the prepared sandwiches...

Our Lady of Peace Penny Challenge

OLP Penny Challenge

Students at Our Lady of Peace School participated in a Penny Challenge – a friendly competition of the grades – that benefited Emmaus Ministries.

The competition was complex: all pennies were worth positive points and all other coins and dollar bills were worth negative points. “The idea,” said the poster, “is to add pennies to your bank and undermine the other classes by placing nickels, dimes, quarters and bills to their banks to negate their pennies.” The class that had the most positive points won bragging rights.

In total, the school collected $1,769.16 for Emmaus Ministries.

Emmaus and Mercyhurst University

Emmaus volunteer Cindy Liotta, staff member Breanna Mekuly, and young guest of the soup kitchen

For the second semester in a row, Emmaus volunteer Cindy Liotta and staff member Breanna Mekuly presented students at Mercyhurst University with an opportunity to learn more about Emmaus Ministries.

Cindy and Breanna were guest speakers in two sessions of Dr. Mary Hembrow-Snyder’s “Exploring Catholicism” course. Their presentation entitled “Feeding the Hungry: Graces and Challenges,” explores the ins and outs of Emmaus: who we are, what we believe in, who we serve, and why we serve. Cindy and Breanna then address common myths around the topics of poverty, such as “All poor people are lazy” and “Food stamps are enough.”


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, 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.

January & February 2019

“It’s not just that the food here is so good,” said a guest, “but it’s also a nice atmosphere. So nice that I would even bring a date here!”


Phil dropped off a tub of money that he used to collect change in. It wasn’t very big – maybe the size of a piggy bank. When Margaret counted the money, she was surprised. “There was $658 in there!” she exclaimed. That’s a lot of change. And that’s especially a lot of change to donate to Emmaus – thanks to Phil for caring.


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.

+ Albert "Al" Harry Clement

+ Robert Notley

+ Philip M. Trejchel (vol)

+ Evelyn M. Seyboldt (vol)

+ Bette J. Tullio Freeman

+ Jessica Ann Trabert

+ Elizabeth "Betty" Murphy

+ Helen A. "Kowalski" Kowalewski

+ Virginia L. Albert

+ Phyllis A. Zack

+ Elayne Ann LoRe Comi

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