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 with a child from the Kids Cafe

Dear Friends of Emmaus, "The homeless man takes off his shoes before his cardboard house." (poem by Penny Harter) This poem is about dignity. Human dignity. Here the homeless person keeps his sense of worth and honors the place where he lives, albeit a cardboard house. At the soup kitchen, we try to replicate the spirit of this poem. We want our kitchen to be a sacred space where hungry, homeless, and hurting people find a home...

For the Record

Villa Outreach Day

Villa students with their pans of lasagna.

A group of 12 students from Villa Maria Academy made 20 lasagnas for Emmaus Ministries on their annual Outreach Day. About 1,000 Prep and Villa students, teachers, administrators, and staff members participated in the Outreach Day.

Last year, students from Prep made lasagnas for the Soup Kitchen and it went over well so the young women from Villa decided to take it over this year.

“It was an easy choice for the students to make lasagna,” said Fr. Mike DeMartinis, the coordinator of Outreach Day at Villa Maria Academy and Cathedral Preparatory School, “because the Emmaus cooks told us it’s a rare treat for their guests!”...

Bringing Beauty to the Area

Sister Pat Lupo, two Green Team Members who led a presentation on why they built the vertical garden, and Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly

Emmaus Soup Kitchen’s backyard neighbor, the Neighborhood Art House, now features a vertical garden, called a Green Wall.

The vertical garden was implemented by the Green Team, a group of students at the Art House led by Sister Pat Lupo, and thanks to a grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

“We planted tomatoes, onions, strawberries, beans, and more in the vertical garden,” said one of the Green Team students. “Soon we will be able to try all the vegetables that grow here.”

“One hope is that our neighbors and those passing by – many of whom are our Soup Kitchen guests – will recognize the beauty the Art House...

Mother's Day

Children at the Kids Cafe show off their handmade Mother's Day gifts.

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.

Meet Emily Ingram

Emmaus volunteer, Emily Ingram

Emily is a longtime donor to Emmaus Ministries but more recently also become a regular volunteer at the Soup Kitchen, serving with a group of friends on the first Tuesday of each month. The interview is conducted by Emmaus staff member, Breanna Mekuly.

Breanna: Sister Mary told me that you first became involved in Emmaus Ministries when you and your good friend Kelley Glass raised $20,000 to start up the Kids Cafe. How did this fundraising come about?

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 15-19

“A while ago,” Margaret is telling us in the office, “there was a young man who came into the Soup Kitchen hiding his face when he saw me. I recognized him from when he used to come to the Kids Cafe a few years back. I stopped him and called him by name. ‘I didn’t think you’d recognize me!’ he said. ‘Do you remember how old I am?’ I couldn’t quite remember his age,” Margaret continued, “but I took a guess: 21. He was so delighted. Before he left he came back up and gave me a hug.

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.

+ Herman K. Klauk (vol)

+ Marilyn Alice Graham Heberlein

+ Elizabeth "Betty" Orzel

+ Frank J. Vietmeier

+ Katherine M. Imig Middendorf

+ M. Louise Cooper Luddy

+ Amelie Martinez Thayer (vol)

+ Donald F Robinson Jr (vol)

+ Arthur Pinczewski

+ Patricia Kelleher

+ Richard Dawson Bliley

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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