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

The cover of this issue of The Companion with the image of a Saint Benedict house blessing door hanger protecting the soup kitchen reminds us that we are bearers of a beautiful tradition. As you know, Emmaus Ministries, though separately incorporated...

For the Record

Villa and Prep Committment to Soup Kitchen

Ellie Arrowsmith ’21 and her brother Alex ’15 presenting the cookies to Emmaus volunteers Kitty Felix Welton ’68 and Tony Pol ’74

Valentine’s week is the perfect time to share love – and the National Honor Society students at Villa Maria and Cathedral Prep did just that with the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

The students celebrated a semi-formal dance in early February and donated leftover cookies to the Soup Kitchen. Ellie Arrowsmith, a junior on the National Honor Society at Villa Maria High School, said their National Honor Society participates in regular volunteer events, along with being committed to scholarship, leadership, and practicing good character. This year, the students wanted to ensure the leftover cookies from the formal were not thrown away...

Reporting on Food Insecurity in Erie

Emmaus staff member, Breanna Mekuly, was interviewed by local news Jet24 to talk about Food Insecurity in Erie. Breanna, along with Second Harvest Food Bank of Erie's Chief Executive Officer Karen Seggi, explained how food deserts have grown significantly in the past few years, the importance of making sure no one goes hungry, and the work Emmaus and Second Harvest do to eliminate hunger in Erie.

See the article here.


Soup-er Bowl!

Noelle, Breanna, Danni

The employees at ACL Labs celebrated two times over last Friday, enjoying homemade soup and giving the proceeds to Emmaus Ministries.

For the past three years, staff of about 30 employees at the main lab of Associated Clinical Laboratories on Peach Street have prepared their own soup and desserts for a special Soup-er Bowl luncheon the Friday before the Super Bowl. Each employee pays for their lunch, and the proceeds benefit the Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Noelle Stephenson and Danni Nola, from ACL, came to offer the group’s donation, more than $300, telling us, “Each year, the event gets bigger. The first year we made eight soups...

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 November and December 2019

Two years ago, one of the mothers at the soup kitchen was pregnant. And the mother knew I was thrilled to meet the new baby. When the day came that she was born, the mother walked in the door with a huge smile on her face, announced, “This is L,” and handed her right over to me. She was 11 days old. Today she celebrated her second birthday at the soup kitchen.


I met a woman today who seemed distracted by her phone – and possibly like she was purposefully distracting herself so she didn’t need to interact with others. When she asked for help, though, she mentioned something about her job as a nurse’s aide in a hospice unit of the hospital...

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.

+ Cynthia Hauser Manna

+ "Connie" Bruno Ratajczak (vol)

+ Joseph Nies

+ Robert Walker

+ Mary Edna Pinczok Burbules

+ John C. Schwab

+ Charles William "Bill" Rosenquest

+ Bonnie Lee (Jorgensen) Tullio

+ Thomas J. Zipperi Sr

+ Monica Sorensen

+ Evelyn Marie Nesterick

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