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

This month Benedictine Sisters celebrate the feast of our patron, Saint Scholastica. We are told that she was the twin sister of Saint Benedict and founded many monasteries for women. There is only one recorded story from her life, but we tell and retell it with relish.

For the Record

Highlighting a Volunteer: Darrell Meyers

Darrell with his grandson, Craig

The volunteers who show up at Emmaus day in and day out create the heartbeat of the ministry. Darrell Meyers has been part of that rhythm at the soup kitchen for over two decades.

But Darrell’s commitment as a volunteer is unique. For Darrell, it is not simply about being committed to the mission of Emmaus himself; he also strives to impart that commitment to others. As a religious educator preparing high-school aged parishioners at Our Lady of Peace in Erie for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Darrell brings groups of students with him each month when he comes to the soup kitchen. It is all part of the service component of the...

Sharing Love for Valentine's Day at Kids Cafe

Kids Cafe family

Kids Cafe staff helped to spread love, delivering Valentine’s Day treats and cards to children in the after-school program. Stephanie Grear, Kids Cafe coordinator, along with Irvina Salter and Ebony King, who have been in regular contact with families since the pandemic caused the program to shut down in-person activities last March, hand delivered an assortment of candies and Valentine goodies, including coloring activity books, pencils, crayons, backpacks, snacks, and fruit.

With the help of donations from Mark and Debbie Woods, Pam Will, and Melanie Shufran and Ralph Edes, the staff was able to create gift bags and vases with a...

Emmaus Staff Member Knits Winter Items for Guests

Sister Rosanne and Margaret

Knowing that winter-time accessories are given out as quickly as they are donated, staff member Margaret Kloecker added more items to the collection at Emmaus Soup Kitchen last week. Margaret, administrative assistant, recently knitted three sets of matching hats and scarves, as well as several dozen other scarves to give away to guests during meal service.

But, this isn’t the first time that Margaret has shared her love of knitting with Emmaus guests. For the past three years she has been making scarves to give away at the annual soup kitchen Christmas dinner. “I could knit all year long, and there would always be someone who...

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 Darrell Meyers

Darrell with his grandson, Craig

The volunteers who show up at Emmaus day in and day out create the heartbeat of the ministry. Darrell Meyers has been part of that rhythm at the soup kitchen for over two decades.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By the Emmaus Ministries staff

December 23, 2020

It’s not unusual for someone to drop off gifts at the soup kitchen, no name attached. When a bare Christmas tree appeared on the doorstep, I left it there, thinking, “How nice, someone in need will get a free tree.”

Lo and behold, I returned the following day to see a guest of ours opening the box and setting it up smack-dab in the center of our lawn. As I left, I wanted to see if the man was still there, to ask him why he decided to set the tree up on an unusually sunny day for a December in Erie. But he was gone. I laughed to myself, smiling at the joy this tree might give to someone else.

My guess is that he understood a truth about the Christmas season: Joy connects us to one another. —Sister Valerie Luckey

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.

+ John A. Jagodzinski

+ Michael D. DiSanti

+ Joseph A. DiBuono

+ Patricia Anne Copenhaver

+ Linda Griffith Kester

+ Calvin L. Pointer

+ Leona G. Mack

+ Thomas John Kasinec

+ Joseph V. Martone

+ Joseph J. Desser

+ Ronald N. "Ronnie" Sitter

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