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

Sister Mary admiring a passion flower outside the Food Pantry

Dear Friends of Emmaus, I like the Zen quote “No seed ever sees the flower.” Though it advises me not to worry about results, it also reinforces the need to plant seeds. And it reminds me that I get to choose what kind of seeds to plant. Do I want a flower or not? ...

For the Record

Handmade Valentines

Valentines for the guests of Emmaus

When is the last time someone gave you a handmade valentine?

This Valentine's Day, each guest of Emmaus Soup Kitchen received a unique valentine, courtesy of listeners of the 106.3 WCTL radio station.

For the fourth year in a row, the radio station collected handmade cards during its Healing Hearts Project. The valentines which came in different sizes, styles, and forms were created by people of all ages who gathered to make the cards in groups - such as scout troops, Sunday school classes, or youth groups - or during the WCTL's Healing Hearts Day at Millcreek Mall, where they invited shoppers to stop and make valentines...

Catholic Schools Week (part 2)

Second and third graders at St. Luke's making minestrone soup for Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

The second and third graders at St. Luke's Catholic School made minestrone soup for the Emmaus Soup Kitchen during Catholic Schools Week, January 29 - February 2.

While learning that if each person brings a small item, they can create a healthy meal for many, the inquisitive second and third graders of St. Luke's had a lot of questions about Emmaus Ministries. Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus staff member, responded the best she could. Here's how some of the conversations went:

Student: How many people come to the soup kitchen?
Breanna: There are about 250 people who come to the soup kitchen each day.

How do...

Catholic Schools Week (part 1)

  Students from OLP with their donations to Emmaus

"God has provided this world with enough food for all people to survive," said Father Mike DeMartinis to the second and third graders at St. Luke's Catholic School who were preparing soup for the guests at Emmaus as their service activity during Catholic Schools Week. "And though we have enough food in this world, not everyone has enough food to eat. That's why we're working with Emmaus today to make a meal - we want to ensure that we share the food we have with others who don't have any and are hungry."

Both St. Luke's and Our Lady of Peace Catholic schools chose to support Emmaus Ministries as a part of developing their "zeal...

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.

Longtime Pantry Volunteer Dmitry Tishchenko Turns 90 years old!

Longtime Pantry Volunteer Dmitry Tishchenko Turns 90 years old!

From Sister Lucia Surmik, coordinator of the Emmaus Food Pantry: “Our quiet, smiling, ever young Dmitry has been a dedicated volunteer at Emmaus Food Pantry for fifteen years. Dmitry, very quietly but so cheerfully, gathers our empty cardboard boxes and loads them on the truck for recycling. He is seen filling in wherever he is needed, especially helping the elderly and guests who need extra assistance with their bags of food. We have been blessed with Dimitry’s gentle and peaceful presence among us. We wish him a very Happy 90th Birthday!”

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 February 12-16

A regular guest at the soup kitchen is pregnant. She's young - maybe 20, if that. Sometimes, she eats and then gets sick and then asks for more food. Every time I see her, I check up on her. "How are you? Are you staying warm and taking care of yourself?" I know she's not - but really, what more can she do when she's just trying to make it day to day? From my experience interning in a hospital, specifically in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I know that the babies of mothers with very little prenatal care suffer much more.

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.

+ Barbara Hildum Juarez Keller (vol)

+ Anna M. (Spor) Raines

+ Rose A. (Raymondo) Rozumalski

+ Dorothy Bujalski

+ Donald Andrews Sr

+ Agnes Marie Sturgeon

+ Jim Lieb (vol)

+ Paul Meaden (vol)

+ Edward Michael Gieza, Jr.

+ Fernanda (Arduini) Bonaminio

+ Lila Mae "Gump" Hart Buterbaugh

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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