Emmaus Ministries

A commitment to the forgotten and the faceless of society – a Christian presence and outreach in Erie, Pennsylvania since 1974.

Mission

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
Email:
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
814-878-2922

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

Dear Friends of Emmaus, As a follower of Saint Benedict, I have always loved the opening lines in his Rule, “Listen with the ear of your heart.” I guess it’s because I spend so much of my day trying to learn to listen. I try to listen to the words of Scripture, to other people, to the world, and to myself… to what’s inside of me. I’d like to say a little about listening to scripture...

For the Record

SONS of Lake Erie invite the Mayor to an Emmaus Fish Fry

SONS of Lake Erie volunteers at the soup kitchen

Fish dinner on Friday is an Emmaus soup kitchen ritual, but on Friday, Sept. 14, it was a happening. Instead of baked packaged frozen fish, guests were treated to freshly fried Lake Erie walleye and perch by the SONS (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie.
“Once again, the SONS prepared a generous banquet,” said Sister Mary Miller, director. “Each guest enjoyed two large fish sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, and a dessert.”

A lot went into making this dinner possible. First, the SONS sponsored and officiated a local walleye fishing tournament on Lake Erie in August. In the professional division, fishers were able...

Blue Coats Serving at Emmaus

Blue Coats “Dynamic Duo” Bruce Wayne and Ray Humphries

Summertime: warm weather, lots of sun, plenty of time spent outside, children running through the fountain at Perry Square… it brings a different sort of energy than winter.

The same is true at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen: in the summertime, and even after school begins, the energy is high. To contain the vivacity, Erie’s “Blue Coats” Ray Humphries and Bruce Wayne (aka: “Batman”) are on site before, during, and after mealtime at the soup kitchen.

Nicknamed the “Blue Coats” by children, this group of volunteers typically work with the Erie School District to promote peace and provide positive role models for inner-city youth in...

A Special Guest

Emmaus, the baby rabbit

Despite – or maybe because – of the sign in the Emmaus Grove Garden that says “No Rabbits!” a baby rabbit was found in the parking lot of the soup kitchen. At maybe just a day or two old, it weighs less than an ounce and is smaller than the palm of one’s hand.

The rabbit was found right before the food pantry opened as the volunteers walked in. “We’re calling him Emmaus,” said Marie Wolf, volunteer, “because we found him on the road to get food.” And in finding this tiny creature, volunteers at the food pantry saw something divine in him.

In an attempt to save the rabbit, they even called Mike Bailey, master gardener at...

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.

Colleen Hammon speaks about Mental Health at the Soup Kitchen

Colleen with a guest at the soup kitchen

Colleen Hammon volunteers at Emmaus Soup Kitchen twice a week in the dining room, where she often uses her experience with social work to engage in meaningful conversations with guests. She was interviewed by Emmaus staff member, Breanna Mekuly.

Breanna:
How did you become involved in volunteering at Emmaus?

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.

Month of August

Somedays, I listen to the voicemails we get in the office and I just want to weep. I’m devastated by the amount of suffering so many women in Erie live with day to day.

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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.

+ Kay Hardner (vol)

+ Genevieve (Sienkiewicz) Skrzypczak

+ Gertrude Ann (Belczyk) Zawistowski

+ Edward J. Kaliszewski

+ Cathleen "Cathy" T. Quirk

+ Ruth Carter Meyer

+ John Joseph "Skip" Gasper

+ Michael J. "Mick" Dragoone

+ Charles "Chuck" G. Lindenberger

+ Ann M. Skapura DiMarco (vol)

+ Della Josephine (Rizzo) Delio

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,
Kleenex,
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.

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