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

I always loved the fact that when Mary Magdalene saw a man by the empty tomb on Easter morning, she mistook the risen Christ for a gardener. Mary’s mistake might be one of the best metaphors we have of Jesus. Why? Because gardeners are all about...

For the Record

Kids Cafe takes Field Trips to Perry Square

When it’s hot outside and the children are at the Kids Cafe, what do they do? They go to Perry Square and run around in the fountain on North Park Row in downtown Erie!

“They wanna do this everyday!” said Ebony King, staff member at the Kids Cafe, as she watched them run through the water, laughing and shouting. “They love coming down here.”

The children enjoyed the time in the park. “I’ve never been to the beach,” said a six-year-old boy, Trayvon. “I don’t think I’d like it because I’d drown. It’s too deep and water would go over my head. But here I can run in the water and not worry about that.”

When they got...

Break the Stigma

Sister Mary Miller with Emmaus Soup Kitchen volunteer Jean Kloecker

Many guests at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry struggle with some sort of addiction or substance abuse. But to Bret Imboden, an Erie native and now Certified Intervention Specialist, the reason one began abusing substances is less important than helping one recover. And helping those who are struggling with addictions and who are guests of Emmaus Ministries is important to him.

To raise awareness about alcoholism and drug abuse, Bret helped to organize a 2K walk called “Break the Stigma” in early June at Presque Isle. Though the walk was free and open to the public, participants were encouraged to donate to two Erie...

Master Gardener Michael Bailey Awarded

Mike Bailey (center) with Sister Mary and volunteers of Emmaus Grove

Mike Bailey, co-coordinator of Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School, was this year’s recipient of the Helping Hands Award presented by Erie Catholic Charities. The award, given annually to someone in the Erie diocese for their outstanding service to the church and to the community, noted Mike’s five years as master gardener of Emmaus Grove where he has helped grow and harvest tons of produce that is used to feed guests at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Pantry.

In addition to Emmaus, Mike was cited for his volunteer work with other nonprofits including overseeing the school gardens at Saint Luke’s and Pfeiffer-Burleigh and...

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

Month of April

There’s a family that comes to the soup kitchen regularly. The mom has four children, all under the age of six. Tonight, two of them came running in the door, greeting me in their usual manner of yelling: “Hi best friend!” Their brother, a five-year-old, brought me a flower he had just picked from a neighbor’s yard. It’s so nice to be recognized and adored.


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.

+ Harold L. (Ike) Stein

+ John C. Koehler

+ Richard L. Hofmann

+ Elaine Marie Schwab

+ Millicent Cook Krzewinski Fedorchak

+ Dorothy E. Straub Detisch Batcho

+ Robert J. "Bob" Gutting

+ Charles E. Horn

+ William Dougherty (vol)

+ William "Bill" Francis Liebel Jr (vol)

+ Albert "Al" Harry Clement

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.

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