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
Jane Wagner
Valerie Luckey
Catherine Simon
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

People come to Emmaus for food…right? Of course, they do, but there’s much more to the story.




For the Record

SONS of Lake Erie Fish Fry at Soup Kitchen

The SONS Crew prepares meals in the kitchen.

The mission of the SONS of Lake Erie is to preserve our local waterways, but on Friday, September 16th, their goal was a little different: to cook and serve a fish fry supper to hundreds of guests at Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

They provided the classic side dishes, coleslaw and potato salad, but the highlight of the meal was the homemade fish sandwiches. Half a dozen SONS volunteers set up an outdoor fryer, mixed fresh batter, and began frying walleye and haddock caught from the lake over the course of the summer. More volunteers busied themselves inside the kitchen, assembling the trays of beer-battered fish into...

Sister Mary Featured in Current Erie Reader

Sister Mary

Sister Mary Miller, Emmaus Director, was recently interviewed by local writer and Erie City Councilwoman, Liz Allen, for the June 2022 issue of the Erie Reader. Liz writes about local Master Gardeners and the work they do in the city of Erie. As Director, Sister Mary works with Master Gardeners Michael Bailey and Ellen DiPlacido who coordinate the Emmaus Grove garden each season. Ellen is also interviewed in the article.

To pick up a copy of the Erie Reader and read more, find the distribution location nearest you here.

Photo: Sister Mary Miller in...

Dish Giveaway at Emmaus Food Pantry

Sister Rosanne

Passing up a reclining chair he couldn't use, a food pantry guest said, "This will be a blessing for someone else." So it was when Emmaus Woman's Advocate Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes and volunteer Sister Colette Korn coordinated a giveaway at Emmaus Food Pantry on Monday and Tuesday morning this week.

With hundreds of dishes donated to Emmaus by A Hand Up Erie, and lightly used reclining chairs and end tables donated from Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, guests searched for items that might bless their homes. Handpainted china, cozy furniture, floor fans, and more were available for free after guests picked up their weekly...

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 17, 2021

From Sister Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, Emmaus Communications Assistant


It’s a week before Christmas, and I’m volunteering at Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Well, I’m supposed to be. But the crew of volunteers that’s here tonight are old pros, and they have everything–the stuffed chicken breast, the salad and roll, the special dessert–well under control. So I’m sitting by the side door with Sister Rosanne, who is waiting for the women who have made appointments with her. One by one, they come to the door and she goes out to meet them, talking for just a few minutes about whatever their most pressing problem is, and then, inevitably, Sister Rosanne hands each one an envelope–with her name written on it in her big, looping cursive–and pulls her in for a hug. 

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.

+ Carol Bianchi Tipton

+ Irene S. Fendya (vol)

+ Theresa Ann (Santor) Feyas

+ Mary Pat Sullivan (vol)

+ William Michael Litzinger (vol)

+ Joan Marie Vereb (vol)

+ Edward John Selleny

+ Kenneth G. Hardner (vol)

+ Frank Victor Kneidinger Jr.

+ Rita E. (Zukowski) Pilarski

+ Edward A. Bellucci

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:
Body Soap
Hair care products and accessories (especially for afro-hair or hair with tight curls)
Underwear (boys and girls; children's sizes 6-18)
New Sweatpants (unisex; children's sizes 6-18 and adult size small)
New Sweatshirts (unisex; children's sizes 6-18 and adult size small)
Girl's Jeans/long pants/leggings (children's sizes 6-18 and adult sizes small and medium)
Shoes (children’s sizes 1Y-6Y)
Pencil Sharpeners
Fidget toys (pop-its)

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