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

It was the most extraordinary of times. It was the most ordinary of times. The extraordinary times need no explanation—COVID-19 changed all our lifestyles and routines. Emmaus was no exception.

For the Record

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Soup Kitchen

Shirley serves the Thanksgiving meal

The meal may have changed, but the gratitude remained the same as Emmaus served its annual Thanksgiving dinner at the soup kitchen last Thursday. Because of continued Covid-19 safety precautions, Emmaus gave out meals the way it has since the pandemic began affecting dinner service in March. Guests expressed gratitude as they received turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, and a roll in a to-go box through a window at the front of the dining room. There was added gratitude for sunny and warm weather as guests ate their meals outside.

Emmaus served its dinner the week before Thanksgiving in an effort to coordinate...

A Blanket Donation for Winter

Our Lady of Mount Carmel donation

Knowing the cold days that lie ahead, parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel donated blankets to Emmaus to keep guests warm. Mary Ellen Haynes, Carol Knoll, and Pam Ziroli brought dozens of fleece blankets and sewn blankets, as well as scarves to give away. They are part of a group who makes prayer shawls at the parish.

Talking about their donation, Carol said, “We have the fabric. There are people who are cold. So we said to ourselves, ‘Let’s do this.’” There is a group of ten women who come together to create the blankets and shawls. Emmaus will give these winter items out to guests who come to the soup kitchen.

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A Tree Nursery Grows at Emmaus Grove

NAH Students

Emmaus Grove provided fertile ground for Sister Pat Lupo and her Neighborhood Art House students as they planted twenty-five saplings there last week. Part of Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)’s ReLeaf initiative, these twenty-five trees contributed to the overall goal of planting 275,000 trees in Erie County. This number represents the total number of citizens.

LEAF’s Executive Director, Vern Peterson, came to help with the tree planting, as well as Director of Programs, Rosa Fatica-Showers, who also volunteers at the soup kitchen. Jamie Keim, Director of Projects & Design for LEAF, was part of the team alongside...

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 Debbie Robertson

Debbie Robertson

Debbie Robertson has been showing up faithfully to Emmaus Ministries for over two decades as both a soup kitchen and food pantry volunteer. Emmaus staff member Sister Valerie Luckey interviewed Debbie on a Tuesday morning at the food pantry.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By the Emmaus Ministries staff

November 20, 2020

Because of COVID-19 our annual coat drive was low-key this year. Instead of major blitz in church bulletins asking people to donate unused coats, our faithful organizer Kelly Glass sent an email to 17 of her friends asking for donations. And the coats and blankets arrived. I was blown-away by one woman who arrived in a van that was packed to the ceiling. When she opened her trunk there were at least 10 brand new sleeping bags, 20 children’s coats, 50 plush and thick blankets and throws that she had personally purchased. She wishes to remain anonymous—the highest form of giving. —Sister Mary Miller

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.

+ Joseph V. Martone

+ Joseph J. Desser

+ Ronald N. "Ronnie" Sitter

+ Barbara A. Cunic Esper (vol)

+ Agnes S. (Kaliszewski) Kinem

+ Theresa C, Czupkowski Snyder

+ Rosemary (McCabe) Kaveney (vol)

+ Marie E. (Lubelski) Kuzmin

+ "Connie" Bruno Ratajczak (vol)

+ Joseph Nies

+ Cynthia Hauser Manna

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