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

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 Miller with a child from the Kids Cafe

Dear Friends of Emmaus, "The homeless man takes off his shoes before his cardboard house." (poem by Penny Harter) This poem is about dignity. Human dignity. Here the homeless person keeps his sense of worth and honors the place where he lives, albeit a cardboard house. At the soup kitchen, we try to replicate the spirit of this poem. We want our kitchen to be a sacred space where hungry, homeless, and hurting people find a home...

For the Record

Westport Branch of Erie Insurance

Kristy Wurst, Lauren Casey and Emmaus Administrative Assistant, Margaret Kloecker

“I never even knew this place was here!” said Lauren Casey when she visited the Emmaus Soup Kitchen for the first time this week.

She and her colleague Kristy Wurst, who work in the Claims department at Erie Insurance, came to present a donation to Emmaus that their Westport branch collected over the past month by sponsoring “wear jeans for a dollar” days.

Both Lauren and Kristy are new hires at the Westport branch and excited to be on the planning team for community outreach. “Now that we know more about where you are and what you’re about, we will definitely have to come back,” Lauren said.

Pictured: Kristy Wurst...

Sixth Graders Bake Cookies

Sixth Grade Bakers

Instead of going to the movies together or going to the roller rink, on a recent day when school was dismissed early, thirteen sixth grade girls from Our Lady’s Christian School gathered to bake cookies for the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

“The girls chose Emmaus Soup Kitchen because they knew the Emmaus guests would really appreciate fresh baked cookies,” said Sue Zimmerman, mother of a sixth grader at Our Lady’s Christian School, who organized the gathering. “Middle school is a time of transition and I felt the need to bring the girls together for team building activities. Baking cookies together was a way to have fun as a...

Valentine's Day at the Soup Kitchen

Valentines for the soup kitchen guests.

Thanks to the generous listeners of 106.3 WCTL radio station, guests of the Emmaus Soup Kitchen received creative and artistic Valentine’s Day greetings.

The Christian radio station broadcasted an opportunity for its listeners to “make Valentine’s Day even sweeter” this year by creating handmade valentines. They called on families, classes, small groups, and scout troops to gather with creativity.

“About a week before we were to hand the cards out,” said Dan Sheldon, the morning host of the station, “we only had about 400 valentines. We were worried – we had originally hoped for 2,000 to distribute throughout the city. So we...

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 Mary Anne Geary

Volunteer Mary Anne Geary

“My hairdresser and friend of fifty years, Kathe Wilson, had often told me about how much she enjoys volunteering at the soup kitchen,” explained Mary Anne Geary. “So when she asked me to step in for a volunteer who was getting older and struggling to come in each week, I said yes.” That was three years ago. And after that first year of substituting, Mary Anne became a regular volunteer on the serving line at the kitchen.

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 13-17

This morning a young woman called asking if she can bring by some baby food and formula for other mothers in need. “I have four children now and we are stable. But for my first child, Emmaus helped us a lot get the food and supplies that we needed. I would like to share what we have for others who might need it.”

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.

+ Richard Dawson Bliley

+ James Terrence "Terry" Lynch

+ Mary Ellen Bujnoski

+ Richard H. Kuhn MD

+ Laura M. Nunes

+ Joyce Nelson Greene

+ Debra Ann Baumann

+ Sara May Burrows Coleman

+ Barbara Coughlin (vol)

+ Brenda Kuntz Nikolishen

+ Francine Wasiloff Stromenger

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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