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

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

Emmaus in Attendance at the CROP Walk

Over 30 people representing Emmaus Ministries walked in the CROP Walk

Over 30 people representing Emmaus Ministries walked in the CROP Walk at Presque Isle on Sunday, September 23rd.

The CROP Walk raises money for people around the world who are struggling with hunger, “one step at a time.” In Erie, a percentage of the profits are always shared with Emmaus Ministries and other nonprofits that address starvation and malnourishment. Last year, Emmaus received $850 from the 2017 CROP Walk.

Emmaus volunteers Shelia Causgrove and Barb Roseborough were the coordinators of the Emmaus team, organizing the fundraising and walkers before the event.

Pies in the Face, Jeans, and Emmaus Soup Kitchen

Have you ever gotten a pie in the face?

To raise money for the Emmaus Soup Kitchen (and have a bit of fun!), the RA’s (Resident Assistants of housing) at Mercyhurst University allowed their students to smash pies into their faces.

“Event leaders organized a ‘pie your RA’ program that required a donation to get a pie,” said Bethany Brun, the Coordinator of Service Learning at Mercyhurst. “Many of the RA’s who participated have served meals at the soup kitchen on Saturdays,” she continued. “So all proceeds from the event were to benefit the Emmaus Soup Kitchen.”

In addition to the “pie” funds raised by students, “...

Erie Insurance Charity Golf Tournament

Erie Insurance Charity Golf Tournament

For the second year in a row, Nat Burnside, CEO of Maple Donuts Erie, and his three golfing companions participated in the Erie Insurance Charity Golf Tournament to raise money for Emmaus Ministries.

This year, the Maple Donuts team took 8th place out of 24 teams, raising $3,000 for Emmaus. The tournament was held at the Kahkwa Club in Erie on Monday, September 17.

Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly joined the team after the tournament for dinner and the awards ceremony. “I’m impressed by the commitment of Erie Insurance and all the golfers to support the nonprofits of Erie,” Breanna said. “Every team left the tournament...

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.

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 September

Today, two children from the soup kitchen came into the Emmaus Grove Garden. They were so excited to pick carrots and tomatoes – but weren’t as excited to pick the green beans. Running from one bed to another, they gathered a few pounds of veggies to take home. As they left, I heard them tell their mother: “Mom, we need to get a garden at our house!”


Since the end of June, over 180 individual women have called Emmaus asking for help with paying rent or other bills in order to keep their families in a stable living situation. One hundred and eighty!


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.

+ Rita A. (Alexandrowicz) Urbaniak

+ Jim "Bugsy" Hammond

+ John M. Cianella

+ Margaret Salzman Heberlein Thomas

+ Kay Hardner (vol)

+ Genevieve (Sienkiewicz) Skrzypczak

+ Gertrude Ann (Belczyk) Zawistowski

+ Edward J. Kaliszewski

+ Cathleen "Cathy" T. Quirk

+ Ruth Carter Meyer

+ John Joseph "Skip" Gasper

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