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 a Field Trip to the Children's Museum

Playing doctor at the Children's Museum

In the summer program, children who attend the Kids Cafe typically go to a playground or water fountain on outings – all of which are enjoyable. But the field trip they took to the Children’s Museum in mid-July was a rare treat.

“I liked being a doctor,” said 11-year-old Destinee as she recounted her recent visit to the Erie Children’s Museum. “People came in to my office and I wrapped up their broken legs and made them walk out on crutches!”

Thirteen-year-old Tyrell added: “She also gave us all shots before she wrapped up our legs!”

“The shots were just to numb the pain before I had to do surgery,” said Destinee,...

New Volunteer Group

Nick (second from left) and friends

The passing of beloved Emmaus Soup Kitchen guest, Tom, was both a sad time and an opportunity. While Emmaus staff and volunteers grieved at Tom’s funeral, a neighbor of Tom’s introduced himself to Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, and asked if his group of young Catholic friends could volunteer at the kitchen.

“Tom had a good soul as anyone who knew him would say,” said Tom’s neighbor Nick Helsenberg. “And my friends and I have been looking for a place to do some service. When I met Sister Mary, it felt like God had brought us together at Tom’s funeral.”

Nick, a carpenter by trade, is heavily involved in...

$30,000 Gift to Emmaus

Sister Mary with other recipients of the fund

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Food Council recently dissolved and shared $530,000 with local non-profits, including $30,000 with Emmaus Ministries.

While publicly receiving the check from the Council, Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, announced: “We will designate the full $30,000 to buy food to serve at the soup kitchen, providing meals for the most impoverished people in Erie.”

When it dissolved, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Food Council, an organization of family-owned grocery stores and wholesale food suppliers, gave its funds to the Erie Community Foundation for distribution. Eleven organizations in...

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 June 2019

Joan was in line at the Food Pantry when she asked Marie, a volunteer, if she knows if we have any clothes. “We don’t often have clothes,” said Marie, “because we’re not able to store them here. Which means we aren’t able to take donations either. But… what size are you looking for, just in case I hear of anything?” Joan responded. A woman standing behind Joan asked: “If you don’t mind me asking, where are you staying?” Joan responded. The woman said: “My daughter just unexpectedly moved out. Instead of graduating high school this month, she just up and left, leaving behind everything. I have clothes, shoes, jewelry, everything. I have no clue where she went. Do you want it? If so, I’ll drop it off at the place you’re staying.”


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.

+ LaVerne Carver

+ Mildred "Millie" Kuntz

+ Etherl M.Van Volkenburg

+ Carney E. Vensel

+ Alfonce A. "Al" Bucheral

+ Lawrence Richard "Larry" Baumann

+ Harold L. (Ike) Stein

+ John C. Koehler

+ Richard L. Hofmann

+ Elaine Marie Schwab

+ Millicent Cook Krzewinski Fedorchak

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