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 admiring a Marian image at Emmaus

Dear Friends of Emmaus, Like most Catholic girls who grew up in the 40’s and 50’s I had a great devotion to Mary. My family prayed the daily rosary together, made 9-day novenas to her, and recited her litany during weekly Marian services...

For the Record

Erie Insurance Sock Drive

Shaun Choffel from Erie Insurance Westport delivers items gathered during the first week of their two-week Sock Drive for Emmaus.

“While the calendar says April is here and spring has sprung in most parts of the country, Erie PA has other plans,” wrote Lauren Casey in an email to her colleagues at Erie Insurance’s Westport location in the beginning of the month. Lauren, who organized a previous collection for Emmaus Ministries, organized this “Sock Drive” when she learned that most of Erie’s warming shelters close on April 1st.

“Erie residents know that Erie weather follows its own set of rules as to when it will warm up,” she continued, “and the response to the Sock Drive at Westport was incredible.” Less than a week after her initial email went out, Sock...

Golden Harvest Drive

Golden Harvest Drive with Gannon University's Honor Societies

Emmaus Ministries benefited from the annual Golden Harvest Food and Toiletries Drive organized by Gannon University’s Honor Societies.

“To help combat hunger in Erie,” students knocked on doors in the Gannon and downtown Erie neighborhoods, requesting easily-made food items such as Easy Mac and cereal, along with soap and toothpaste.

“One in three people in Erie County seek assistance through food pantries, soup kitchens, and other meal programs,” said the pamphlet they handed out to neighbors. Donations were distributed to six locations in Erie that serve the hungry. Emmaus Ministries was grateful to receive six boxes of...

Church of the Cross at Sister Gus' Kids Cafe

Carol Seib and Karen Vandervort organizing books at the Kids Cafe

“While cleaning at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe, I just kept thinking about the kids and praying for them,” said Nancy Daniel, of the Church of the Cross. “‘Who will be sitting here tomorrow?’ I thought, and then said a special prayer for that child.”

Nancy, along with a dozen others, volunteered to clean the Kids Cafe as a part of their church organized book discussion groups. Three groups from the Church of the Cross read the same book, Renegade Gospel, The Rebel Jesus by Mike Slaughter. In their reading and fellowship, the groups felt called to act upon their Christian faith and “step outside the norm of just going to church to also...

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.

Volunteer Profile: Marie Wolf

Marie Wolf

Today I was the sous chef at the soup kitchen. Marie Wolf, a volunteer at the soup kitchen and food pantry for seven years, brought me in and taught me how to prepare a meal for 150 people. We prepared pulled pork, potatoes with butter and garlic, fresh fruit, chili, and chicken and rice soup. I had plenty of questions for Marie. Because of all these questions I had, I decided to do an interview with Marie so others could learn, too, what Marie does when she works with Emmaus' cook, Shirley Whaley, in 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 May 14-18

“Hi,” said the woman on the other side of the phone, “My name is Pam and I often come to the food pantry. Whenever I come, Sisters Claire and Lucia always welcome me and ask how I’m doing. I haven’t been in a while – because of my work schedule – but I just wanted to call and let them know I’m doing well.”


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.

+ John Joseph "Skip" Gasper

+ Michael J. "Mick" Dragoone

+ Charles "Chuck" G. Lindenberger

+ Ann M. Skapura DiMarco (vol)

+ Della Josephine (Rizzo) Delio

+ Ruth (Spiegel) Gray

+ John J. Suminski Jr.

+ Richard Donikowski

+ David A. Waltz

+ Hans-Jorgen Gronborg

+ Stanley John Malesiewski

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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