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

Silent Peace Walk at Emmaus Grove

Silent Peace Walk at Emmaus Grove

It was fitting that the Silent Peace Walk in May, sponsored by Benedictines for Peace, took place in a garden, a reminder of new beginnings and new life. Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School was the place chosen for the monthly walk where participants are invited to “walk in silence, single-file, and bring peace step-by-step to your family, community, nation, world, and all of creation.”

About 50 people walked silently for 20 minutes through the Emmaus Grove and around the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House on a cloudy May evening.

Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, opened the walk with a short statement...

The Nonprofit's Guide to Homelessness Training

Emmaus' Ray and Bruce role playing with the guidance of Ryan Dowd (right).

Emmaus social worker Rita Scrimenti found that a national training session on interacting with the homeless that she attended a few months ago at Erie County Blasco Library was extremely helpful in dealing with the low-income urban population that she serves. So helpful, in fact, that she wanted Emmaus Ministries and as many Erie non-profits as possible exposed to the “new insights, skills, and techniques” that she learned.

“It occurred to me at the time,” Rita continued, “that a resource of this magnitude could be a welcome and enriching opportunity for all Emmaus staff and many Soup Kitchen volunteers.” So she worked with...

Outreach Day

Students from Villa on Outreach Day

Emmaus Soup Kitchen received an intense four-hour cleaning thanks to 13 students from Villa Maria Academy who chose the kitchen during the school’s annual service day. And by intense, we mean they scrubbed tables, chairs, windows, walls, fans, and even bathrooms.

Some students also helped prepare the meal for the dinner by cutting up vegetables and preparing the chicken casserole.

The young women chose to serve at Emmaus on their Outreach Day with the intent to “have an impact on a local nonprofit,” as senior Gabby explained. Her friend Jessica chimed in, “We want to assist the food kitchen in serving people in our area who...

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 April

There’s a family that comes to the soup kitchen regularly. The mom has four children, all under the age of six. Tonight, two of them came running in the door, greeting me in their usual manner of yelling: “Hi best friend!” Their brother, a five-year-old, brought me a flower he had just picked from a neighbor’s yard. It’s so nice to be recognized and adored.


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 C. Koehler

+ Richard L. Hofmann

+ Elaine Marie Schwab

+ Millicent Cook Krzewinski Fedorchak

+ Harold L. (Ike) Stein

+ Charles E. Horn

+ William Dougherty (vol)

+ Dorothy E. Straub Detisch Batcho

+ Robert J. "Bob" Gutting

+ William "Bill" Francis Liebel Jr (vol)

+ Albert "Al" Harry Clement

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