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
Valerie Luckey

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

It was the most extraordinary of times. It was the most ordinary of times. The extraordinary times need no explanation—COVID-19 changed all our lifestyles and routines. Emmaus was no exception.

For the Record

SONS of Lake Erie Fish Fry at the Soup Kitchen

For more information, see local news coverage.

Erie News Now
Your Erie

A Busy Start to the Week at the Food Pantry

Sister Lucia with pantry volunteer Sly

With both a furniture giveaway and voter registration drive, Emmaus Food Pantry was busier than usual on Monday morning. Regular food distribution runs from 9-11AM every Monday and Tuesday, but yesterday Sister Colette Korn, OSB also helped to organize donated items to give away to guests, items including furniture such as sofas, dressers, desks, and mattresses. This was a special giveaway as a generous benefactor recently moved and offered these pieces. Sister Colette also had children’s books, clothing, and household items available. This is not the first time she has helped with giveaways; there have been two others since Erie entered...

Emmaus Participates in Virtual Nuns on the Bus Tour

Nuns on the Bus 2020

With so many events—large and small—adjusted, postponed, or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nuns on the Bus, an annual social justice bus tour sponsored by the Catholic advocacy group NETWORK, had to adapt as well.

So prior to the national presidential election in 2020, NETWORK has organized a virtual bus tour to address issues that are part of the Catholic social justice agenda. “Since Nuns on the Bus could not go on the road as planned, they asked organizations like Emmaus to share how federal policies can affect the people it serves both for better and for the worse,” said Breanna...

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 Debbie Robertson

Debbie Robertson

Debbie Robertson has been showing up faithfully to Emmaus Ministries for over two decades as both a soup kitchen and food pantry volunteer. Emmaus staff member Sister Valerie Luckey interviewed Debbie on a Tuesday morning at the food pantry.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By the Emmaus Ministries staff

December 3, 2020

Bernie makes her own face masks. One day while handing her dinner through the window, I complimented it. “What kind of animals do you like?” she responded. “Cats? Dogs? Dolphins?” I love dogs so I told her that. “I usually ask $3 for them. I’ll make you a mask with puppies on it,” she said and walked away. The next week, I found a little baggie in the office of the soup kitchen with my name on it. Inside was a handmade mask with dogs on it. “Is this from Bernie?” I asked Brian, out maintenance man, when he came in. “I didn’t pay her for it!” In line with his truest character, Brian nonchalantly responded: “I covered it. No worries.” —Breanna Mekuly

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.

+ Joseph V. Martone

+ Joseph J. Desser

+ Ronald N. "Ronnie" Sitter

+ Barbara A. Cunic Esper (vol)

+ Agnes S. (Kaliszewski) Kinem

+ Theresa C, Czupkowski Snyder

+ Rosemary (McCabe) Kaveney (vol)

+ Marie E. (Lubelski) Kuzmin

+ Cynthia Hauser Manna

+ "Connie" Bruno Ratajczak (vol)

+ Joseph Nies

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