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
Catherine Simon
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 do believe Sister Joan Chittister’s words, “We can only live in such a way that every night there is something for which to be grateful and every morning there is something for which to get up.” But lately it’s been more difficult to put into practice. The ongoing pandemic, the rupture of the country into vile rhetoric and lack of concern for the common good, the agony of Afghanistan and Haiti, the dire reports and daily evidence of climate change…all of these can paralyze hope. All of these can make me want to pull the covers over my head and stay in bed when morning arrives. Purpose? What purpose?

For the Record

A New Coordinator at the Kids Cafe

Breanna with Willow

In March, after eight years of service as the coordinator of the Kids Cafe, Stephanie Grear moved onto a new position in the Department of Corrections. Emmaus welcomed staff member, Breanna Mekuly as its new coordinator. The Kids Cafe re-opened to children under Covid guidelines in March as well. Breanna shares some of her background and hopes for the program.

Q: What excites you the most about being the KC coordinator?
A: I’m looking forward to creating spaces for the children to laugh and have fun along with spaces where they can explore who they are and grow into who they want to be: What are their hopes and dreams? What...

Lenten Walk Benefits Emmaus

Dave at the Y

It was a marathon and then some for Dave Piotrowicz when he walked 45 miles at the YMCA during Lent to support Emmaus Ministries and other organizations. Shortly after Christmas, Dave said that he talked to God about an idea he had, and “God answered me,” he shared. “I went to the East Side YMCA and asked if they would let me use their facility to walk laps each morning during Lent as a fundraiser.”

Starting on Ash Wednesday and ending on Good Friday, Dave ended up walking 900 laps, 300 more than originally planned. Word of mouth spread, and donations begin coming Dave’s way. More than 50 people donated to the walk, and by Easter,...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Earth Day at the Kids Cafe

Kids along with KC staff Breanna and Ebony holding their completed tote bags

To celebrate Earth Day this year, the children attending the Kids Cafe practiced the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. They created sturdy tote bags from gently worn t-shirts.

The bags were an idea of the Kids Cafe’s cook, Carly DiFuccia, who suggested this year for Earth Day we “teach the children about recycling and reusing in order to save single use plastics from going to the landfill.” The tote bags required just two items: a t-shirt and scissors. The staff precut the sleeves and neck line out of the shirts and then the children cut strips into the bottom of the shirts and tied them together. They then decorated the bags...

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 Darrell Meyers

Darrell with his grandson, Craig

The volunteers who show up at Emmaus day in and day out create the heartbeat of the ministry. Darrell Meyers has been part of that rhythm at the soup kitchen for over two decades.

Soup's On: An Emmaus Journal

By the Emmaus Ministries staff

March 24, 2021

While serving dinner at the soup kitchen the other evening, the bell rang at the back door. That usually means someone has come to drop off a donation. The 85 year-old woman who brought the donation said, “You might need a cart. There is a lot in my car.” Pushing the cart we currently use to move boxed dinners from the serving counter to the window where we distribute them, I went outside. Inside her car were bags and bags and bags of boxed snacks, apples, oranges, pasta…“You name it,” as they say.

As I brought in load after load, she said to me so sweetly, “When I have extra money, I love to go and buy food for the soup kitchen.”

I thought to myself, “When I have extra money, I love to go buy a new shirt for myself.”

Someone’s heart is in the right place.

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.

+ Neil J. Dietrich

+ Robert P. "Bob" David

+ Joan Sosnowski Menosky

+ Bertha Mae Weismiller

+ Dolores L. Akerly Suminski

+ Joan Felege Rutkowski

+ Joseph A. "Joe" Borawski

+ Charles W. "Charlie" Farrell

+ Jay A. Smith

+ Gerard "Jerry" T Uht Sr

+ Earl W Brieger

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:
New Sweatpants (unisex; children's sizes 6-18 and adult size small)
New Sweatshirts (unisex; children's sizes 6-18 and adult size small)
New Girl's Jeans/long pants/leggings (children's sizes 6-18 and adult sizes small and medium)
Permanent Markers
Used Hardcover Books (for art projects)
Used Magazines
Lotion (especially cocoa butter, shea butter, and moisturizing lotion)
Pencil Sharpeners
Water Color Paper
Washable Acrylic Paint
Christmas Toys (for children ages 6-14)

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