St James Emmaus Ministry

October 19, 2016

Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse, Inc., is now a 501 (c) 3, not for profit organization. All donations are exempt from federal taxation!


October 6, 2016

Work is in progress for the future home of EMMAUS MINISTRY at 4335 South Salina Street! 






September 4, 2016


September 4, 2016

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.



August 1, 2016

May 31, 2016


April 12, 2016

Holy Cross volunteers assemble personal care gift bags and activity packs for the homeless women and children at Catholic Charities Emergency Shelter for Women.

Activity packs for children

Activity packs for homeless children



March 30, 2016
JANUARY 31, 2016

Thank you to the eighteen Confirmation Candidates from Most Holy Rosary that participated in Emmaus Ministry’s Service Retreat yesterday! Candidates experienced first hand an encounter with Christ through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy extended to the homeless and isolated.

Baggies filled with foot powder was a big hit!
Baggies filled with foot powder was a big hit!
The %22pasta meal%22 team after being told by a shelter resident, %22...the best meal I've had in six months!%22
The “pasta meal” team after being told by a shelter resident, “…the best meal I’ve had in six months!”


JANUARY 23, 2016


January 23rd is the feast of St. Marianne Cope.  St. Marianne Cope is known for many accomplishments as a Sister of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis based in Syracuse, New York. One being, is her work to establish what is now known as, Saint Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse and was instrumental in establishing the practice of good hand washing in the prevention of spreading germs in the hospital setting.  Personally, I am most in awe of the faith and courage she displayed in 1883, when she said, “Yes” to King Kalakaua’s plea, to help care for the outcasts suffering with Hansen’s disease on the island of Moloka’i.  Fifty religious orders had already said “No.”

Emmaus Ministry’s beginnings too, started with a “Yes” to a call by the then Pastor, Father Manno to go beyond the comfort and familiar walls of St. James Church in Syracuse.  The challenge was how to bring the presence of Christ to others, to put the Gospels into action and reach out to the poor, homeless and isolated living in neighborhoods and areas beset with poverty, addictions and crime.  To bring hope, the love of Christ to all, to unconditionally accept, love and develop relationships with those we typically shun…the outcasts and isolated in Syracuse in 2008.  To bring the Catholic Church out from inside the brick and mortar walls.  Thus, it was fitting that the space in which Emmaus Ministry operates from now is called, “The Saint Marianne Cope Center for Outreach”.

This is now a wonderful opportunity to launch our new website and challenge others to be of service, embrace and honor all life and to recognize the resurrected Christ in the eyes of the poor and needy.  Pope Francis is a beautiful example of unconditional love and to go beyond ourselves…to the peripheries… to joyfully proclaim the Gospels while extending merciful acts to others! 

Welcome to Emmaus Ministry!

God bless,

Sheila Austin, R.N.

Director of St. James Emmaus Ministry