Jill Kress

Jill Kress

Jill Kress

Program Coordinator – Austin, Houston, San Antonio
JVC Detroit 99
Email: jkress@jesuitvolunteers.org

Fun Fact: She’s from Pittsburgh and loves her Pirates, Penguins and Steelers.


What passions and experiences have brought you to JVC’s staff?

My own experience as an undergraduate in campus ministry, followed by a year of service in JVC. Seeing that I could really live my faith was transformative, and I am eager to help shape an environment that fosters these transformations for others.


Where did you go to college and how did the experience shape you?

I earned a BA in History from Millersville University of PA, and a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union. I loved history because it’s about stories and how we understand the past and it helped me to understand the ‘lens’ through which I view the world. History was a great foundation for studying theology and ministry.


What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?

I like to bake and knit. They are both creative activities–take a pile of flour, some eggs and sugar and it could be cookies (which I love to share with coworkers). Same with knitting – sticks and string create any number of items. I enjoy the process!


Who is your role model and why?

Jane Addams – she helped define social work as a profession, and chose to use her life in the service of others. She cared deeply for others and worked to bring about peace.


What makes you laugh?

Being with kids. Knock-knock jokes. Silly puns. My coworkers, at least once a day.


What do you wish other people knew about JVC?

It is not *just* a service program, but a springboard for how to live. So much of my life AFTER my JVC experience has been shaped by the values I learned and continued to grow in as a JV.


What is your favorite passage from the bible and why?

Micah 6:8, also popularized in the song “We Are Called.” That’s what it’s all about, to live and love and pray in alignment with God and creation.