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February 28, 2013

WHO WE ARE PROFILE: Sister Nora Frost

GOSHEN — Sister Nora Frost is a Consecrated Lutheran Sister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a Board Certified Chaplain. She is the spiritual care coordinator and chaplain at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

How did you get into this calling?

I was singing opera in Germany after university where I had been a voice major. I believe deep in my heart I always knew that I wanted to serve in the church as I had been very active at the local and Synodical level through high school and college. One day I picked up the phone in Leipzig, Germany and called the Mother House in Philadelphia. Sister Sophie told me that if I could get back to the states in the next two weeks it would be possible for me to have an interview with the directing sister of the community as well as an interview at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Where did you grow up? I actually grew up at Simonton Lake on the north side of Elkhart. During college my parents moved into Elkhart to be closer to an aunt, grandfather and sister-in-law all who had cancer at the time.

How long have you lived here?

After Seminary I returned to Elkhart and did a year of internship at my home parish — Grace Lutheran Church. I stayed on staff there until 1980 when I began two years of clinical pastoral educational residencies at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. During that time I served part time at First English Lutheran Church in Mishawaka as their music director and started a preschool. I then lived 8 and a half years in Chicago and 12 and a half years in Philadelphia before returning to Elkhart in 2005 to care for my ailing father. After his death I came to Goshen Hospital as the spiritual care coordinator/chaplain in 2010.

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