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The Frank Friar 2018-08-23T20:47:50+00:00

My name is Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, O. Carm. I am a Carmelite Friar in the Catholic Church. I was born and raised in rural Michigan, and have a farm boy’s heart. I serve in the Archdiocese of New York via the St. Elias Province of the Carmelite Order. I served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. I love to read and walk through nature. I enjoy sharing my Carmelite Spirituality through my, YouTube channel, podcast, and blog. I graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. and the Catholic University of America with a M.Div. and S.T.B. My YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar. My only presence is known by the name ‘The Frank Friar.’

​The Frank Friar Podcast is just that ‘frank.’ Why? Because each podcast episode is like a mini-retreat for your day. It is a way for you to receive quickly little spiritual insights from the Carmelite Tradition with in the Catholic Church. If you want to have little words of nourishment that will help you grow deeper in the Word of God… To strengthen your allegiance to Jesus Christ through cultivation of a pure heart and stout conscience… And to finally, build up your personal prayer life!!! Please make sure to subscribe to The Frank Friar podcast and allow the gift of Carmel to have a place in your life.

The Frank Friar – Episode 120: A Mountain Peak and How we See

Recently, I’ve been preparing a talk I am offering to a group of Carmelite sisters. Today, I offer the first part of that insight that deals with a mountain and how we are called to see. The need for us to change and be open to a shift in ways of journeying and our perspective need to be open to the conversation process. Let us not be afraid for the new journey our Lord is always calling us too.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 119: St. Teresa of Avila and The Vocation to Sainthood

The episode comes out on the Feast day of St. Teresa of Jesus (avila). My encounter with her lead me into the Carmelite Order. Today, I talk about this encounter and her impact on me. Also, how the personality of a saint may aid us in our call to holiness. 

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 118: A Thought about Marriage

I had a marriage that I officiated for two friends of mine recently.  It was a beautiful day.  Also, the Gospel from the 27th Sunday of ordinary time offered us the words of Jesus about Marriage.  In the episode today, I speak about am important incent about marriage that I do not hear being spoken about much lately.  The Married life bears witness to something greater than just the couple.  Listen today to find out what I am speaking about.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me.  You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 117: Talking About Suicide

Today, I am talking about suicide. Why? Because, a family member of mine committed suicide at the beginning of the month of September. I am from a rural culture and this is a word people do not talk about, for many reasons. Yet, I believe the fear from speaking about this topic keeps things in the darkness and might continue a cycle of pain. If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar

By | October 8th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 116: Speaking the Truth

Today, I reflect on Ephesians 4: 25-29. I am thinking about this passage considering fraternal correction. I offer thoughts about needing to speak the truth and the need to reflect about how we are called to do it. Love drives out fear, so we need to speak the truth in live, in the courage the Spirit provides. If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments