The Frank Friar2019-05-05T11:00:08-05:00

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 223: We are the Nations

Today, I am reflecting upon the feast of the Epiphany. The theme for the episode is about our identity as ‘The Nations.’ My parish in the Bronx is a prime example of this reality. Diversity and Unity are just a few things I talk about in this episode today.

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By |January 6th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 222: The Gift of the Jewish People

On December 28th a group of Jewish were attacked during a Hanukkah celebration. Today, I speak about the gift of the Jewish people in my life. I also speak about the dangers of language around these issues and anti-Semitism. My god continue to bless the Jewish people.

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By |January 1st, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 221: The Holy Family and A Necessary Question for Our Families

Today, I speak about the reading from Colossians during the feast of the Holy Faith. Families are not just built on blood but also virtue. We are called to cultivate virtue in our families. Reflecting on this call means asking ourselves an important question I bring up in the episode today.

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By |December 30th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 220: Christmas and The Vulnerability of Love

Today, I speak about my preparation for Christmas and a conviction that rose up in my heart thanks to Saint Paul.

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By |December 25th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 219: A Thread of Providence

Today, I speak about an experience I had recently in the Bronx. This experience is one of those tapestry moments I’ve spoken about on the podcast before which brings us back to the joy of God’s providence.

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By |December 23rd, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments