The Frank Friar 2019-05-05T11:00:08-04:00

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 165: We Are A Freed People

What is meant t be a free person? What does it mean to be a free people? How are we to understand how freedom is spoken about in the bible? These are only a few questions I wrestle with in the episode today.

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By | May 27th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 164: Marian Day 2019 and the Need for Docility

Here is a bit of a longer podcast episode. The episode is a recording from my recent conference for the Lay Carmelites of our Province. I speak about docility. That is the virtue and the lens for the talk. There is a Q/A part at the end of the conference. You will notice I stumble over my words sometimes because my mind goes faster then my tongue. I hope you enjoy this conference and helps you along your faith journey.

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 | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 163: Limb loss, Chaos, and The Book of Revelation

I’m Back. I apologize for being away for two months, but I did loss a limb (I type that with humor). In the podcast today, I talk a little bit about losing a limb and the chaos it is causing me. Within that chaos our recent reading from the Book of Revelation at the recent Sunday Mass has been helpful for me. So, I speak about it. I hope my thoughts help you on our faith journey.

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 | May 20th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 162: Washed in the Blood of Christ Preparing for Confession

Recently, I was reading the book Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.  He was writing about confession in the light of the Sacred Blood of Jesus.  This is an important image for us to carry during Lent as we embrace the gift that is the sacrament of confession. 

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By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 161: Confronting Our Idols of Jesus

During the 2nd Sunday of Lent we here about the Transfiguration of Christ.  This moment within the life of Christ offers the disciple so many insights to the heart of Christ that this moment can never be exhausted.  Today, I offer an insight from a Carmelite perspective that speaks about living a life when we are given moments before the glory of God.  These moments do present to us a danger we must always be careful about within our lives of discipleship. 

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 | March 18th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments