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The Frank Friar 2018-08-19T15:22:01+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 100: Saint Elijah and my 100th episode!

Today is my 100th episode!!! Oh, happy day. July 20th is the feast of St. Elijah. We are one of the only groups in the Western Church that still celebrates old testament figures. For the episode today I wanted to talk about a specific moment in the life of Elijah. As he has been a source of guidance and support for the Carmelites, may he be so for your life also. 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 | July 18th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 99: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Her Feast Day

The episode today is going out on the Feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In the episode I talk about some of the scriptural passages that the Order of Carmel uses for this feast day. This day helps us to recall her maternal embrace through the scapular devotion that has been entrusted to the Order. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for Us. 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 | July 16th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 98: Beauty, a Funeral, and a Thought

I had a funeral in the Parish last week. At my parish we pay to have cantors come and sing at the mass to offer some beauty to the family during their hard times. In the podcast episode I reflect on the people’s response to this moment of beauty. 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 | July 11th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 96: Freedom: Do Good and Avoid Evil!

This episode is going up on July 4th an important day for those in USA. The readings at Mass have us wrestling with the Prophet Amos. Amos should make us all uncomfortable. What is Freedom? What does it mean to be free and to be a Christian in the world? These are just a few ideas I touch upon in the episode today. Happy 4th of July to all my listeners in the USA. 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 | July 9th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 97: Placing Labels on God

The Gospel reading from the 14th Sunday of Ordinary got me thinking. Thinking about what? Our relationship with God. The gospel was the beginning of Mark 6, the passage where the Family of Jesus start to reject him. Within the passage it appears to me that His family has applied a lot of labels onto Jesus, labels that he is breaking. The podcast episode today goes into this topic. 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 | July 9th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments