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 210: Instagram: A Necessary Reality Check

I do a lot of social media work. One of the platforms I use is Instagram. This app is brought up regularly in my ministry at the school in my parish. Today, I speak about one of the dangers of Instagram and how we need to respond to it for the sake of the children entrusted to our families and parishes.

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 |November 13th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 209: Purification: It Is More Than a No

November is a month when the Church calls us to think about death. One of the practices during this month is praying for the dead. From the practice many conversations around the topic of purgatory arise. The term purgatory has in it the term and idea of purification. Today, I speak about that concept of purification and some good ways to think about it.

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By |November 11th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 208: A Child’s Experience with Beauty

The episode is based on an experience I had this past All Saints day. A little boy had his heart moved by the beautiful music at the Mass. I share that experience with that boy with you all today. God Bless!

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 |November 6th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 207: Our Public Faith

Part of the Zacchaeus story from the Mass this previous Sunday has really stayed with me. I speak about that part is in the episode today.

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By |November 4th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 206: Learning from Aromatic Smells

One of the things I incorporated in my life from my amputation is the use of aromatic candles. I use these smells to help my emotional self. Using these smells over the past few months has been a great learning experience for me. I speak about some of the things I’ve learned from while using these candles. Smell is a gift from God we are called to cultivate and appreciate.

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