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The Frank Friar 2018-06-18T07:25:28+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 92: A New Sister in Carmel and a Thought of Vocations

Today, I share about witnessing a young woman profess her vows in the Order of Carmel. I offer an insight on the liturgy for you all. However, I offer a challenge also for those discerning a vocation to religious life. 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 | June 13th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 91: Santeria, the Devil, and Our Joyful Response

A week ago, a group of Santeria practitioners placed many different Santeria items outside our Catholic Church in the Bronx. In this podcast, I talk about our response as a parish and what it means for these people to leave this items at our Church. I believe this is an event that calls for Joy and Hope in our response. Listen to day why I think those things are necessary. 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 | June 11th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 90: The Words of Our Stories

At my parish in the Bronx we have two pre-K through 8th grade schools. Right now, all our 8th grade students are saying goodbye and thinking about high school. As a parish we are offering them 8th grade retreats to help them process what they are going through. Part of those retreats has me giving them a talk. My talks this year have focused on the idea of stories. One of the things I mentioned to them is that each of our stories being with the same words. Listen today to find out those words and how they impact our very lives. 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 | June 6th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 89: A Lesson From My Father and the Eucharist

We just celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi. As a priest I spend a lot of time preparing my homilies. As I was preparing for this feast day my mind kept going to a lesson from my father about life in the woods. As I pondered that lesson I offer it to you and the insight it offers us on the Eucharist. 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 | June 4th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 88: A Barrier to Prayer

As I reflect about my time of recovery my mind goes to the relationship between my times of prayer and reading. Many good things can become barriers to our life of prayer. In today’s podcast, I reflect upon how we can have barriers to our lives of prayer from the goods we have cultivated. “What are our barriers to prayer?” is an important question we cannot be afraid to ask ourselves. Take care my brothers and sisters know I am praying for you. 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 30th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments