The Frank Friar2019-05-05T11:00:08-04:00

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 204: Cultivating Vocations

My province has begun our year of vocations. The episode today is about that topic of vocation. My thoughts come at the request of a listener who reached out to me via my social media account. We all play a role in helping people to hear the presence of God, may we continue to be a source of support for those discerning vocations in the Church.

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 16th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 203: Our Healer

Christ is our healer. Christ as our healer is the theme for this episode today. The foundation for this reflection comes from the Gospel reading we heard at the Mass this past weekend (28th Sunday in Ordinary time Year C). We are all broken and in need of healing. Fortunately, for us the hands of our king are healing hands.

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By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 202: Our Year of Vocations

My province has begun are year of vocations. In the episode today I speak about why we are having it, what we are doing, why it is important, and what you can do to support it. Enjoy!

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 9th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 201: Be Back at the Parish in DA Bronx

I’m Back all Y’all! For the episode today I share with you the first impactful I had during my return.  I pray it helps you in your life of community at your local parish.

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By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 200: Saying Thanks

Today, I express my gratitude for you all my listeners as I celebrate my 200th episode!

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By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments