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 177: Ecumenism and The Holy Thirst

Today, I speak about a book a received recently called Holy Thirst. It is a book about main themes in Carmelite Spirituality. It speaks about the themes through offering a litany of Carmelite quotes in and around that topic. The book came out through Paraclete Press. This publisher has ecumenism as purpose for their existence. In the episode I speak a little bit about ecumenism and the role/place of Carmel in that work. Here is a link if you wish to look up this book: https://paracletepress.com/collections/new-releases/products/holy-thirst

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By |July 8th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 176: A Diner’s Menu: A Lesson in Freedom

The area of NY I am in has a lot of Greek diners. I love these diners, but their menus are huge. In the episode today, I talk about an experience my dad had at one of these diners. His experience offers us a way to reflect on freedom and the Christian life. With July 4th being upon us I think it is important to ponder over the freedom given to us from the Lord. May we never become slaves to the flesh but remain free in the Spirit.

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By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 175: Being Challenged By A Name

In this episode I reflect on a reading from the 1st book of Kings when the Prophet Elijah visits Elisha. The names of these two men challenge us to reflect about our relationship to our idols and God. The prophets unsettle the heart, so the heart can reflect on the foundation it rests upon. Is our heart resting on the cold stone of idols or on the Sacred Heart of Jesus? I hope this episode helps to see your heart with evermore clarity.

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By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 174: Insights from Saint Luke and the Eucharist

For the episode today, I speak a little bit about the Gospel from the Feast of Corpus Christi this past weekend. Luke introduces the multiplication of the loaves and fishes by Christ teaching about the Kingdom and healing of the sick. What can we learn from this act of St. Luke? I address that question today.

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By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 173: Enders Island and the Carmelite family

This past weekend, June 22-23, I was in Mystic, CT on Enders Island. I was asked to help with a Lay Carmelite Retreat weekend. It was an amazing weekend. Why? Amazing weather and time with their family, what more could be asked for? This weekend has given my heart a lot of joy. I speak about that joy today with you all.

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 24th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments