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 315: St. Joseph The Man of Justice: Part 3

I am continuing our series on St. Joseph. Today, I speak about the title the decree gives us on St. Joseph as the Man of Justice.  Under that title we are given an act to do to gain the plenary indulgence.  I hope this episode helps you embrace the year of St. Joseph.

If you like my podcast, please subscribe to the podcast; it really helps me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar.

By |January 18th, 2021|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 314: St. Joseph The Authentic Man of Faith: Part 2

I am continuing our series on St. Joseph. Today, I speak about the title the decree gives us on St. Joseph as the authentic man of faith.  Under that title we are given an act to do to gain the plenary indulgence.  I hope this episode helps you embrace the year of St. Joseph.

If you like my podcast, please subscribe to the podcast; it really helps me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar.

By |January 13th, 2021|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 313: Seekers of Truth

Today, I am reflecting on the events that accord in Washington, D.C. on Jan 6th, 2021.  I am thinking about them in the light given to us through our reading of the Prophet Isaiah from the Mass this past weekend.  Truth sets us free and gives us the courage to be children of light.

If you like my podcast, please subscribe to the podcast; it really helps me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar.

By |January 11th, 2021|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 312: St. Joseph and an Indulgence, and What to Do: Part 1

We are in the Year of St. Joseph.  Our Holy Father is making it possible for the faithful to gain a plenary indulgence through acts rooted on the witness of St. Joseph.  The episode today is part one of a 6-part series on what to do to gain a plenary indulgence during the year of St. Joseph.

If you like my podcast, please subscribe to the podcast; it really helps me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube, at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar.

By |January 6th, 2021|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 311: The Epiphany and Unity

Today, I reflect upon the reading from Isaiah (60:1-6) that we heard at the Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany.  What does this feast day tell us about diversity and unity?  That is the question I seek to address from the wisdom of Isaiah.

If you like my podcast, please subscribe to the podcast; it really helps me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube, at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar.

By |January 4th, 2021|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments