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 270: Life During Our Times

Today, I am reflecting on the 1st reading from the Second book of Kings from the Mass this previous Sunday (2 Kngs 4). We see the Prophet Elisha encountering a woman with a barren womb. I believe there is much we can learn from this woman that can aid us in our current times and I touch upon an aspect of that in the episode.

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By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 269: Life During Our Times

Today, I address what was going on with me and why I was away for two weeks.

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By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 268: Seeing yourself and Avoiding Moments of Toxicity

In the episode I reflect on the recent looting and riot in my local area of the Bronx. I talk about what a brother and I did that night and what was the inner movements of my heart. What can we learn about from that moment? Is a question I wrestle with in the episode today.

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By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 267: The word Might

The Gospel passage from Trinity Sunday conveys a needed word for our reflection “might.” That is a window into a life that is open to us by belief and the need to also conform ourselves to that belief. So, in the episode today I wrestle with that word “might.”

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By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 266: The Joy of New Life and Caring for It

I have a new goddaughter. In the episode today I reflect on that and the gift of life in the Church’s ministry. I hope we all can keep reflecting on our lives as we strive to proclaim Christ and minister to him in the world.

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 3rd, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments