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 229: Zebulun and Naphtali

From our recent Sunday reading from Matthew chapter 4 we heard about the places and tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali. One can easily race over these names to the call of the apostles by the seaside, but these names tell us something about the light of Christ that all nations are called into via Christ. I speak about those names in the episode today. Enjoy!

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By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 228: To Be Evangelized

Today, I speak about a bit of wisdom from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross on evangelization. To evangelize means we must first be evangelized. So, what does that mean? I wrestle with that question in the episode today.

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By |January 22nd, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 227: Rage, Idolatry, and A Book…

Recently, there was a large bit of online turmoil around the release of a new book written by Cardinal Sarah with Pope Benedict. For at least 48 hours it was crazy on Catholic Twitter. Reflecting on this event and considering a recent book I’m Reading by Stephen Greenblatt (Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics) on the issue of factions in the Church. I hope we can all learn from this unnecessary and imprudent drama from Catholic Twitter.

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By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 226: The Priest Shortage and an Insight

Recently, in the calendar of Carmel we celebrated the Feast of Saint Andrew Corsini, O. Carm.. He was a man that we can learn from in our own times. What are one of the things we can learn? How to respond to the priest shortage in different areas of the Church around the world. I hope this insight helps us respond to the needs of the Church now.

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By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 225: Baptism and the House of the Lord

Today, I am reflecting on the Baptism of the Lord. I see in this feast our showing us his skill as a carpenter. He has come to build a house of and for God. Where and why? Are questions I wrestle with in the episode. Enjoy!

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By |January 13th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments