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Frank Friar Fridays

73 EpisodesProduced by Fr Patrick Baikauskas OPWebsite

Weekly reflections from a Dominican friar.

73 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Reflecting on the deaths of my brother David and my cousin Sharon

January 21st, 2022


How do we grieve?  Do we trust in the love of God to help us in accepting our losses?

What does the wedding feast of Cana have to say to us in these difficult times?

January 14th, 2022


David Brooks has an op-ed piece in today's New York Times that talks about America coming apart at the seams.  That essay and this weekend's readings spoke to me about how we can be the source of what can provide a …

Books I read in 2021 - and I recommend them all

January 7th, 2022


I got to do more reading than ever in this year of challenges.  Here are some suggestions that came from me by way of my listeners.  

As we reflect on the end of the year, how have we changed?

December 31st, 2021


Can we look back on the year and see any changes?  Have there been any epiphanies - moments when we have come to understand something that is very important to us?

The Man Born to be King - a radio play by Dorothy L. Sayers

December 24th, 2021


The Dominican brothers perform a radio play written by the acclaimed British mystery writer Dorothy Sayers, author of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels.  Fourteen Dominican brothers participated in this effort.  We perform …

When I met Bob Dole and what that has to do with Advent

December 17th, 2021


Back in 1997, I met Senator Bob Dole for the first time, and it impressed me in ways that stick with me to this day - and yes, it has something to do …

Part two of my interview with author of the Crisis of Bad Preaching - Fr. Josh Whitfield

December 10th, 2021


This is an interview for everyone who preaches and cares about good preaching.  

The Crisis of Bad Preaching - an interview with the author - Fr. Josh Whitfield

December 3rd, 2021


Former Master of the Dominicans, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe says of Fr. Whitfield's book, "He pulls no punches.  This book offers just the challenge that …

Episode 62 - Recollections of past Thanksgivings

November 26th, 2021


I share memories of previous Thanksgiving days in my life.  

Episode 60 - Carpe diem! How are we at "seizing the day?"

November 12th, 2021


This reflection on the readings for this Sunday - the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - can inspire us to examine how are we doing in recognizing that …

Episode 59 - How do the readings about two widows this Sunday call us to examine our own calls to love one another?

November 5th, 2021


The readings this Sunday and the past two Sundays can be very challenging to us.  What keeps us from truly loving our neighbor as ourselves?

Dealing with mental health issues as a Catholic

October 29th, 2021


This interview with Fr. Nick Monco, OP, now a chaplain at the Benedict Institute of Hope College, reflects on a TED Talk that Fr. Nick gave that …

Interview with missionary doctor working in Haiti

October 22nd, 2021


Dr. Ellen Lawson is an emergency room physician who began her career as a religious sister working in Congo.  Dr. Lawson and I both serve on the board of the St Dominique Foundation that administers an orphanage in …

A review of Sue Monk Kidd's The Book of Longings

October 15th, 2021


Best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd provides a creative setting for the life of Jesus - as a married man.  

Remembering Charlotte Scarcelli

October 8th, 2021


Sort of a little break from the normal program to remember a devoted parishioner and friend of St. Tom's.  

Episode 54

October 1st, 2021


September 30 was the birthday of my mother AND father.  Today's podcast is a reflection on them.  

Episode 53

September 24th, 2021


I offer some reflections on the events of September 11, 2001 and the challenges they present.  Here's a link to another podcast I mention in the broadcast.  

Episode 52

September 17th, 2021


Remembering events on the occasion of my 50th high school reunion.  

Episode 51 - the conclusion to my travelogue on Africa

September 10th, 2021


I'm out of quarantine and ready to finish my account of my trip to Africa.  

Announcement about my COVID status

September 3rd, 2021


I've test positive.  No episode this week.

Episode 49 - Into Africa - part one

August 27th, 2021


Hear about my trip to Kenya - my first to Africa - and my safari experiences.  

Episode 48 - Part two of our conversation with Jim McElroy

August 20th, 2021


Prayer simply must be a part of our life if we hope to grow spiritually.  There are many forms.  Jim and I talk about that need we all have to take care of ourselves and how prayer is a vital way to do that.  

Episode 47 - Part one of two parts - interview with Jim McElroy

August 13th, 2021


Jim McElroy talks about his own experience with centering prayer as an acolyte of Fr. Thomas Keating.  If you're interested in centering prayer or …

Episode 46

August 6th, 2021


The last segment of our three-part interview with nationally syndicated speaker and best-selling author Dr. Walt Larimore.  

Episode 45

July 30th, 2021


Part two of this amazing interview with Dr. Walt Larimore who gives us valuable insights on what it means to be truly, totally healthy.  

Episode 44

July 23rd, 2021


We begin a three-part series with Dr. Walt Larimore, physician and author of more than 40 books, including the best seller Fit Over 50.  Dr. Walt has appeared on many 360 with Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, and …

Episode 43 - Part 3 of our interview with author Gary Schmidt

July 16th, 2021


The conclusion to our interview with award-winning novelist and teacher Gary Schmidt.

Episode 42 - Part II of my conversation with award winning author Gary Schmidt

July 9th, 2021


Listen to author Gary Schmidt provide some fascinating insights to his writing, inspiration and motivation.

Episode 41 - Part one of interview with Gary Schmidt

July 2nd, 2021


Award-winning author - (National Book Award finalist and Newberry prize winner) - former Yankees (now Mets fan) - teacher - medievalist - UofI grad - what more can I say?  A great storyteller.  Listen to the first of …

Episode 40

June 25th, 2021


Listen to part two of our conversation with author, composer, singer, spiritual director, Steve Givens, as he discusses his personal experience with chemotherapy and a usually fatal disease.  

Episode 39

June 18th, 2021


I talk with Steve Givens who has written widely on spiritual direction and his own battle with a rare disease.  

Episode 38

June 11th, 2021


Stories of best friends.  

Episode 37

June 4th, 2021


"We are what we eat." - St. Augustine.  Oh my goodness!!  Do I look like gelato and no one has mentioned it??

Episode 36

May 28th, 2021


An interview from Houston where Dominican friar Br. Greg Dunn will profess his solemn vows on May 28.  Hear how this young man, who once aspired to …

Episode 35

May 21st, 2021


Part two of our conversation with seminarian Mark Hellinger

Episode 34

May 14th, 2021


We begin a break from our format and have an interview with seminarian Mark Hellinger

Episode 33

May 7th, 2021


More memorable moments from my time at St. Tom's and Purdue.

Episode 32

April 30th, 2021


Some of my most memorable moments at St. Tom's - Part I

Episode 31

April 23rd, 2021


How we began St. Tom's mission trips to Titanyen, Haiti.

Episode 30

April 16th, 2021


Mission trips and pilgrimages - unique encounters with our faith.  

Episode 29

April 9th, 2021


How do we keep our young people engaged?  The St. Tom's way!!!

Episode 28

April 2nd, 2021


My first years at St. Tom's and a little of the inspiration.

Episode 27

March 26th, 2021


I begin my time at St Tom's with my ordination and then my installation as the pastor.  What a whirlwind experience!  And a blessed one!!

Episode 26

March 19th, 2021


The episode that was difficult to get to:  after a lifetime of waiting to answer God's call, my ordination, but not without some bumps in getting …

Episode 25

March 12th, 2021


I have my first experience of ministry at St. Tom's and Purdue (Boiler Up!) and finish up my time and studies in St. Louis.  

Episode 24

March 5th, 2021


I begin my studies in Saint Louis and as an outcome of the Boston scandals, we are visited by representatives from the Vatican.

Episode 23

February 26th, 2021


My life as a Dominican friar begins in earnest - my first year as a novice in Denver.

Episode 22

February 19th, 2021


Chicago - an end to one journey and the beginning of a new one.  

Episode 21

February 12th, 2021


My time in Springfield Illinois posed some unique challenges and new opportunities.

Episode 20

February 5th, 2021


The beginning of a new journey. 

Episode 19

January 29th, 2021


"I'm going to Charleston where there's still some grace and charm."  -Rhett Butler

Episode 18

January 22nd, 2021


My years working for Big Jim Thompson - and the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan - and my last days in DC - at least for a little while.

Episode 18

January 22nd, 2021


My days working for Big Jim Thompson - the second Reagan inauguration - and my last years in DC - at least for a little while.

Episode 17

January 15th, 2021


Further reflections on the events in the U.S. Capitol and I begin my time with working for the State of Illinois in Washington and Governor Jim …

Episode 16

January 8th, 2021


Reflections on this week and my experiences of working in the Capitol and on the Hill.

Episode 15

January 1st, 2021


So where were you on January 1, 2000?  It was a big night for me!!

Episode 14

December 25th, 2020


The voice of Christmas past and present.  

Episode 13

December 18th, 2020


So now you get to hear what the rest of my first trip to Italy was like.

Episode 12

December 11th, 2020


Patrick goes to Italy for the first time.  Mamma mia!!

Homily from the Feastnof the Immaculate Conception

December 10th, 2020


I gave this homily on December 8, 2020 at the WashU Medical School. It touches on some current issues.

Episode 11

December 4th, 2020


Hear about my first full years in Washington DC.  

Episode 10

November 27th, 2020


My first full year in Washington DC - a year of many changes - great highs and lows.  

Episode 9

November 20th, 2020


When Fr. Patrick makes his podcast singing debut.

Episode 8

November 12th, 2020


Some thoughts about the election which provides a nice segue to the beginning of my career in Washington DC.  

Episode 7

November 6th, 2020


College comes to an end - and I begin the journey in the "real world"

Episode 6

October 30th, 2020


So we continue with my college experiences and a variety of firsts for me.  

Episode 5

October 23rd, 2020


Another weekly reflection from Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP.

Episode 4

October 16th, 2020


I talk about the end of my high school life and move on to college.  

Episode 3

October 9th, 2020


The Frank Friar has his first experience of being called to the priesthood in junior high school.

Episode 2

October 2nd, 2020


Further reflections of Fr. Patrick on his early life.

My First Podcast! | Sept 25, 2020

September 23rd, 2020


As I begin my podcast journey, I decided to speak about something in which I have some expertise - me.  I will spend the first few podcasts giving you a brief biography so that the future reflections will have some …

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