The Secularization Project

The Secularization Project (TSP) was begun by the Provincial Council in early 2021. Its purpose is to explore the ideas, opinions, experiences, and feelings of the friars about secularization, and help them better integrate those elements into their Capuchin lives and ministry.

It is further hoped that the Project might lead to resolutions for consideration at the 2023 Provincial Chapter.

This page contains links to videos, book précis, and survey results that have been part of the Project.









The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going by Ryan Burge

The life and work of Charles Taylor by Ken Smits, Capuchin

Survey Results

Survey 1: Definitions and Descriptions

Survey 2: Ranking the Definitions and Descriptions

Survey 3: How do you experience secularization in your family of origin/capuchin life?

Survey 4: What good do you see in secularization?

Survey 5: How has secularization affected the ministries of the province, especially your own, past and present?


  1. Archbp. Gomez and Rev Reese’s articles about Secularization by Archbishop José Gomez and Thomas Reese. Introduction by TSP

Final Analysis

Document 1: Texts to Be Tested by Provincial Membership

Document 2: Texts #4 & 5 Combined