Fr. Bryce McProud, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish in Eugene, Oregon, was born in 1948 in Moscow, Idaho. He is one of three children of Elbert and Vena McProud (both deceased). He attended elementary school and high school in Moscow, Idaho, graduating in 1967.
He attended the University of Idaho and earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1971 and a master’s degree in history in 1977. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1976 from the School of Theology at Claremont, California. He went on to earn a master’s degree of Theological Studies in Congregational Development at the Seabury/Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., in 1999, and a Sacred Theology Master’s degree in Anglican studies in 2004 at Nashotah House, Nashotah, Wis.
In 1973, Fr. Bryce was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He served as a pastor of the Genessee Community Church in Genessee, Idaho from 1974 to 1976. In 1978, Fr. Bryce was ordained a deacon for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. He was ordained an Episcopal priest for the Diocese of Spokane later that same year. As an Episcopal priest he served at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Yakima, WA from 1978 until 1980, served as rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Albany from1981 until 1984, and served at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, from 1985 until 2008. Fr. Bryce renounced Episcopal orders in October 2008 and entered the Catholic Church at that time.
Fr. Bryce and his wife, Deanna, have one son and two granchildren.
(from the Catholic Sentinel, Jan 7-20, 2011)