Diocese of Knoxville

Hometown: Jamestown, Tennessee

Home Parish: St. Christopher

Donald “Bo” Beaty

I first felt the call to priesthood when I entered the Church in 2007. For over a decade, I worked my way up to a supervisor over three McDonald’s restaurants. During that time, I searched for a “burning bush” to answer my question about what God’s Will for me is. After never getting a clear answer on what I was being called to do, I began asking for the help of St. Therese of Lisieux, our Blessed Mother, and praying in front of the tabernacle every morning and evening before or after work. In the last few years my prayer went from, “Lord, tell me what you want” to “Lord, I don’t know what you want me to do, but here I am. May your Will be done, and may I have the grace to do it.”

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“O soul, whoever you may be in this world, even if your sins were black as night, do not fear God, weak child that you are, for great is the power of God’s mercy.” – Diary of St. Faustina, 1652

Fun Fact

In my spare time, I still love reading books about business, leadership, and team dynamics.