The Perpetual Light Society provides Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis the opportunity to support the Annual Catholic Appeal with a gift that will become a legacy for your families. I invite you to consider a bequest or other type of planned gift, and continue your personal or family tradition of faithful stewardship beyond your lifetime. Your faithful stewardship demonstrates your selfless support for the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
— Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the programs and ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in order to reach out to those who are suffering and in need, the weak and the abandoned, in every neighborhood and community our archdiocese.
Annual Catholic Appeal Endowment Fund
Established with the goal of securing the long-term financial future of the Annual Catholic Appeal, this fund ensures that our mission can be carried on for generations. Our permanent fund is invested in accordance with the social teaching of the Catholic Church at the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri and will provide perpetual annual distributions that will support the Annual Catholic Appeal long into the future.
Who Can Give
Anyone - regardless of income or age - can make a planned gift to our fund. Your planned gift, made from assets rather than income, can make a tremendous impact on the Annual Catholic Appeal, likely at no cost to you during your lifetime.
Benefits of Giving
Membership in the Perpetual Light Society is open to anyone who includes the Annual Catholic Appeal in their estate planning. Special recognition is as follows:
- Members are remembered for generations to come. Each name or family name is inscribed in the hand-painted archdiocesan "Book of Life" on display at the Cardinal Rigali Center.
- Members are invited to an annual appreciation event.
- Members are remembered in the prayers of our retired priests at Regina Cleri.
- Members receive a recognition of membership from the archbishop.
- Greetings are sent to members throughout the year from the archbishop.
Ways to Give
Make an outright gift of cash, stock, retirement assets or real estate.
Leave a gift through a bequest in your will or trust or designate our fund as beneficiary of your life insurance or retirement accounts.
Give and Receive
Make a gift and receive income for life or a term of years with a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder unitrust.
To discuss which planned giving option is right for you please contact the Roman Catholic Foundation at [email protected] or 314.918.2890.
*When leaving a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal Endowment Fund through your will or trust or by naming the fund as beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, please use the following language:
Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri (EIN 46-3309222)/Annual Catholic Appeal Endowment Fund.