Perpetual Light Society

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 witness demonstrates your selfless support for the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

— Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski
Archbishop of St. Louis


Our Mission

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. Your gift will provide perpetual annual distributions that will support the Annual Catholic Appeal long into the future.

Who Can Give

Membership in the Perpetual Light Society is open to anyone - regardless of income or age - who includes the Annual Catholic Appeal or the Endowment in their estate planning.

Benefits of Giving

Your planned gift, made from assets rather than income, can make a tremendous impact on the Annual Catholic Appeal, likely at no cost to your during your lifetime. Special recognition includes:

  • 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

Give Later*

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 Now

Make an outright gift of cash, stock, retirement assets or real estate.

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. The Annual Catholic Appeal partners with the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri to assist our donors with planned giving needs.

For more details on these and other ways you can support our fund with a planned gift, please visit or call 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.


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