In early 2007, I was having dinner with Cardinal Francis George and Lord Black of Crossharbour, along with a few others. Lord Black, who prefers to be called by his first name, Conrad, and I had a very deep and long conversation with His Eminence (I am not at liberty to discuss the details). The dinner was an intimate gathering of roughly twenty of the church’s generous supporters. Lord Black and I were given the honor of sitting at His Eminence’s table along with a few others.
It was shortly after this 2007 dinner that I thought of forming a magazine or newspaper focusing on Christianity, specifically Catholicism. And I did – it was called Keys To Faith, which was named by Conrad. Keys To faith published its first article sometime around April 2008. One of the first pieces that I wrote was titled A Time Of Renewal And Remembrance. The article was inspired by a then recent anniversary celebration dinner for Bishop Emeritus Timothy Lyne, which I helped support. One of Conrad’s attorneys wanted to meet Bishop Lyne and His Eminence, so I invited her and her husband. There were 10 at my table because our editor was nice enough to join us as a last minute favor to me because my scheduled dinner companion suddenly came down with something. Mayor and the now late Maggie Daley were honorary co-chairs. It was a rather nice evening.
Conrad was very supportive of my attempt to enter the world of publishing and kindly contributed the article The State Of Faith, one of the first pieces on Keys To Faith.
Unfortunately, it did not take long for viewers who were familiar with my past to interrupt conversations in the comment threads with unrelated questions about gangsters and other matters involving Chicago’s colorful side. As the viewers lead the primary focus away from Catholicism, Keys To Faith conformed. As the focus shifted we decided to rename ourselves KTF Media Group – which was eventually folded into our American News Post brand.