Decora a place for young women to discover feminine genius

by Lia Coyle


Lia Coyle (submitted photo)

Decora is an amazing retreat experience for women coming to Fargo on Feb. 24. “Decora” is the Latin adjective for “beautiful.”

This event is designed to inspire women to understand their authentic beauty and immense value as daughters of Christ. Decora enlightens them in their feminine vocation and dignity through the teachings of St. John Paul II and the Catholic Church.

The day is full of educational experiences, including two talks from a phenomenal keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and various activities. Decora empowers women through a holistic (body, mind, soul) approach to health and fertility. This event especially focuses on educating women using evidence-based science on the beauty of the female cycle and fertility care by a nurse and nurse practitioner.

Jenna, an NDSU senior and a participant in Decora 2016/2017, explained the importance of Decora. “Telling women who they are is very needed in this society.”

Christy, an NDSU alumni and former participant in Decora stated, “Decora has shown me that I don’t have to be afraid of what the world tells me about my womanhood, because I am beautiful, I am loved, and I am enough.”

Sister Mary Madeline, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia and a renowned speaker on Christian living, will be the keynote for the day. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Memphis. She is a regular member of the Catholic Women’s Forum of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an invited speaker for the International Seminar “Toward an Integral Feminine Theology” based in Rome. Sister Mary Madeline currently travels the world presenting on various theological, ethical, and moral issues.

Sister Mary Madeline will present two keynote presentations based on John Paul II’s book, Vocation and Dignity of Women. The first will guide women through the process of discovering their dignity in Christ.

“Many competing voices try to tell us who we are and what makes us successful as women,” said Sister Mary Madeline. “Christ came to reveal the surprising and liberating truth that each of us is a beloved daughter of a very good Father who has a beautiful plan for her life.”

The second talk will inspire women to believe they are called to life-giving love.

“Each of us has unique and amazing gifts,” said Sister, “but we all share a common calling: to place those gifts at the service of life-giving love. The world becomes richer, and we become happier to the extent that we discover and live this call.”

In addition to Sister Mary Madeline’s keynotes, the agenda includes breakout sessions, a fashion show, lunch, and a guy panel. The breakouts will be centered on physical and spiritual self-care, fertility, and hospitality. The fashion show will feature numerous young women modeling modest, but extremely stylish apparel. Toward the end of the day, a panel of young men of differing relationship statuses will answer various questions about relationships, how guys perceive women, or other issues of particular interest. Decora participants can anonymously send their questions to

Decora is for college-aged women and for High School girls and their mothers. Come rejoice in your feminine genius, learn how beauty can save the world, and discover the truth about authentic feminism! For more information and registration, head to

Lia Coyle is a sophomore at NDSU majoring in social studies education. She works as a peer minister at the St. Paul's Newman Center in Fargo. As a peer minister, she helps coordinate bisonCatholic events, assists the development team, and is involved in outreach activities on the NDSU campus.