Ida Friederike Görres

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Ida Friederike Görres (* December 2, 1901 at Ronsperg Castle / Böhmen ; † May 15, 1971 in Frankfurt am Main ) was a writer.

Family and resume

Ida Friederike Görres (birth name: Elisabeth Friederike Reichsgräfin Coudenhove-Kalergi) was the sixth child of the k. u. k. Diplomat Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi and his Japanese wife Mitsu Aoyama . She is a sister of the founder of the Paneuropean Union Richard Nikolaus Graf von Coudenhove-Kalergi .

Görres was a novice at the " English Misses " for 18 months , after which she was part of the management team of the Quickborn working group (founded in 1909). She graduated from the social women's school in Freiburg im Breisgau and studied history and church history . In 1928 she went to Dresden as a youth secretary for pastoral care for girls and worked there at the Catholic Educational Center. Since 1935 she was married to the engineer Carl-Josef Görres in Leipzig . Her brother-in-law was the psychologist and professor Albert Görres .

Görres was active as a writer and is important for the development of hagiography .

In the following years Görres lived in Degerloch and Freiburg . She was a participant in the Würzburg synod and died after a synod session in Frankfurt am Main . The requiem was given in the Freiburg Minster , the commemorative speech was given by Joseph Ratzinger .

Literary work

It strives [...] for a modern Catholicism, tied to the old faith, but intent on breaking through clerical and traditional schemes. (Brockhaus Encyclopedia Volume 7 Wiesbaden 1969: 484)


  • Conversations about holiness. A dialogue about Elisabeth of Thuringia (1931)
  • From the Burden of God (1932)
  • The Great Game of Mary Ward (1932)
  • Germanic Holiness (1934, on Radegundis and Heinrich von Seuse )
  • Of the Two Towers (1934)
  • The sevenfold escape of the Radegundis (1937)
  • The crystal (1939)
  • The other's load (1940, defends charity against the pretensions of state welfare under the Nazi regime)
  • Johanna (1943)
  • The Hidden Face (1944, on Therese von Lisieux )
  • Homelessness (1945)
  • Letter about the Church (1946)
  • Of Marriage and Loneliness (1949)
  • The Hidden Treasure (1949, poems)
  • The Bride of Alexis (1949, girls' book)
  • Nocturnen (1949, diary 1937–1947)
  • The Church in Body (1950)
  • From the world of saints (1955)
  • Lay Thoughts on Celibacy (1962)
  • Hedwig of Silesia (1967)
  • The victim. Another Look at John Henry Newmann (1949), published posthumously


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