About us

Competence Center for Christian Social Ethics

Kommende Dortmund brings people together in dialogue and, together with them, paves the way for a more just society, economy and politics. It is the social-ethical competence center of the Archdiocese of Paderborn with more than 70 years of experience in the transfer of knowledge, the formation of regional and international networks and the development of new projects and initiatives. With the ideal of justice of Christian social ethics in mind, Kommende Dortmund addresses and discusses ethical principles of living together in its educational and conference programs. In doing so, it meets everyone it comes into contact with openly and credibly - with heart and mind.



The earliest documented mention of the Brackel Kommende dates from June 24 1290, from the times of the Teutonic Knights. It was severely destroyed during the Thirty Years' War. Only after 1762 did things start to look up again. In 1946, the Oberstadt family donated the order house with its surrounding gardens to the Archdiocese of Paderborn. After extensive building measures, the social institute of the archdiocese was established here in 1949 - the foundation stone for today's educational and conference center.


A well-coordinated team works at the Kommende Dortmund. Without the professional commitment of the many people involved in administration, secretarial work, building services, service and catering, the diverse and demanding program of the social institute would not be possible.