JORJORIAN, ARMEN, 1919-1973.
Armen Jorjorian papers, 1946-2005

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jorjorian, Armen, 1919-1973.
Title: Armen Jorjorian papers, 1946-2005
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 312
Extent: 1.67 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract:Papers include articles, lectures, workshop presentations, project files, and an unpublished book manuscript.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Series 4 (Case Materials) is restricted. All other series are unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Records, RG 001; American Association of Pastoral Counselors Records, RG 010.


[after identification of item(s)], Armen Jorjorian Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Aimee Morgan, 2005.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Armen Jorjorian, Episcopal priest and clinical pastoral educator, was born in Chicago in 1919. After receiving degrees from Northwestern University (B.A., 1944) and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (B.D., 1946), he enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Columbia University. Jorjorian planned to teach in the field of systematic theology; however, while working on his doctoral dissertation, he accepted a position as chaplain at Riker’s Island, New York. This marked the beginning of his interest in clinical pastoral education (CPE) and a profound shift in his ministry. In his own words, Jorjorian “[laid] aside the abstract concerns of theory in favor of the practical and immediate needs of people in stress.”

Jorjorian was ordained an Episcopal priest in New York in 1946. From 1947 to 1955, he held the positions of Staff Chaplain at the New York Protestant Episcopal City Mission Society, Protestant Chaplain at Bellevue Hospital, and Senior Staff Chaplain and Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education at Riker’s Island. He began his first clinical pastoral education program with eight students in 1953.

In 1955, Jorjorian moved to Houston to design a CPE program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. At St. Luke’s (and later at Texas Children’s Hospital), he held the position of Religious Director and Chaplain. He remained in Houston through the 1960s, and was an original member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education’s executive committee. Jorjorian was also involved with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors as a Diplomate. He lectured and wrote extensively, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Pastoral Care.

In 1972, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary chose Jorjorian as President of the Corporation and Dean of the Seminary. He held these positions until his death on December 30, 1973.

Jorjorian and his wife, Jean, had four children.

Biographical Source: “Pastor and Prophet: A Story of the Life and Work of Dr. Armen Jorjorian, D.D.,” Rev. Robert Leas, Series 2, Box 4, Folder 18.)

Scope and Content Note

Armen Jorjorian’s papers include articles, lectures, workshop presentations, project files, and an unpublished book manuscript. These writings cover a variety of topics in pastoral care and counseling. There are also a few files containing writings by others – most notably, a biographical paper on Jorjorian written by Rev. Robert Leas in 2005. Leas’s paper was written following a detailed examination of Jorjorian’s writings. It offers an interpretative overview of his life and ministry. Also included is one folder of case material from Jorjorian’s work in pastoral counseling. This folder is restricted.

The papers are organized into four series. The first, Writings and Lectures by Jorjorian, contains drafts and final copies of articles, speeches, lectures, papers, and other writings. Many of these pieces appeared in journals such as Pastoral Psychology and Journal of Pastoral Care. Series 1 also includes a draft of Jorjorian’s unpublished book, "The Pastoral-Prophetic Ministry." This book draws heavily on Jorjorian’s previous writings. The second series, Writings by Others, includes Leas’s biographical sketch, along with a few papers collected by Jorjorian. The third series is comprised of Jorjorian’s files on workshops, conferences, and numerous special projects in the field of pastoral care. The fourth series contains Jorjorian’s case material, and is restricted.

For additional collections on pastoral care, see the Pitts Theology library online subject guide at

Arrangement Note

Organized into 4 series: (1) Writings and Lectures, (2) Writings by Others, (3) Workshops, Conferences, and Projects, and (4) Case Materials.

Description of Series