"On Saturday, November 1, celebrations in honor of the 50th anniversary of the glorification of Righteous John of Kronstadt were held at St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, NY. Also celebrated was the 60th anniversary of the founding of a Memorial Fund in the saint’s name, which was originally organized to aid in the church’s construction. At the outset, a two-story church was proposed: the lower floor would be dedicated to the Kronstadt elder’s patron saint, Venerable John of Ryla, while the upper floor would be dedicated to St. John of Kronstadt, with the altar dedicated to the Holy Hierarch Nicholas the Wonderworker. But ultimately, only a single-story church was built, which nevertheless became a monument to the saint and a holy undertaking for its many parishioners.
The festal Divine Liturgy was led by His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. Concelebrating was His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, secretary of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund, who – owing to the absence of its president, Bishop Peter of Cleveland – spoke about the Fund’s history and work. The bishops were co-served by Archimandrite Luke (Murianka; abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY), Archpriest David Hritcko (rector of St. Basil’s Church in Simpson, PA), Archpriest George Kallaur (rector of "Unexpected Joy" Church on Staten Island, NY), memorial church rector Archpriest Michael Taratuchin, Archpriest Nikolai Meyers (rector of St. George’s Antiochian Church in New Hartford, NY), Priest Kevin Kalish (rector of Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Norwich, CT), Hieromonk Anatoly (Zilin; cleric of Holy Trinity Monastery), parish Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk, Protodeacon Alexander Jarostchuk (cleric of Holy Epiphany Church in Boston, MA), Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur (cleric of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY), parish Deacon Nicholas Kolasz, and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; cleric of the Australian Diocese).
The Liturgy was celebrated under the aegis of the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God; also displayed in church were the holy icons of St. John of Kronstadt and his Heavenly patron, Ven. John of Ryla.
The divine services were adorned by the singing of a combined parish, seminary, and youth choir. At the Little Entrance, in honor of the 25th anniversary of his diaconal ordination and for his dedicated service to the Holy Church, parish rector Archpriest Michael Taratuchin was awarded the jeweled cross.
Metropolitan Hilarion addressed the faithful with a sermon, in which he spoke about St. John, the anniversary of whose glorification was being celebrated that day. The clergy, parishioners, and guests then performed a procession around the church, offering hymns to the Most Holy Theotokos and Saints John of Kronstadt and John of Ryla; the Polychronion was intoned for the bishops and rector.
Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk, treasurer of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund, spoke in detail about the church’s history, gathering funds for its construction, and its adornment and frescoing. After a greeting from Fr. George Kallaur, who had grown up in that church, the clergy and guests of the feast continued their interaction at a festal luncheon."
Source: Eastern American Diocese http://eadiocese.org/News/2014/nov/utica.en.htm