Una visita a Lizzano Pistoiese oggi non è giustificata solo dalle straordinarie opere d'arte che avevano arricchito la vecchia chiesa parrocchiale che era stata distrutta da una frana nel 1814 e che poteva essere restaurata; ma anche per l'esistenza di alcuni murales nelle strade della città e una scultura in bronzo nel cimitero, opere di alcuni artisti fiorentini del "Donatello" che raccontano la storia di John Murphy.
alla Harvard University di Boston e si laureò in teologia e filosofia. È diventato
sacerdote, amico dei presidenti degli Stati Uniti e anche di papa Giovanni Paolo II, di cui è stato ospite a Cracovia, in Polonia.
A visit to Lizzano Pistoiese today is not justified only by the extraordinary works of art that had enriched the old parish church which had been destroyed by a landslide in 1814 and which could be restored; but also for the existence of some murals in the city streets and a bronze sculpture in the cemetery, works by some Florentine artists of the "Donatello" who tell the story of John Murphy.
Sergeant John Murphy had landed with his regiment in Livorno in the early winter of 1945 and was in command of a company of soldiers of the 10th division.
On the evening of January 15, he entered the church while it was snowing heavily, put his things on the ground and pulled out the rosary for the courteous protests of the parish priest to show that he was Catholic and that he was absolutely not lacking in respect and the need for war forced to take advantage of that temporary refuge. He was struck by the crucifix of Baccio da Montelupo which dominated the main altar and also by the faint oil lamp of the SS. Sacrament. He made friends with Don Mario Frati and worked in the village for more than a week, doing a lot of charity work. When the front moved north and therefore had to leave the comfortable accommodation of the rectory, the parish priest said, inspiring: "Why don't you become a priest?" Sergeant Murphy was stunned there; but as soon as he said goodbye, he went to Harvard University in Boston and graduated in theology and philosophy. He became a priest, a friend of the presidents of the United States and also of Pope John Paul II, of which he was a guest in Krakow, Poland.