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This week in Madrid


This week in Madrid
SLU-Madrid celebrates Holy Week, March 26-April 1

Saturday, March 24

Pre-Semana Santa University Housing Move-Out Date

Sunday, March 25

Daylight Savings Time Begins in Spain (Clocks spring one hour ahead at 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.)

Palm Sunday

6:00 p.m. · Sunday Mass on Campus · SIH Interfaith Chapel

Monday, March 26

Semana Santa Vacation (SLU-Madrid and Library Closed for Easter Week)

Wednesday, March 28 - Miércoles Santo (Holy Wednesday)

7:30 p.m. · Madrid's Archbishop takes part in the Via Crucis. After, the brotherhood of the Cruzados de la Fe retrieve their Christ icon, Santísimo Cristo de la Fe, from his resting place (C/ Atocha, 87) and venerate his image with a besapié (his foot is kissed).

8:15 p.m. · Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmen y San Luís (C/ Carmen, 10) · Procession of the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud and María Santísima de las Angustias.

Thursday, March 29 - Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)

7:00 p.m. · Church of San Pedro (C/ Nuncio, 14) · The processions of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, El Pobre, and María Santísima del Dulce Nombre.

8:00 p.m. · Real Colegiata de San Isidro (C/ Toledo, 37) · The religious images of the Virgin María Santísima de la Esperanza and Jesús del Gran Poder are brought through the main door by the costaleros (who have to get down on their knees to perform this act).

Friday, March 30 - Viernes Santo (Good Friday)

7:00 p.m. · Basílica del Cristo de Medinaceli (Plaza de Jesús) · The procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, winds through Madrid's most famous streets and plazas, including Puerta de Sol and Plaza de Cibeles.

7:00 p.m. · Iglesia del Santísimo Cristo de la Fe (C/ Atocha, 87) · A silent procession.

8:30 p.m. · Parish Church of Santa Cruz (C/ Atocha, 6) · Madrid's Ayuntamiento or City Hall sponsored procession: Santo Entierro, with the image of Lignum Crucis.

Saturday, March 31 - Sábado Santo (Easter Saturday)

4:30 pm · Real Iglesia Parroquial de San Ginés (C/ Arenal, 13) · The procession of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.

Sunday, April 1 - Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday)

Easter Sunday / Post-Semana Santa University Move-In Date

Midday · Plaza Mayor · The Tamborada del Domingo de Resurrección, a selected brotherhood assembles drums of all shapes and sizes and beats out a constant rhythm, representing the tremors supposedly felt on earth when Christ died on the cross.


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Easter Week. Attend the Easter processions on the streets of Madrid, with rolling drums, trumpets and worshippers in colorful attire. Until April 1. The program of events can be found here.

Street Markets are becoming popular meeting points for manufacturers, producers, designers and clients. Click here for a list of markets around the city.

Imagine Dragons in concert. Saturday, April 7. WiZink Center. Avenida Felipe II, s/n; Metro: O'Donnell.

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Classes Resume (Full Day): Monday, April 2

Registration for Fall 2018 Semester Begins at 2:00 p.m. Madrid time (7:00 a.m. for Seniors, Juniors & Honors Students): Wednesday, April 4

9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 7

Atlas Week: "From Broken Walls, We Build Bridges: Out of Conflict Rises Community": April 9-13

Guest Speaker: David Roas, Professor of Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, "El reverso de lo real. Formas y categoría de lo insólito": Thursday, April 12

Theatre Workshop Presents: "Love and Information" by Caryl Churchill: April 12 and 13


Registration for Fall 2018 begins on Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. for Seniors, Juniors & Honors students). 

Interested in a Summer 2018 Administrative Support Scholarship? If you are registered for summer classes, send an email to

Enroll in the U.S. Embassy's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel/security updates and be contacted in case of emergencies. Download the Embassy's free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information.

Update your temporary address, emergency contact details, and cell phone numbers in BANNER. SLU-Madrid needs this information to notify you in the event of an emergency.

The U.S. State Department has not issued any recent travel alerts. But we urge our students to exercise common sense and good judgment. Read our security protocols on-line.

In case of an emergency while traveling, contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate.

All degree-seeking students with a NIE (Spanish residence card) who want to travel outside Spain at the end of this semester: check the expiration date on your NIE. You cannot enter Spain with an expired residency card or an expired visa. You need to:

  1. Start the renewal process before leaving Spain.
  2. Apply for an Autorización de Regreso if your NIE expires while you are out of Spain.

Contact Carlos in Student Life for more information.

What do we Christians feel when we reflect on the truth that Jesus has risen to a new life? I believe that first and foremost we feel gratitude to God. Through the resurrection of Jesus, we see that God has kept his promise to his Son and to us. Now we know that we can call God Abba, "Father," with absolute confidence, just as Jesus did.

And we see that God truly is a friend of life. We see it when we look at Jesus, who had a passion for a life lived out fully, sanely and justly. We understand why Jesus put restoring the health of the sick and the outcast over the suffocating religious traditions and norms of his time.

We know that God identifies himself not with the crucifiers but with the crucified. Jesus lived among the poor, the sick and the hungry, not among the Pharisees and masters of the Law. And, like Jesus, we too are called to carry on in His name, to defend all those who are mistreated by the world around them; the poor, the immigrant, the sick.

Easter, then, is the time to follow Jesus' invitation to convert our hearts; it is a time to closely follow Him; it is a time to be His presence in our world.

James O'Leary, S.J.
Campus Chaplain

   • Spring 2018 Academic Calendar
   • Spring 2018 Course Offerings
   • Spring 2018 Office Hours


Opportunities and Invitations

Come to SLU-Madrid's 9th Easter Egg Hunt, where there'll be fun and games for you and your family. Sign up here. Saturday, April 7, 11:00 a.m., SIH Patio.

Win a €50 gift certificate for your writing! SLU-Madrid hosts its annual Writing Contest. Submissions are due on April 23. Categories include academic writing in English and creative writing (English/Spanish). For submission information, see the English Department webpage.

Are you interested in a Jesuit service or pilgrimage experience during the Summer 2018? Information and sign up form here.

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