Enrico dal Covolo was born on October 5, 1950 in Feltre, in the province of Belluno (Northern Italy). He professed his first vows in the Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco on October 2, 1973. In 1974, he received his degree in Classical Literature from the Sacred Heart Catholic University of Milan. In Milan, he was ordained a priest on December 22, 1979. He received his doctorate from the Faculty of Patristic Science and Theology at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome, and he taught in the Faculty of Christian and Classical Letters at the Pontifical Salesian University, where he also served as Vice-Dean and later as Vice-Chancellor. In 2003, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr. Pascual Chavez, appointed him as General Postulator for the Causes of Saints in the Salesian Family. In February 2010, he preached the Lenten spiritual exercises to Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia. On June 30th of the same year, the Pope appointed him as Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, and on September 15th, he was elevated to the dignity of bishop and assigned the titular diocese of Heraclea.