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From what I've found out online, the proper Mohawk pronunciation of this name is gah-dah-LEE.
-- Randee15  4/27/2006
I've only heard Kateri pronounced kuh-TEAR-ee.
-- ekatz7  8/2/2006
The only Kateri I've ever known pronounced her name like KAY-ter-ee.
-- NurseMom75  11/10/2006
I only like this name becasue it's close to one of my personal favorites: Katari. I pronounce it ka-TAR-ie.
-- stormy_lovegood  2/18/2007
What is that, four different pronunciations of Kateri - and none of them particularly similar to mine? I nearly had her as my confirmation saint (I am fully aware she isn't actually a saint), and was thinking it was more like "kuh-terry", with an emphasis on the 'ter'.
-- aqualime  11/1/2007
I have a cousin with this name and she pronounces it Kuh-terry.
-- jazzbunnie  11/13/2007
Really? I was thinking that KAT-er-ee would make sense because it's kind of like Katherine.
-- Anonymous User  6/30/2008
Supposedly means "eye of the sun."
-- LMS  11/23/2008
My daughter is named this and we pronounce it ka-TEER-ee. When we went to the shrine of Bl. Kateri in Auriesville NY that is how people were saying it, so that is what we stuck with.
-- kateri17  2/4/2010
Kateri Tekakwitha is no longer Blessed -- she was recently canonized: St. Kateri Tekakwitha. I know several people with this name, and they all pronounce it differently:
-- kah-TEER-ee (I've been to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY many times, which commemorates St. Kateri [among others], and it does seem that kah-TEER-ee is their preferred pronunciation)
-- KAH-ter-ee
-- kah-TEHR-ee
-- GOD-ah-lee (The parents of the girl with the GOD-ah-lee pronunciation [spelled Kateri] met a Native American woman with this name, who told them that GOD-ah-lee is the authentic Native American pronunciation)

The girls and women I know with this name range in age from newborn to middle-aged.
-- traleerose  12/15/2012
My niece works on the Mohawk Reservation in upstate NY. I spoke with her on Sunday, Dec.14, 2014. I mentioned to her about how I have been praying to St. Kateri, where she was from and when she was canonized. She immediately said to me that she knew about her, as it was the reservation's Saint. She corrected my pronunciation. The correct pronunciation is the Native American language pronounced phonetically: Gah - dah - lee.
-- pal3636  12/16/2014

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